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Santa Fe’s young artists may not be the most vis­i­ble de­mo­graphic in a town that of­ten seems to cater to the over-fifty crowd. But there is a plethora of ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams at area schools and arts venues that are de­signed to in­spire and pro­mote the younger gen­er­a­tion’s artis­tic pur­suits. Also, the city’s rep­u­ta­tion for not be­ing youth-friendly ap­pears to be chang­ing. Art col­lab­o­ra­tives are pop­ping up all over town, and some, like Strangers Col­lec­tive, are specif­i­cally geared to­ward the young. Meow Wolf’s Art Com­plex, slated to open in March, has nu­mer­ous ini­tia­tives in the works, as well as new fa­cil­i­ties for arts ed­u­ca­tion. SITE Santa Fe is com­mit­ted to pro­mot­ing new tal­ent in its SITE Scholar and Young Cu­ra­tors pro­grams, while ex­pan­sion plans for SITE and the New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art call for even more on-site fa­cil­i­ties for work­shops and class­rooms. Schools in­clud­ing NDI New Mex­ico and New Mex­ico School for the Arts keep churn­ing out wave af­ter wave of dancers, artists, ac­tors, and mu­si­cians. Gal­leries such as Red Dot on Canyon Road are fo­cus­ing on the tal­ent com­ing out of Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Col­lege and the In­sti­tute of Amer­i­can In­dian Arts. Those look­ing for a ca­reer in the arts need go no far­ther than Santa Fe to com­plete their ed­u­ca­tion and, should they choose to re­main in town, to pursue their pas­sions. Pasatiempo spoke with a num­ber of tal­ented young cre­atives — from teenagers to young adults, from high school stu­dents to col­lege grad­u­ates — about their cre­ative prac­tices and their goals for the fu­ture. Th­ese are the in­her­i­tors of Santa Fe’s artis­tic legacy. Like their par­ents and men­tors be­fore them, they’re not only tak­ing ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able to them — in some cases, they are lead­ing the way.

Artist Ter­ran Kipp Last Gun; pho­tos Ja­son Or­daz

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