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Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts



City Seeks Nominations for

Annual Arts Awards 2022

Deadline Extended to March 15, 2022!

Community Encouraged To Nominate Outstanding Individuals and Businesses


SANTA FE, January 14, 2022—Mayor Alan M. Webber and the City of Santa Fe Arts & Culture Department announce a call for nominations for the 2022 Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts. Each year, the Mayor’s Awards recognize the outstanding contributions that individuals, organizations and businesses have made to the Santa Fe arts community. Any member of the public may nominate someone for any one of five categories:


  • Arts – an artist or organization doing exceptional work - film, literary, new media, performing and visual
  • Philanthropy – an individual or organization whose charitable work advances the arts and culture field
  • Culture Connects – an individual or organization who engages under served communities through an equity, inclusion and accessibility lens
  • Arts Innovator – an artist or organization that has created innovative programs or techniques
  • Melissa Engestrom Youth Artist Award - artist under 21 year of age or younger who has demonstrated artist excellence and commitment to the artsArts - artist or organization doing exceptional work - film, literary, new media, performing and visual
  • And introducing a new category:
  •       Lifetime Accomplishment Award – an individual who has during their lifetime a    commitment to support arts and culture and made significance contributions to the field.

Nominees should have demonstrated a sustained commitment to the Santa Fe arts community that will have a lasting impact. Recipients will be honored in a virtual ceremony in late Spring 2022 and an outdoor awards’ event in summer 2022 – pending COVID guidelines.

“These awards celebrate the essence of Santa Fe,” said Mayor Webber. “We’re looking forward to honoring the new and the traditional, the makers and the givers, all of whom support and nourish our vibrant arts scene.”

To Nominate:

Online nomination forms are available via Survey Monkey HERE

or email [bot protected email address] for hardcopy form.

The deadline for receipt of nominations is Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at 5 PM MST

Individuals over 21 years of age are eligible to be nominated for the Mayor’s Award. Youth 21 years of age and younger may be nominated for the Engestrom Youth Award. Past recipients of the Mayor’s Awards as well as those that have received the Governor’s Arts Awards within the past five years may not be nominated.

For more information, contact the Arts & Culture Department at 505-966-6707 or via email at [bot protected email address].


Mayor's Arts Awards and Melissa Engestrom Youth Art Award

The process of selecting each year’s slate of recipients starts with members of the public recommending worthy individuals and organizations. A committee then undertakes the challenging task of culling this list down to a suggested group. In reviewing the recommendations, the committee looks for artistic excellence, significant contributions to the arts and commitment to Santa Fe. The Mayor then finalizes the selection.

Presented at this ceremony is also the Melissa Engestrom Youth Art Award, honoring the artistic achievements and community service of an individual 21 years of age or younger. Past recipients of the Melissa Engestrom Youth Art Award have gone on to be successful professional artists in Santa Fe and beyond.

Since 1991, the City of Santa Fe has recognized individuals, organizations and businesses for their outstanding contributions to the arts in Santa Fe. Here is a look at recent awardees of Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts


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.

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