student life

 

Student Life

NMSA Community

At NMSA, dancers, actors, musicians, writers and visual artists of all ages and walks of life—from students to staff—come together from every corner of the state to form the heart of this close-knit, collaborative and driven community.  

From your first day at NMSA, you’ll feel like you’re a part of something big. The energy that comes from being with such a talented group of people will fuel your drive and challenge you to do more—and go further—than you ever thought possible.

Your teachers will be the first people to cheer you on. The NMSA academic faculty understands the importance of finding a strong balance between your academics and your art and will encourage you to stretch yourself while providing support and guidance where you need it. The arts teachers will feed your natural interests while exposing you to new ideas and processes.

Your friends and peers will give you greater context for your work, along with honest critique and authentic encouragement that comes in a small group setting where it’s safe to experiment, fail and then try again (and again).  

This opportunity to grow is enhanced by Santa Fe’s extended arts community. From galleries, arts institutions and museums, the entire city is your classroom, where you can experience art in many forms, from renowned practitioners, who will share their vision and skill with you as you embark on journey that will change your life.

NMSA Community

At NMSA, dancers, actors, musicians, writers and visual artists of all ages and walks of life—from students to staff—come together from every corner of the state to form the heart of this close-knit, collaborative and driven community.  

From your first day at NMSA, you’ll feel like you’re a part of something big. The energy that comes from being with such a talented group of people will fuel your drive and challenge you to do more—and go further—than you ever thought possible.

Your teachers will be the first people to cheer you on. The NMSA academic faculty understands the importance of finding a strong balance between your academics and your art and will encourage you to stretch yourself while providing support and guidance where you need it. The arts teachers will feed your natural interests while exposing you to new ideas and processes.

Your friends and peers will give you greater context for your work, along with honest critique and authentic encouragement that comes in a small group setting where it’s safe to experiment, fail and then try again (and again).  

This opportunity to grow is enhanced by Santa Fe’s extended arts community. From galleries, arts institutions and museums, the entire city is your classroom, where you can experience art in many forms, from renowned practitioners, who will share their vision and skill with you as you embark on journey that will change your life.

School Partners

Collected Works

Collected Works

Collaborative Venue

Currents New Media Festival

Currents New Media Festival

Collaborator

Emerging Media Alliance

Emerging Media Alliance

Collaborator

form & concept gallery

form & concept gallery

Young Masters Performance Series

Institute of American Indian Arts

Institute of American Indian Arts

Dual-credit Curriculum

Meow Wolf

Meow Wolf

Visual Arts - Outreach

Performance Santa Fe

Performance Santa Fe

Performing Arts - Outreach

SITE Santa Fe

SITE Santa Fe

Collaborator

“NMSA has given me a place where I feel safe to be myself and to pursue my art wholeheartedly. It’s been like a second home for me the past 3 years.”

Terrence Matthews, Dance '18

“NMSA is a diverse community of creative and compassionate student artists. Being a part of this unique family empowers students to do what they love, strive for excellence, and engage deeply with the interplay between their own stories and those of the surrounding community.”

Lila Baca, Music '18

“I love the diversity of NMSA. It is hard to feel left out because there is just so much you can be a part of. NMSA also encourages success which is hard to find anywhere.”

Ahmad Ali, Music

Campus

Current Campus

New Mexico School for the Arts
275 East Alameda Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Current Campus

 
The current NMSA campus is located in the heart of downtown Santa Fe, at the corner of Alameda Street and Paseo de Peralta, in the historic St. Francis Cathedral School building, built in the 1930s by John Gaw Meem, who was known for the instrumental role he played in developing and popularizing the Pueblo Revival Style. Located just steps from famed Canyon Road, the campus is also within walking distance of countless museums, performing arts spaces and other cultural institutions, many of whom partner with NMSA to augment student education outside the classroom and enhance their artistic experience.
Campus

Current Campus

 
The current NMSA campus is located in the heart of downtown Santa Fe, at the corner of Alameda Street and Paseo de Peralta, in the historic St. Francis Cathedral School building, built in the 1930s by John Gaw Meem, who was known for the instrumental role he played in developing and popularizing the Pueblo Revival Style. Located just steps from famed Canyon Road, the campus is also within walking distance of countless museums, performing arts spaces and other cultural institutions, many of whom partner with NMSA to augment student education outside the classroom and enhance their artistic experience.

New Campus - Open in August '19!

 
While the current building has served NMSA well, the school has begun to outgrow the space, and is embarking on the development of a new campus, scheduled to open in the Fall of 2019 in Santa Fe’s vibrant Railyard District. The new campus will enable NMSA to increase its student body by almost 70%, serving more students statewide, and provide world-class education facilities, including rehearsal halls, studios, galleries, a media center, a state-of-the-art performing arts center and onsite dormitories. The new location will enable the school to become a regular part of the Railyard arts community, while maintaining easy access to downtown.
Residential Program

Dormitories - IHM Retreat Center

 
Students who live too far away from the school for a reasonable daily commute board in the NMSA dormitories Monday through Friday. Currently, about 20 students live in the dorms, which are located on the grounds of the beautiful Immaculate Heart of Mary Retreat Center, about a mile-and-a-half from the current school campus.

Transportation is provided daily from the dorms to the school, and students are supervised by a full-time, professional Adult Residential Assistant, who lives on-site. Click here for information about the Residential Program.

New Campus

New Mexico School for the Arts
500 Montezuma Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501

New Campus - Open in August '19!

 
While the current building has served NMSA well, the school has begun to outgrow the space, and is embarking on the development of a new campus, scheduled to open in the Fall of 2019 in Santa Fe’s vibrant Railyard District. The new campus will enable NMSA to increase its student body by almost 70%, serving more students statewide, and provide world-class education facilities, including rehearsal halls, studios, galleries, a media center, a state-of-the-art performing arts center and onsite dormitories. The new location will enable the school to become a regular part of the Railyard arts community, while maintaining easy access to downtown.
Residential Program

Dormitories

Immaculate Heart of Mary Retreat Center
50 Mt. Carmel Road
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Dormitories - IHM Retreat Center

 

Students who live too far away from the school for a reasonable daily commute board in the NMSA dormitories Monday through Friday. Currently, about 20 students live in the dorms, which are located on the grounds of the beautiful Immaculate Heart of Mary Retreat Center, about a mile-and-a-half from the current school campus.

Transportation is provided daily from the dorms to the school, and students are supervised by a full-time, professional Adult Residential Assistant, who lives on-site. Click here for information about the Residential Program.