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Education Showcase

February 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us as we showcase young dancers and musicians from several of Santa Fe’s youth arts organizations, including the Santa Fe Youth Symphony, the Nacha Mendez Music Scholarship, Moving Arts Española, and the New Mexico School for the Arts.

Hosted by New Mexico School for the Arts and organized by NMSA and the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association, this free performance will offer something for the whole family, highlighting the important work that each of these organizations does to engage the community!

Healthy snacks for this event provided by Santa Fe Natural Grocers.

Education and Community Engagement

We believe the arts are essential. They teach students valuable lessons, like: practice makes perfect, small differences can have large effects, collaboration leads to creativity. The arts create multiple pathways to problem solving, and they teach that all problems have more than one solution.

Research shown the benefits of arts education on performance and culture—especially student motivation, attitudes, and attendance. Numerous reports discuss the ways that increased access and involvement in arts education encourage students to stay in school, excel in school, succeed in life, and do well later in life at work.

And yet, despite the impressive benefits of arts access and education, not all people have access to these quality experiences. 

Performing arts organizations across New Mexico (many of which are participating in Art + Sol) work every day to enrich the lives of our residents. Many companies offer free tickets for students or free family performances. Others offer 1:1 mentorship free of charge. Across Santa Fe, one can always find free, quality arts programming intended to engage community members. 

Each of us has more work to do. The Art + Sol Festival is committed to advancing the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access for all Santa Feans. We will work to expand access for Festival offerings. We invite all community members to participate in the Festival and let us know how we can do better.

The City of Santa Fe Arts & Culture Department said it best: 

“Culture embodies the shared complex and diverse heritage of a community, including its tangible and intangible virtues…It is the quiet and restless imagination that becomes an expression, from which emanates writing, song, performance, painting, sculpture, cuisine, dance, design, and story. When recognized, coalesced, and leveraged, culture is transformative. It ignites creativity, consciousness, and capacity.”

Moving Arts Española

Moving Arts Española (MAE) provides high quality, affordable performing and visual arts education and free nutritional and academic support for children and youth ages 3-18.  

Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association

Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association’s Mission is to inspire and engage the youth of Northern New Mexico’s multicultural communities through excellent music education, the guidance of music professionals, and performance opportunities from small ensemble to full orchestra in Jazz, Mariachi and Orchestra.

Nacha Mendez Music Scholarship for New Mexican Girls of Color

Music is a powerful catalyst for personal growth. While it is an essential part of life for everyone, I believe music is particularly potent for young women and girls of color. Nacha’s mission is to encourage and promote the art of instrumental and vocal performance in girls, ages 8-15, in the state of New Mexico.

New Mexico School for the Arts

New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA), based in Santa Fe, is the only four-year, statewide, public high school serving artist-scholars across New Mexico with a rigorous, award-winning pre-professional arts and academics program.


February 18
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


New Mexico School for the Arts
500 Montezuma Ave
Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
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Art + Sol Festival
New Mexico School for the Arts
Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association