Disruptive Futures Dialogue Series

Leveraging the arts and collaboration to create positive disruption.

2018 - Ongoing

Creative Santa Fe’s Disruptive Futures Dialogues series generates visionary new approaches to drive positive change. What differentiates the Disruptive Futures Dialogues is our dedication to partnerships, community-wide inclusion, and leveraging the arts as a platform to reframe issues in bold new ways to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing our city, our country, and our world.

The arts broaden citizens’ voices, offering a welcoming entry point to those who have not felt power in the civic realm before. They prompt deeper exploration and shift sometimes contentious public debate to a more open and receptive space for listening, expressing, and truly hearing alternative views.
– Robert Lynch, President and CEO, Americans for the Arts


2020 Disruptive Futures Dialogues:

The Future of Art 
This program will continue building on a March 2019 public event that engaged attendees in meaningful dialogue, problem solving, and civic action toward envisioning a vibrant arts future in Santa Fe. The 2020 programs will engage networking opportunities, printed booklets, public art, and inspiring speakers through a series of physical ad virtual programs.

Pivot to Virtual 
For the past 15 years, Creative Santa Fe has been dedicated to bringing people together through collaboration and the power of the arts to innovatively problem solve critical issues facing our community. In this strange new time of social distancing we recognize that our communities — now more than ever — need connection, inspiration and economic support. To that end, we have reworked all of our 2020 programming to create initiatives that connect our community, bring much needed joy and inspiration to our lives, and raise critical funds to aid and support those in need. We see a tremendous opportunity to envision a new world on the other side of this crisis.

2019 Disruptive Futures Dialogues: 

The Future of Art – March 13+ 14, 2019
Creative Santa Fe presented The Future of Art: A Disruptive Futures Dialogue on March 13 and 14th, 2019 at Vital Spaces. This event engaged the community and local art institutions in conversation about the opportunities and challenges we face as we look into the future of the arts in Santa Fe. This event consisted of highly participatory small group discussions in addition to activities that engaged attendees in problem solving and civic action.
The resulting program report included feedback and data that inspired the successful program Creative Mingle: An Arts Networking Event in collaboration with the Santa Fe Opera on July 16th, and in collaboration with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum on December 10th. This program also resulted in the program Art + Experience: An Interactive Potluck Dinner, designed in collaboration with the Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts on June 20th and 25th.

Cli-Fi: Altered Futures Through Film and Literature – May 22, 2019
Creative Santa Fe organized a roundtable in collaboration with the Coalition of Sustainable Communities NM, which included representatives from twenty two national and local organizations and universities to explore the best paths forward for implementing sustainable technologies in our community. The public program took place on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 from 5:30 – 8:00 PM at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center. This multifaceted evening included short films, readings by local authors, and opportunities to engage in learning about and taking action on sustainability issues led by four incredible local partners working in sustainability and climate science.

Housing the Future 2.0 – September 10, 2019
This program addressed Santa Fe’s housing needs by leveraging the art of storytelling and by highlighting real-time innovative solutions to address, and begin to solve, Santa Fe’s affordable housing crisis. This event consisted of four inspiring chapters. – Former SFAI Story Maps resident artists Mya Green and Yvette Serrano released limited edition affordable housing zines to attendees. Three local artists performed their responses to select housing stories to illustrate the realities of the Santa Fe housing crisis through theatre, poetry, and music. Multiple local and national affordable housing organizations presented their innovative and effective approaches to design, material, and community engagement to create positive and impactful change. Finally, action meetings were led by experts in the field to explore housing topics in detail. This dialogue is a continuation of Creative Santa Fe’s 2018 Housing the Future event and is in conjunction with the Siler Yard Arts + Creativity Center affordable housing project.

2018 Disruptive Futures Dialogues:

Housing the Future
‘Housing the Future’ provided a platform to examine Santa Fe’s housing crisis and to reimagine what is possible-and necessary-for the sustainability of our city through the lens of science-fiction.

Nuclear Weapons in New Mexico
The sold out event at the Lensic Theater explored the power of opera, song, dance, and poetry to address, and personalize, one of the most intractable issues of our time.

Under-Told Stories Project
Drawing on his extensive global reporting, Fred De Sam Lazaro discussed the power of narrative to shape the success of social enterprises — locally and globally.

Native Arts and Policy: Resilience and Rights
This dialogue highlighted the critical role that artists and cultural institutions play in implementing international human rights standards into U.S. law and policy.

The Rebirth of Local News
This dialogue explored issues of truth, trust, integrity and ethics in the news; and how local journalists can leverage the arts and engage broader audiences to build trust and effect positive change in their communities. 

Creative Santa Fe uses a combination of crowd-sourcing, community discussions, and research to find the most important topics and innovative partners for our Disruptive Futures Dialogues. If you have a great idea or contact to contribute, we would love to hear from you!

(Please provide us with a clear topic, how addressing this topic would help Santa Fe, and any organizations or community leaders you know that are doing work in this topic area.)