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Win­dows on the Fu­ture is a new ini­tia­tive that will bring art to the com­mer­cial win­dows of Santa Fe, Taos, and Al­bu­querque. Start­ing Fri­day, May 1, artists are in­vited to ap­ply to cre­ate win­dow in­stal­la­tions for the project, which is a part­ner­ship be­tween Vi­tal Spaces, The Paseo Project, and 516 Arts. The ap­pli­ca­tion pe­riod ends May 10. Se­lected artists will each be granted $500, to be paid im­me­di­ately. As of press time, there are funds to pay 35 artists, and fundrais­ing is on­go­ing by all three or­ga­ni­za­tions. Much of the seed fund­ing came from the Fall­ing Col­ors Foun­da­tion.

“The idea is to get money out to artists now, and do the project when we can,” says Jonathan Boyd, founder and di­rec­tor of Vi­tal Spaces, a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that co­or­di­nates artist stu­dios and pop-up ex­hi­bi­tion space in un­der­uti­lized real es­tate. “We’re go­ing to bring vi­brancy to shut­tered store­fronts, even be­fore non-es­sen­tial busi­nesses re­open. We’re go­ing to bring back the en­ergy and joy that’s been miss­ing since the shut-down.”

The Paseo Project is a con­tem­po­rary arts or­ga­ni­za­tion that hosts the an­nual PASEO out­door art fes­ti­val in Taos. 516 Arts is a non-col­lect­ing con­tem­po­rary art mu­seum in Al­bu­querque. Along with Vi­tal Spaces, they will work with city gov­ern­ments and prop­erty own­ers to find va­cant and shut­tered store­fronts, as well as ac­tive busi­nesses that want to host the tem­po­rary in­stal­la­tions of Win­dows on the Fu­ture, which will be up for about a month.

J. Matt Thomas, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of The Paseo Project, says that with Taos busi­nesses and art gal­leries ex­pected to strug­gle through­out the sum­mer, the idea of bring­ing art to the win­dows of the his­toric art colony feels like an in­spi­ra­tional, hope­ful act. “Art can help get us through, help us keep mov­ing on.”

Ap­pli­cants need not be pro­fes­sional artists. Any­one with a cre­ative vi­sion is wel­come to ap­ply. Se­lected artists will be paired with cu­ra­tors or es­tab­lished artists who will pro­vide cre­ative feed­back and per­spec­tive.

Ap­pli­ca­tion de­tails for Win­dows on the Fu­ture are avail­able at vi­, paseo­pro­, and 516arts .org. —J.L.

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