Santa Fe, the highest and oldest U.S. state capital, was recognized as one of the Top 10 High Altitude Cities in National Geographic’s recent issue, The World’s Best Cities. According to National Geographic, Santa Fe is a “famously artsy city [that] blends Spanish, Pueblo Indian, and modern American traditions.”
The Santa Fe Railyard Arts District was also recently ranked No. 6 in the “Best Art District” contest category for USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice rankings. The Railyard Arts District features many leading art galleries such as SITE Santa Fe, with which the SFUAD Art Department has worked on several collaborative projects—including the SITE Scholar Program.
Santa Fe’s profile is distinctive within the film industry as well. In MovieMaker magazine’s annual list of the Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker, released in 2015, Santa Fe was ranked No. 3 in the Top Five Towns category. In addition to the professional sound stages of Garson Studios at SFUAD (where A&E production “Longmire” will be filming its fourth season this spring), the city is also home to Santa Fe Studios. According to the magazine, Santa Fe is “romantic, beautiful, historic, and distinguished for being a multicultural arts hub in the New Mexican desert.” MovieMaker has also previously named the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival one of the 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee (2014), as well as one of the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World (2013).