Disruptive Futures Dialogue Series

Leveraging the arts and collaboration to create positive disruption.

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



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 from 6:00-8:00 PM. This event engaged over 200 people from 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. Vital Spaces hosted the event at their first temporary location at 220 Otero Street in downtown Santa Fe. This event consisted of highly participatory small group discussions led by trained facilitators, in addition to activities that engaged attendees in meaningful dialogue, problem solving, and civic action toward envisioning a vibrant arts future in Santa Fe.

Cli-Fi: Altered Futures Through Film and Literature

What if we could peer into the future of our landscape in New Mexico? What would we see, and how would that affect the actions we take today? This Disruptive Futures Dialogue will explore how our local resources, when combined with the arts, can address the effects of climate change and create a pathway for sustainability for years to come.

Housing the Future 2.0

Santa Fe is currently at a 99% rental capacity and lack of affordable housing is one of the most significant obstacles for current residents and economic growth. The city urgently needs as may as 5,000 new rental units and currently builds between 65-100 units per year. We clearly need creative new approaches to tackle this seemingly intractable challenge. How can art help us to imagine solutions for the future of affordable housing? This event will highlight new, creative approaches to affordable housing innovation and design emerging in our city and state in the face of this crisis. Housing the Future 2.0 is a continuation of Creative Santa Fe’s 2018 Housing the Future Disruptive Futures Dialogue and is in conjunction with the Siler Yard Arts + Creativity Center affordable housing project.

Arts + Juvenile Justice

This dialogue will explore how arts programming can build resiliency and wellness among the youth population, reduce recidivism, and transform the juvenile justice system in Santa Fe and New Mexico. This dialogue will be built in collaboration with the Arts Network for Youth & Justice and the Keshet Center for the Arts.


Past 2018 Disruptive Futures Dialogues:

(Click the orange links for details on each event)

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. 

The Creative Voices Roundtables are ongoing conversations with diverse creative leaders to explore how we can embed the arts in each of our Disruptive Futures Dialogues. Through these creative discourses, we aim to include inspiring creative voices in addressing topics ranging from education, poverty, affordable housing, cybersecurity, the way we communicate, and more, in an effort to reimagine how we can develop solutions to these community issues.

January – Creative Voices Roundtable
July – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

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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!

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