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The Santa Fe Teen Arts Center, Warehouse 21 (W21) is Santa Fe’s nationally acclaimed center for youth entertainment, entrepreneurialism and artistic production for individuals under the age of 21. Since 1997, our unique and cutting edge programs have served over 25,000 teenagers and young adults from all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.
W21 has occupied a 3,500 sq. ft city owned facility on Railyard property for the past twelve years. The facility consists of a seventy-five seat performance/workshop space, a recording studio, a darkroom, a silkscreen studio and four offices suited for youth training in administration, publishing, promotion, artistic production and media technology. Our 20,000 square foot fenced parking lot is utilized for events such as car shows, movie nights, festivals, animal adoption days and MANY collaborative events.
At W21, young artists from Santa Fe have experiences that make a difference. Their creative voices and artistic talent encourages awareness on youth expression and their perceptions of art and culture to both young and old viewers and audiences. W21’s programs for young people are founded upon six principals:
1. They learn by doing
2. They manage, curate, produce, teach, design and administer programs
3. They realize they are accountable for their own artistic experiences, and thus, their practices lead to their own success
4. They have access to community service and employment opportunities
5. They are supported by creative adults and educators in the arts
6. They have a place to go where artistic expression is appreciated
Supporting today’s youth
Warehouse 21 has been a successful center for youth due to the innovative activities that meet the specific needs of today’s youth. A venue that is safe and creative is ideal for emerging artists as well as for curious adolescent audiences who seek experiences from their peers. Its atmosphere gives a sense of belonging for Santa Fe’s youth and it gives them a place to go – a place where they know that their individuality is respected.
Last year, W21 presented many special events and open studio opportunities year-round. A total of 2,700 teens and young adults under 21 were involved, an indication of our popularity during after school hours and weekends. A diverse mix of creative individuals embraced each others talents in one setting – an approach that breaks cultural barriers often found in school and in our community.