Art and culture are so intrinsic to Santa Fe that it was the first American city named to the UNESCO Creative Cities Global Network.
It is estimated that one out of every six residents earns a living in art or a related industry.
With more than 250 galleries, art is more than a business here—it is a way of life.
Creating art is a proud tradition. Native Americans decorated even everyday objects.
Spanish colonists produced religious art, furniture, and weavings.
An international mix of artists came to the city around the turn of the 20th century to paint the landscape and the region’s people.
Traditional arts remain strong, but today Santa Fe is a thriving international
center for contemporary art. In addition to the areas already well-known for their concentration
of galleries, downtown and Canyon Road, a new energy is emerging as the historic Railroad evolves into
a hub for galleries, museums, and entertainment.
One of Santa Fe’s great pleasures is strolling historic streets and looking at art. Going to openings of new shows at
galleries is a livery experience.
Openings usually take place on warm-weather Friday evenings.
Many galleries also plan special shows around Santa Fe’s premier art events- Indian market,
Spanish Market, the International Folk Art Market, and Site Santa Fe’s biennial.
One of Santa Fe’s great pleasures is strolling historic streets and looking at art.