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


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. 

2019 Topics in Development:

The Future of Art: February/March 2019
This dialogue will explore a profound global shift taking place in how audiences define and engage in arts and culture.  Based on the national 2017 La Placa Cohen Culture Track Report we know that audiences are seeking interactive, engaging, and “fun” experiences with a direct and meaningful impact on their daily lives.  Santa Fe is uniquely positioned at the dynamic — and often tense —  crossroads of long-standing tradition and those who are paving the way for this global re-definition of art and culture. This shift has significant cultural and economic ramifications for galleries, museums, non-profit organizations, arts patrons, and artists of all walks of life. What is the future of art — in our community and our world? 

Housing the Future, Pt. II: How can art help us to imagine solutions for the future of affordable housing? A continuation of the 2018 event in partnership with the Santa Fe Art Institute, New Mexico Interfaith Housing, the Santa Fe Community Foundation, and others.

Sustainable Technology: Investigating Santa Fe’s potential to harness all of it’s assets to imagine sustainable solutions for the future of New Mexico, in partnership with the Houston Advanced Research Center and Beth Beloff and Associates.

Disrupting the Cycle of Poverty: 
The struggle of so many hard working New Mexicans to escape the cycle of poverty has an enormous impact on our State in so many ways;  personal, social, economic, cultural.  Fundamentally, New Mexico cannot succeed and reach its great potential without disrupting the “strategies” in place that block prosperity for so many. This dialogue will explore how art and collaboration can open pathways for conversations and solutions to the issue of poverty in our community. 


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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