The first ARTfeast in 1998 included a handful of Santa Fe galleries that asked for donations during their Friday evening openings. Today, ARTfeast has grown to a weekend of artful events combined with sensational savories and drink, the proceeds from which benefit art programs for Santa Fe’s youth.

Who is ARTsmart?

ARTsmart was founded in 1993 to address the lack of funding for art programs and supplies in Santa Fe public schools. In a city built on and sustained by the arts, ARTsmart is committed to funding the creative thinkers of tomorrow.

How does ARTsmart raise money?

Every year ARTsmart organizes ARTfeast as its major fundraiser, along with a fall Golf Tournament. Contributions are made through ticket sales, event and program underwriters, donors, and the volunteerism of hundreds of businesses and educators.  Additional funding is provided through grants and major donors.

Where does the money go?

Through 2012, ARTsmart will have distributed over $1,000,000 to ARTsmart projects, public school programs, art related organizations and endowment funds.

In 2012, $151,697 will be distributed as follows:

  • $21,942 to the Santa Fe Public School Art Department for elementary and middle school art supplies and resources for students.
  • $38,250 to a Visiting Artist Program for Santa Fe Public Schools, both elementary and middle, administered by ARTsmart.
  • $40,000 to ARTsmart’s two endowments: $30,000 to the ARTsmart General Fund and the $10,000 to the ARTsmart Scholarship Fund at the Santa Fe Community Foundation.
  • $14,500 to ARTsmart art projects:  K-12 special projects with Santa Fe Public Schools including a plate project, metal sculptures, glass project, photography project and an honorary artist project.  Also, projects with New Mexico School for the Arts.
  • $10,000 for art programs in collaboration with Fine Art for Children and Teens, including a high school portfolio preparation program.
  • $10,300 to the ARTsmart Scholarship, Awards of $5,000 and $1,500 distributed to two high school seniors pursuing art in higher education and $1,500 each to the previous scholarship recipients.  Also two “books and supplies” awards of $500 and $300 awarded to high school seniors pursuing art.
  • $16,705 returned to the high school students  and schools with whom we share the proceeds from the 2012 auction sales of their art work.