|In March 2019 Creative Santa Fe hosted ‘The Future of Art: A Disruptive Futures Dialogue’. The program brought together hundreds of community voices to identify the opportunities and barriers Santa Fe faces moving into the future of the arts. In a program survey distributed throughout the city to identify the top factors that draw participation in the arts, ‘Experiencing New Things’ ranked highest, being identified as a key factor in 60% of all survey responses. This finding supports La Placa Cohen’s 2017 Culture Track Report which identified that ‘play and experience’ are the top factors drawing arts and culture participation nationally.
Recognizing this growing national and hyper-local trend, the Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts and Creative Santa Fe partnered to host a community discussion about art and experience on Thursday, June 20th and Tuesday, June 25th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Over 100 community members signed up to participate in this discussion over the course of two evenings. Among six groups, the questions “Is the arts experience becoming more valuable that the art object?” and “How do you imagine the market for ‘experience’ and ‘play’ could potentially shape the future of the art in Santa Fe over the next 20 years?” were explored amid many delicious dishes brought by each guest. The conversations were thoughtful, inspiring, deeply personal, and led to a few core concepts. Here are a few takeaways from the notes recorded at each table:
Thank you to everyone who participated in these discussions. We have recorded all of the feedback from attendees, and we are sharing these takeaways and others with our partners throughout the community to continue advancing the important conversations around the future of arts in Santa Fe.
Subscribe to our newsletter to receive an invitation to Creative Santa Fe special events like this one: