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2022 Mayor's awards for excellence in the arts

Save the Date:  Thursday, October 13, 2022

5 to 8 pm

More Information: HERE



Community gallery exhibit

Call for Artists

"EXCHANGE RATE:  The Art of Currency"

Summer 2023

For more info and to apply go HERE




 The City of Santa Fe Arts and Culture Department announces new COMMUNITY gALLERY eXHIBIT


jUNE 3 - sEPTEMBER 1, 2022


 Opening, Friday, June 3, 5-7 pm


@ the Community Gallery

201 West Marcy Street

For everyone’s safety, masks are encouraged


Santa Fe, NM—The City of Santa Fe Arts and Culture Department announces an exciting new Community Gallery exhibit, Brick X Brick: Artworks Inspired by Earthen Architecture on display June 3 through September 1, 2022. The public is invited to an opening on Friday, June 3, 2022 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Santa Fe Community Gallery, 201 W. Marcy St.

The intent of this exhibit is to inspire artists to take a second look at the legacy of earthen architecture and land art in New Mexico. Earthen Architecture is affordable. It is natural. It is energy efficient. It is vernacular. It is beautiful. And it is universal to planet Earth.


Participating artists were asked to consider the form, function, aesthetic, innovation, history and future of earthen architecture including the following:

  • What are the roles of light, shade and shadow in our perception of architecture and its representation in the visual arts? 
  • How (and why) has earthen architecture fallen in and out of public favor over time?
  • What market forces shape these perceptions and how do they reflect issues of race, class and ethnicity?
  • What is role of the adobe “aesthetic” in Santa Fe and New Mexico… both real and fauxdobe?
  • Will sustainability and climate change create a surge in demand for earthen architecture alternatives in construction?
  • What are your direct experiences with earthen architecture? Living in, owning, maintaining, preserving, constructing, studying or admiring?


“For residents of New Mexico, the ubiquity of adobe and earthen architecture can easily be taken for granted. For most visitors, the aesthetic of our vernacular architecture is a charming, sharp contrast to the built environments they are familiar with. It is our hope that this exhibit will help visitors learn more about our architectural traditions and remind our locals how distinct and special our built history is.” states Rod Lambert, Assistant Director, Arts and Culture Department.


Participating artists include: Evalyn Bemis, Jack Bordnick, Susan Case, Rick Fisher, Sarah Sao Mai Habib, Diane Kell, Carolyn Lamuniere, Marietta Patricia Leis, Beryl Markowitz, Barbara McCulloch, Jack McGowan, Betsie Miller-Kusz, Paul Murray, Wilbur Norman, Cheri O’Brien, Francisco Ochoa, Ruben Olguin, Bomi Parakh, Scott Parker, Brian Pottorff, Heather Protz, Joseph Ptacek, Michael Sharber, Melinda Silver, Susan Waller and Bette Yozell.


In conjunction with the exhibit, a series of free public programs addressing topics related to the theme are planned. All events take place at the Community Gallery, 201 West Marcy Street, inside the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. For more information call, 505-955-6707 or email [bot protected email address].

For more info on programming events GO HERE


Mayor's Awards for excellence in the arts 2021

This wonderful event took place (virtually) on Thursday, May 6th at 5:30 pm and honored our slate of amazing awardees!

More info on the winners and the link to the event HERE


To watch the YouTube video recording of the event HERE




City of Santa Fe Launches “Los Maskareñas”,

A Short Video Series for COVID Safety Featuring Carlos Medina

“Los Maskareñas”, a PSA starring local entertainer Carlos Medina, is part of an effort by the City of Santa Fe to reach the Spanish speaking community with targeted messaging around COVID safe practices. A comedic four-part mini-series, “Los Maskareñas” depicts a day in the life of a Southside Santa Fe family as they navigate how to live safely in a COVID world.


Premiere of "Yo Prometo" PSA Video

"Yo Prometo" is Public Service Video featuring Carlos Medina, produced by Mountain Mover Media and the City of Santa Fe, Arts and Culture Department in response to COVID-19 based on the City’s “I Promise” campaign to encourage residents and visitors to use safety practices while out in the community or engaging with others.

We wanted to remind everyone to use CSP (COVID Safe Practices) while engaging with others.  There are simple things you can do to prevent the spread and help us keep our community safe!

  • Wear face coverings
  • Practice social distancing
  • Wash/sanitize your hands regularly

There are numerous people can thank who contributed to the development and production of this video, but we want to share a special thanks to Kaela and Carlos for their talent, enthusiasm and creativity on this project!

 You can view the videos on the website HERE or visit our Facebook page at  


We also encourage you to sign up for the Promise at


Also, if you aren’t already following us on social media, please do so to stay up to date on stories and features while you are social distancing. 


Our Facebook page:

Instagram: @santafeartsculture


New Web Page Contribution Invitation

TOURISM Santa Fe has launched its Santa Fe Virtual Experiences page to allow potential visitors and locals to experience The City Different from the comfort of their own homes!

For consideration to be included on this page, please supply the following information, along with a hi-res logo for your business to:

 Jordan Guenther [bot protected email address] and Joy Rice [bot protected email address]

 Information Requested:

 Business Name:

  1. Name of Experience:
  2. Is this a live event (Y/N)?
    1. If so, date and time?
  1. Website URL (that contains information on your Virtual Experience):
  2. Description of Experience:


Business has created a landing page on their website which highlights various virtual experiences that can be enjoyed at home, any time. The page should include messaging about “virtual experience,” “online exhibition”, “live demonstration,” etc. Be sure to include any videos highlighting your business on this page.

  • Business has converted an existing offering into a live experience that can be joined via Zoom, Facebook Live or other web-based conferencing platform.
  • Virtual Tours created through Google VR, Art Steps or other 360-degree or 3D video technology.

Twitter: @santafeartcultr



All City closures, event/meeting cancellations, and postponements are effective until further notice.  The City will continue to monitor current health recommendations and best practices and provide updates.


The City of Santa Fe will continue to provide all other services.  This emergency health situation continues to change and evolve. The City will continue to monitor emerging health recommendations and best practices to make decisions on any closures, policies, or practices.  We will provide regular updates on our website, social media, and on Alert Santa Fe.  Please sign up for Alert Santa Fe to receive emergency updates by visiting Santa Fe Alert.


The City encourages private employers to take similar precautions.

•       Prevention is still the priority

•       Wash your hands

•       Avoid touching your face

•       Cover a sneeze or cough

•       Wipe down surfaces that are touched by or shared by others

•       Use “social distancing” as a way to avoid contact as much as possible

•       The proper distance to avoid exposure is a minimum of 6 feet

•       Avoid shaking hands (bump elbows instead)


Only the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) can coordinate testing for COVID-19. It is offering testing to patients who fit a specific profile of symptoms and risk factors. The hotline number for the New Mexico Department of Health is 855-600-3453.


 The City of Santa Fe is proud to announce that the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission has officially been renamed the City of Santa Fe Arts and Culture Department. 

This change reflects the value and importance of arts and culture in our community and the City’s dedication to fostering and expanding that mission. Read the official announcement Arts Department Press Release.

In commemoration of this exciting development, we've refreshed our look and will continue to make improvements to better serve Santa Fe's thriving artistic community.

We provide leadership by and for the City to support arts and cultural affairs; we recommend policies and programs that develop and promote artistic excellence in our community. 

Cultural Investments
Cultural Investments
The Santa Fe Community Gallery
The Santa Fe Community Gallery
Arts in Public Places
Art in Public Places
Culture Connects Santa Fe
Culture Connects Santa Fe

Current Events and Opportunities

  • PREMIERE of "Los Maskareñas”, a PSA starring local entertainer Carlos Medina, is part of an effort by the City of Santa Fe to reach the Spanish speaking community with targeted messaging around COVID safe practices.  To Watch:  HERE
  • ARTSCAPADES- Santa Fe's Public Art Walking Tour, (Featuring Four Themed Maps) Are Live Now!  More info:  History and Culture Map, Animals Map, River Walk (East) Map, and Downtown Map)


Contact Information and Hours

Physical Address: 201 W. Marcy (map), Santa Fe, NM 87501

Mailing Address: PO Box 909, Santa Fe, NM 87504-0909

[bot protected email address]

Ph: (505) 955-6707

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Arts Commissioners and Staff

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