The Mission of the Center for Contemporary Arts is to create, maintain and promote a vibrant regional gathering place for the exploration and presentation of diverse and challenging contemporary art forms and ideas through our interdisciplinary programs: film, digital media, visual arts, performance and educational outreach.
Diverse, imaginative programming attracts a diverse, imaginative audience. CCA’s primary goal is to encourage creative, innovative activity as it emerges. CCA has become a familiar and inviting environment for the public to contact innovative new work. It is unique in its commitment to new, experimental work and the artists who make it. Audiences understand and support this distinction. This encourages artist-audience interaction and seeks to broaden understanding and awareness of the work presented. The many artists who perform, exhibit, and screen in this intimate setting early in their careers are nurtured to go on to appear in prestigious, international venues. As the region’s only nonprofit arts organization dedicated to presenting multidisciplinary emergent and local contemporary art and arts education, more than 50,000 visitors annually experience CCA’s programs: Cinema (35,000); Visual Arts exhibits (12,000); Performing Arts exhibits (1,500); Arts education and community based events (900); and Digital Media Arts (600).
CCA’s programs and services reflect the needs and interest of our communities and actively seek minorities and special constituencies as part of its programming policy. CCA is committed to supporting work, and the development of work, by emerging and mid-career artists. CCA has partnered with 34 human and social service agencies, Title 1 schools, Navajo Nation, and the education departments of the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos. CCA encourages imaginative new endeavors by acting as a site for exchange within the community and by acting as a platform for cultural dialog. On-going campus-wide thematic curation explores a variety of topics such as sustainability, social justice, indigenous issues, and arts and science collaborations. Venues that support this programming include: (1) Cinematheque: Native Cinema Showcase – films by Native Americans and indigenous cultures throughout the world; African Effect Film Festival – examines the contributions of African filmmaking on African-American diaspora; (2) Muñoz Waxman Gallery – emergent and mid-career artists explorations (3) spector ripps project space – developed in 2007 for emerging local artists; (4) Moving Image Lab - digital art and sound, video and performance. (5) Digital and Mobile Lab – on-site educational outreach to outer regions of state; tutorials and digital media classes in lab at CCA.
Centrally located in Santa Fe, CCA’s campus is a valuable artists’ resource center that assists with on-site artist's residencies, production services, education and information programs, and the presentation and exhibition of multi-disciplinary work. By investing $1.5 million of private funding in the renovation of our 6,000 sq.ft. Muñoz Waxman gallery, CCA has been able to provide a major exhibition venue for visual, digital, and performing artists. Built in 1938, the Muñoz Waxman gallery restoration has enhanced the historical integrity of the building's architectural qualities, providing a dynamic to raise the profile of curators, exhibitors, performers, filmmakers, and designers through exposure of their work. By providing an environment that encourages a responsive public context for new work, CCA advances the community’s and the public’s participation in art, and brings together innovative practitioners from all parts of the region and country.