Mission

Mission

Image detail of Migrants, journalists and U.S. activists run from teargas on Jan 1, 2019 from the project "Caravana Migrante" © Kitra Cahana, 2019 Editor's Choice Award Recipient

CENTER – it is a noun and a verb. It is an action and a destination.

Founded in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1994, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization CENTER supports socially and environmentally engaged lens-based projects through education, public platforms, funding, and partnerships.

Image-making holds a unique power to confront audiences with uncomfortable truths, advance cultural understandings, and promote social justice. Through our advancement of artists and their work, CENTER serves to deepen public understanding of lens-based media’s complex history and ongoing cultural significance. By establishing trans-disciplinary partnerships between artists and justice-driven communities, historians, cultural critics, students, and the art world, we honor our unique role in advancing projects that respect all people, open minds, and engage our shared humanity.

Characterized by a community of gifted and committed photographers, CENTER has proven for the last 28 years that it can help photographers and lens-based artists grow into their full potential. CENTER programs foster insights and actualizations that ripple and impact all involved by providing platforms where the creative impulse can be engaged and challenged.

ANNUAL PROGRAMS, AWARDS & GRANTS | include the Project Launch Grant, Project Development Grant, Me&Eve Grant, the three CENTER Awards: Personal, Social and Environmental, the Excellence in Multimedia Storytelling Award, Santa Fe Fellowship, Callanan Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Review Santa Fe Photo Symposium and Portfolio Reviews. Public exhibitions, educational presentations, and expositions of the work are held in conjunction with the awards, grants, and Review Santa Fe. CENTER awards, grants, Review Santa Fe, and all other programs are open for submission to international and national photographers and lens-based artists during our annual Calls for Entry.

LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT | We acknowledge that Santa Fe, New Mexico, is located in the ancestral and unceded traditional territories of the Tewa people, who continue to maintain connections to this land. Thousands of years ago, O’ghe P’oghe – the original Tewa name for Santa Fe, which means White Shell, Water Place – was a center place for Northern and Southern Tewa communities. We honor the Tewa people of the past, present, and future who inhabited, held sacred, and stewarded this land.

Join the CENTER Members Circle today to stay up to date on and receive discounts on our programs, annual Call for Entries, invitations to participate in exhibitions, and more.

View the 2021 and 2020 Annual Reports.

STRATEGIC AIMS

1. Produce high-quality Awards, Grants, programs, and exhibition opportunities
2. Increase connections through diverse audiences, members, and participants
3. Work in partnerships to better serve constituencies
4. Identify and implement CENTER’s models of best practice
5. Ensure the sustainability and longevity of the organization

SUPPORTERS

CENTER programs are generously supported by: The Gumbo Foundation, the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation, the City of Santa Fe Arts & Culture Department, New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the New Mexico Humanities Council, our special friends, donors, Members, Board of Directors, and staff who help us to fulfill our mission.

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