Free Workshops and Programs

Free workshops and programs


City offers Free public workshops

Cred: Street Art

November 3, 2017 – January 25, 2018


Santa Fe, New Mexico— The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission will present three public programs as part of, “Cred: Street Art”,” an exhibit that brings street art inside.  All events take place at the Community Gallery, 201 West Marcy Street, inside the Santa Fe Community Convention Center and are FREE and open to the public.  For more information call, 505-955-6705 or email [bot protected email address].


Paint In/Dance Party

Saturday, January 13, 2018, 2-4 pm in the Community Gallery

 Join us for a free Paint In event, led by Shakti Kroopkin. Participating artists in Cred are invited to bring their materials and canvases and set up a space to create art to accompanying music provided by Adem Joel, DJ. Free and open for the public to meet the artists, dance along and observe.

Shakti Kroopkin was born in Chicago 1976, graduated from the world-renowned School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1998 and moved to Santa Fe, NM in 2005. In transformative spontaneity, Kroopkin’s work bridges Zen Brush painting, Abstract Expressionism, Surrealism and Street art. She produces sumi ink and oil paintings, steel and bronze sculpture, commissions, live painting performances at events and fundraisers, giclee reproductions, custom skateboards and clothing, abstract art workshops, and offers art donations to nonprofits. Shakti’s work invites the viewer to explore, awaken associations and memory, and access creative thought. Kroopkin is nationally shown and internationally collected.

Adem Joel’s mindful attention to research and detail of EDM set the tone for Nu-Skool and Tribal Breakbeat style music in New Mexico. Since early 2012 Adem and his creative crew called the Red Earth Collective have been hosting a monthly gathering in Santa Fe called Sounds Lke PRIMAL!!! which is geared towards the gathering of Activated Artist music, visionary painting, dance/movement and interactive art coming together to express themselves under one roof or under the start in hopes of creating a sacred space for patrons to dance and channel what it is that makes them feel abundant in individual creativity.


Tlacuilo (the Poet Scribe) 101 - Codex Making Workshop

Saturday, January 20, 2018, 1-4 pm in the Community Gallery

 For the Azteca the Tlacuilo was the poet scribe. She or he was the one that carved on wall or wood and painted the words on paper. You will create a foldable codex book to take home at the end of the workshop. The first half will feature some watercolor exploration while looking at current trends of asemic writing. Here the word “asemic” translates into “having no specific content,” and from this starting point you will craft a narrative through abstract content. Students will generate images both individually and together to tell their stories. During the second half writing prompts will focus on the context of collective ancestries and write short narratives about where we are from and where we are going in an effort to explore community. Students will work on cardstock, pencils, pens, markers and some water based media.


Israel Francisco Haros Lopez was born in East Los Angeles to immigrant parents of Mexican descent.  He is a recent recipient of the Kindle Project's "Makers Muse Award"  for his community work. He brings his firsthand knowledge of the realities of migration, U.S. border policies, and life as a Mexican American to his work with families and youth as a mentor, educator, art instructor, ally, workshop facilitator and activist. Even with a 1.59 High school G.P.A., Israel managed to go back to the community college and raise his grades to get accepted into U.C. Berkeley and receive a degree in English Literature and Chicano Studies followed by an M.F.A in Creative Writing. At formal and informal visual art spaces, Israel creates and collaborates in many interdisciplinary ways including poetry, performance, music, visual art, and video making and curriculum creation. His work addresses a multitude of historical and spiritual layered realities of border politics, identity politics, and the re-interpretation of histories. 



All events take place at the Community Gallery, 201 West Marcy Street, inside the Santa Fe Community Convention Center and are free and open to the public. For more information call, 505-955-6705 or email [bot protected email address].






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