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 vitalspace­, paseoproje­, and 516arts .org. —J.L.

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