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Chumash dance dress, 2017. Collaboration between Leah Mata Fragua and Cara Romero. Photo courtesy of the artists.
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Conversations with Native American Artist Leah Mata Fragua

Participate in a members-only conversation with Chumash artist Leah Mata Fragua May 26, when she’ll discuss her art’s role in raising climate change awareness.
Book Cover, Life Beside Itself. Courtesy of the publisher.
IMAGINING CARE IN THE CANADIAN ARTIC

LIFE BESIDE ITSELF

2020 J. I. Staley Prize awarded to work exploring life, death, and care among Inuit communities.
Patty Crown Inspecting Cylinder Jar
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Stay connected with SAR as we explore new ways to share inspiring content that deepens our understanding of humankind during this time of physical separation.
Bioinsecurity and Vulnerability
SHARING IMPORTANT RESOURCES
BIO INSECURITY AND VULNERABILITY
2014 SAR Press Advanced Seminar publication shares examples of how communities have reframed everyday life in the face of ongoing uncertainties.
Pueblo of Acoma participants in a 2019 Collection Review with IARC staff
LEADING TRENDS IN THE MUSEUM FIELD
GUIDELINES FOR COLLABORATION
Explore the practical guides developed to support successful collaborations between Indigenous communities, museums, and collecting institutions.
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In response to the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak, SAR has postponed, canceled, or shifted to online access for all in-person public events until further notice. We will be offering remote engagement opportunities for some programs in order to continue our commitment to providing engaging and thought-provoking perspectives from leading scholars and artists. For details on all upcoming public programs, please visit our calendar. »

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Our Work

We support leading-edge research and study in anthropology and related disciplines in order to foster a better understanding of humankind and the critical problems we face.


Our Collection

We steward one of the most important collections of Southwest Native American art and guide museums around the world on best practices in collaborating with source communities.


Our Community

We offer symposia, salons, classes and field trips that give you a unique opportunity to meet and learn from our scholars and artists. Find out how you can get involved with our diverse, dynamic community.

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SAR Fellows Pivot from Couture to Face Masks

SAR Fellows Pivot from Couture to Face Masks

Face masks are now required in many public spaces around the country. “These are things we never thought would become a fashion necessity,” says Dorothy Grant (Haida), one of two recent SAR fellows who are uniquely positioned to help fulfill our new need for face coverings.

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From SAR Press: Elites

From SAR Press: Elites

Almost every week brings an announcement related to the growth of open access in scholarly publishing: new studies, partnerships, and innovations. Over the past six months or so, I have begun my own experiment with open access at SAR Press and chosen one of our classic Advanced Seminar volumes to make openly available on the website: Elites, edited by George Marcus and published in 1983.

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New Mexico in a Time of Influenza

New Mexico in a Time of Influenza

SAR Scholar-In-Residence, Nancy Owen Lewis, author of Chasing the Cure in New Mexico: Tuberculosis and the Quest for Health, shares a guest post exploring the impact of the 1918 flu in New Mexico and lessons to be learned within the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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Upcoming Events


SAR Impacts: Member Conversation with Artist Leah Mata Fragua, "The Effects of Climate Change and Place-Based Arts" @ Hosted online
2:00 pm
A CONVERSATION WITH ARTIST LEAH MATA FRAGUA “The Effects of Climate Change and Place-Based Arts” Tuesday, May 26, 2:00 – 3:00pm MDT // Hosted Online Register here.  Leah Mata Fragua. Photo by Garret P. Vreeland.[...]
POSTPONED to 2021 - Creative Thought Forum Annual President's Lecture: Why Things Are The Way They Are with Robert Krulwich @ The Lensic Performing Arts Center | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
6:30 pm
This event has been postponed until May 2021. Co-host of Radiolab, Robert Krulwich is one of the most original and widely listened to broadcasters in the world. His series, Radiolab, explores “big ideas” and the[...]
President's Circle Virtual Happy Hour with Tom Dalton Dillehay: Five Decades of Research on Latin American Prehistory and Indigenous Cultures @ Hosted online | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
5:00 pm
President’s Circle Virtual Happy Hour Five Decades of Research on Latin American Prehistory and Indigenous Cultures: A Conversation with Tom Dalton Dillehay SAR Senior Scholar Tom Dillehay, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology & Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt[...]
Jun 4 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
POSTPONED: Field Trip: History and Archaeology of Picuris Pueblo @ Depart from SAR | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
8:30 am
POSTPONED: History and Archaeology of Picuris Pueblo Picuris Pueblo. Courtesy of SAR. DATE POSTPONED Cost per person: $225 (Includes a $25 non-refundable tax-deductible donation to SAR) Field trip limited to 20 participants. Picuris Pueblo is one[...]
5:00 pm
POSTPONED Cocktails and Conversations: Honoring Three Years of the Creative Thought Forum at SAR A Virtual Live and Silent Auction Event Date: POSTPONED, TBA Location: Online Admission: Ticketing pending. Please stay tuned for a virtual[...]
Jul 18 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Beyond Borders: MacArthur Fellows in Conversation @ SITE Santa Fe | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
3:00 pm
Beginning in the spring of 2020, the School of Advanced Research (SAR), in collaboration SITE Santa Fe and Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe (CCA), presents Beyond Borders, a series of installations and events starting[...]
Jul 21 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
COLLECTIONS OF DISTINCTION at the home of Janis Lyon, in memory of Dennis Lyon @ at the home of Janis Lyon
5:30 pm
COLLECTIONS OF DISTINCTION Image above: Painting by Fritz Scholder, courtesy of Janis Lyon. at the home of Janis Lyon, in memory of Dennis Lyon Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 5:30-7:30PM Admission: $75 per person, includes drinks and[...]
Beyond Borders Symposium @ School for Advanced Research
Aug 21 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Beyond Borders Symposium @ School for Advanced Research | Santa Fe | New Mexico | United States
10:00 am
Beginning in the summer of 2020, the School of Advanced Research (SAR), in collaboration SITE Santa Fe and Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe (CCA), presents Beyond Borders, a series of installations and events starting[...]

Host your next event on the beautiful SAR campus!

The SAR campus is located on 15 acres in a residential neighborhood of Santa Fe. The historic 1920s adobe buildings, designed by William Penhallow Henderson (1877-1943), are surrounded by mature trees, terraced gardens, and gravel walkways. Different venues of varying capacity are available. Selections include the historic Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, the Boardroom Patio, the Reception Center Meeting Room, the Douglas Schwartz Seminar House Dining Room, Living Room, and Patio. Download flyer here

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