Arts and Culture Department










Mayor's Awards for excellence in the arts 2021

Join us for a Zoom event on Thursday, May 6th at 5:30 pm to honor our slate of amazing awardees!

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


Deadline extended!

Calls for ARtists:   


Project Location:         Santa Fe Community Convention Center

Project Budget:           $50,000


This project seeks to activate and celebrate the people of Santa Fe.

This project is funded through the Art In Public Places program which allocates 2% of capital

improvement projects towards permanent public artworks. These projects are part of the 2018

Gross Revenue Tax Bond projects.


The Community Convention Center is sited on sacred grounds and situated within the

Downtown Historic District. The following considerations must be taken into account:

Mural to be painted direclty onto tower walls

Non-aersol paint application

Protective coating to be applied


All materials (or questions) should be submitted to: [bot protected email address] with the subject

Culture Connects: Community Convention Center Mural Public Art Project Submittal

Deadline- May 6, 2021, 5 pm MST

The revised RFQ reflects a change in the proposed location of the mural for the Community Convention Center with an extended deadline of May 6, 2021. See below for the revised RFQ.

For more info: CCC Mural RFQ Final

If artwork proposal and/or designs are selected, the artist will be required to enter into a contract with the City of Santa Fe. Because the artwork will be located on public property, and because the City of Santa Fe is a public entity subject to laws, rules, and regulations which are not necessarily applicable to private persons or companies, the Arts and Culture Department has prepared a form agreement for use in connection with artwork commissioned for Public Art. A copy of the form agreement can be found here: Artist Work for Hire Info

If an artist is selected, the artist acknowledges that he/she is willing and able to enter into a contract in the form made available on the Arts and Culture Department website. The Arts and Culture Department reserves the right to revise or change its form agreement at any time, for any reason, and to require artists to use the revised form for contracting purposes.



Santa Fe Searching for its Next Poet Laureate

Deadline: Monday May 17, 2021, 5 pm

The City of Santa Fe is searching for its next Poet Laureate! The Santa Fe Arts Commission Poet Laureate program, established in 2005, strives to promote a meaningful poetic presence as part of the diverse cultural fabric of the city. This is an honorary position given to a person who has established a presence in the world of poetry, has demonstrated a commitment to and passion for poetry, and embraces the opportunity to engage in civic discourse. The new Poet Laureate will succeed poet Elizabeth Jacobson, who has served from 2019- June 2021. The Poet Laureate program is designed to enhance the presence of the literary arts in Santa Fe and create a focal point for the expression of Santa Fe’s culture through the literary arts. Objectives for the program also include raising awareness of the power of poetry and the spoken word, providing a forum for the cross pollination of art forms, and fostering the personal and professional growth of the Poet Laureate. Over time, the program will generate a body of work that commemorates the life of the city, the spirit of its people, and its special qualities. The honorary position is given to a person who has established a reputation in the world of poetry, demonstrated commitment and passion for poetry, and embraces the opportunity to engage in civic discourse. Duties are both ceremonial, through appearances at city events; and educational, through a community outreach project. This project must address a diverse audience with public readings, workshops, and the acceptance of invitations from schools and local organizations.


The Poet Laureate will make four appearances per year at City-sponsored events as determined by the Arts and Culture Department. The Poet Laureate must be over 21 years of age and a resident of Santa Fe County for at least two years, or have been employed in Santa Fe County for at least two years, with a deep involvement in and commitment to the community. The Poet Laureate will serve two years based on the city's fiscal year. Applications are due Monday, May 17.

To Review the Guidelines: Poet Laureate Guidelines 2021

Application Process:

The application proess is in two phases.

A.  The application packet must include:

1) Poet's name, address, phone number.

2) Copy of the poet's resume.  Letter of interest from poet, including a proposal and budget for an educational outreach project.

3) Three to fine poems by the poet.  If the poet writes in a language other than English, the original poetry and an English translation should be submitted.

a.  Poems may be submitted on distinctive paper and/or printing method, but must be legible and have the ability to be photocopied without damage.

B.  After the Poet Selection Panel's determination of up to three finalists, the finalists will interview with the Panel including a reading of their work.

Applications can be emailed to  [bot protected email address]







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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