In March 2019 Creative Santa Fe hosted The Future of Art: A Disruptive Futures Dialogue. Program audiences were asked the question “What are some new projects we can initiate now to support our arts community?” Attendees identified over 220 ideas in response, – the majority addressing the need for more arts networking opportunities in Santa Fe. Creative Santa Fe responded to this finding with the Creative Mingle: An Arts Networking Event program which took place Tuesday, July 16th in partnership with the Santa Fe Opera.
Creative Mingle guests brought picnic dinners to the Dapples Pavilion and and shared a memorable evening of conversation, networking Bingo, a photobooth, and delicious refreshments. Our guest presenter Elizabeth Kunz led an activity exploring the Hero’s Journey and how it relates to the arts community in Santa Fe. Afterwards attendees enjoyed a free dress rehearsal performance of Jenůfa at the Santa Fe Opera.
So far, attendees have reported an average of 7 new connections per person were made throughout the evening. Guests have so far reported that they learned how to wrangle a rattlesnake, received multiple job offers, found studio space for their art, multiple organizations found new partners to work with, and so many new friendships were formed. Based on the outstanding success of the event, we are currently collaborating with new partners who have expressed interested in hosting their own Creative Mingle events in the near future, including the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.