Mission

Our mission is to revitalize Santa Fe’s creative economy by partnering with property owners to transform unused real estate into spaces for artists to create, present, and connect. 

 
 

Why Santa Fe?

We see the lack of affordable spaces in Santa Fe as the biggest threat to sustaining a diverse cultural environment. We believe that affordable studio space and equitable access to exhibition opportunities are critical to the health and diversity of Santa Fe’s creative culture.

Vital Spaces is a city vitality organization as much as it is an arts organization. The arts is Santa Fe’s second largest industry. We believe that a successful and relevant arts community that exists outside of commercial gallery walls is essential to the long term vibrancy of the city of Santa Fe.

Our impact is multidimensional: when we give artists space, we breathe life into our communities with innovative artistic programming that inspires Santa Feans of all ages and backgrounds; we bring economic vitality to those communities; we raise Santa Fe’s profile on the national art stage.

Santa Fe’s artistic history is rich and deep. It is also threatened by rising property costs and other socio economic factors that might suppress artistic growth by limiting access to resources and opportunities. We want to address that threat by providing affordable spaces to artists.

 
 

IN SERVICE OF THE ARTS

We support underrepresented and non-commercial artists by offering both short-term, rent-free or low-rent spaces, and long-term support through education, community building, and collaborative initiatives and events.

What do we mean by “underrepresented artists and non-commercial artists”? We wish to support artists of all ages, racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, orientations, socio-economic status, and geography. As much as we want to promote diverse individuals, we also want to support diverse artistic expression including but not limited to performance, installation, mixed media, intervention art, literary arts, theater, and music.

By providing affordable space, we also want to provide a venue for diverse artistic voices from diverse artistic communities to come together in community and collaboration. We want to engage students, youth and emerging artists in Santa Fe through discussions, workshops, performance and interactive art projects.

Our vision is a city in which people of all ages, backgrounds, orientations, economic status, and artistic disciplines have access to space for creating and showing their work. We operate on the principals of inclusion, equity, openness, and community engagement.

 
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