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#SFAi Truth & Reconciliation Residency 2018-2019 Applications Due Feb 15

Start off the new year with an incredible opportunity! Apply for our Truth & Reconciliation Residency to join a powerful cohort of creative individuals dedicated to social justice.

From September 2018 through August 2019, SFAI will bring together 70 artists, creative practitioners, content experts, and innovative thinkers from all over the world to explore how uncovering and acknowledging the truth can be used as a means of reconciliation. Our call for applications invites you to join us in investigating this important topic.

Applications are due on February 15, early applications are encouraged.
More information on this residency and the application portal are available here.

SFAI believes that the process of truth-seeking and reconciliation are deeply creative acts that can bring individuals, communities, and nations together and heal our divisions to build a better world. In the open call for applications for the Truth & Reconciliation Thematic Residency, we seek creative projects, conversations, and processes by which the investigation of truth and steps toward meaningful reconciliation can occur. We also seek to broaden the residency experience and increase collective knowledge by bringing together in community at SFAI artists from all disciplines alongside other innovators in disciplines such as architecture, planning, policy, education, science, health, law, and activism.


Through our Truth & Reconciliation Theme, we ask:

  • How can artistic expression help to counter the often dehumanizing effects of our intensifying societal polarization by confronting misleading or deceptive rhetoric with truthfulness and compassion?
  • How can a creative and humane investigation of truth among individuals, communities, and nations engender desire for healing, reconciliation, and new narratives respond to traumatic events and culturally sanctioned injustices?
  • How can art and community action bring into view a more comprehensive and critical understanding of truth amidst the proliferation of online, and often unchecked, communication platforms and algorithmic manipulation of information streams?

Now in it’s fifth year, SFAI’s international thematic residency program is a truly unique opportunity, and Truth & Reconciliation will be the second thematic year that we proudly offer this program free of charge to all awarded applicants.

To assist in this year’s selection process, we have assembled an incredible team of esteemed professionals in the arts, culture, history, radical pedagogy and creative activism. Learn more about them below.

Balitrónica Gómez
Core Troupe Member / Radical Pedagogue, La Pocha Nostra Living Art Laboratory

Cynthia E. Smith
Curator of Socially Responsible Design,
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum 

Ginger Dunnill
Founder & Producer, Broken Boxes Podcast, Artist, Independent Curator

Khristaan D. Villela, Ph.D.
Director, Museum of International Folk Art

Kymberly Pinder, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Fine Arts, University of New Mexico

Lara M. Evans, Ph.D.
Cherokee, Associate Academic Dean, Institute of American Indian Arts

Will Wilson
Diné, Photography Program Head, School of Arts, Design and Media Arts
Santa Fe Community College