Creative Santa Fe Announces First Initiative of Its Kind for City Different: Imagined Futures to Tackle Impact of Culture on Economic Development

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Creative Santa Fe, a nonprofit organization, has launched a new initiative called Imagined Futures. A series of workshops and events kicking off in May 2012 will culminate in an annual and international conference to be held in the City Different, tackling issues surrounding the importance of culture on economic growth in cities around the world. A series of workshops and events beginning in May 2012 will culminate in an annual international conference and festival taking place each fall in the City Different starting 2013.

Creative Santa Fe, Imagined Futures

Many cities, large and small, have recognized that their creative economies are an important part of economic development. As a hub for cultural activity, Santa Fe can be a world model in shaping its own future.
- Clark Hulse, Executive Director

Creative Santa Fe, a nonprofit organization in Santa Fe, New Mexico, announces the launch of its newest initiative, IF: Imagined Futures (IF), a series of events and workshops culminating in an international annual conference that will explore the important role of culture in city economies worldwide.

The initial IF events, beginning in May 2012, called The Santa Fe Series, will focus specifically on issues important to Santa Fe. Local, national and international experts will be invited to Santa Fe to discuss urban growth and development, focusing on how culture, creativity, and innovation can influence the way cities evolve.

The Imagined Futures conference, scheduled for fall of 2013, will be designed to attract national and international attendees interested in the topic of cultural influence on worldwide urban economies. A festival of cultural events coinciding with the conference will showcase the food, architecture, urban innovations, music, art, and other aspects that make Santa Fe and partner cities culturally stimulating destinations.

“Many cities, large and small, have recognized that their creative economies are an important part of economic development. As a hub for cultural activity, Santa Fe can be a world model in shaping its own future. We hope that the Imagined Futures initiative can contribute to that effort,” stated Creative Santa Fe’s Executive Director, Clark Hulse.

The Santa Fe Institute ( will be a key partner for IF. Recent research conducted by the institute points to the quick pace of world urbanization and the expected surge in creativity and innovation, a focus of IF’s conferences.

“The central aspect of IF is outreach, incorporating new, bold ideas from conversations that can be implemented in Santa Fe and other cities. We want to infuse a new energy of collaboration in our community such that we can serve as a model for a better quality of life across the board, socially, economically, artistically and beyond,” stated Bill Miller, Creative Santa Fe’s Board Chairman.

Specific dates, times, and titles for the Santa Fe Series will be announced soon.


About IF: Imagined Futures—Launched in 2012, Imagined Futures is an initiative of the nonprofit, Creative Santa Fe. Generating ideas about how culture can inform and enhance urban development, IF’s mission is to foster growth, providing cultural, social and economic benefits to Santa Fe and cities everywhere through thoughtful event programming and an annual international conference.


About Creative Santa Fe—Creative Santa Fe (CrSF) is an independent nonprofit dedicated to the growth and vitality of the region’s creative economy that works to promote the city’s unique position as an international leader in enhancing urban life through the arts, sciences and other cultural endeavors. It was founded in 2005, after an economic development plan commissioned by the City of Santa Fe from Angelou Economics recommended a strong strategic focus on Santa Fe’s “creative industries.” A follow-on study by the University of New Mexico’s Bureau of Business ad Economic Research confirmed the importance of these industries to Santa Fe’s economy—a $1.1 billion a year industry.

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