Our Mission

Warehouse 21 supports diverse, inclusive, positive and welcoming community for young people by encouraging art, public service, mentoring, and meaningful exchange that challenges, empowers, and grows artistic and economic development.  

WE DELIVER THIS MISSION THROUGH:

  1. Visible high quality onsite programming (see programs under development)

  2. Outreach programming to local schools and community centers

  3. Partnerships with future employers, including a certificate program in conjunction with SFCC

  4. Mentorships with working professionals in the arts, music and digital design

Goals and Objectives

  • Deliver excellent, engaging and challenging arts certificate-based programming onsite to 800 youth annually

  • Engage the broader public in youth-focused arts through exhibitions, music, dance, poetry and theatrical, performances, and town hall style community dialogues

  • Partner with schools and businesses to create pathways to creative success for local youth

 
 
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A place for youth…

"Today youth face enormous challenges and W21 will be a learning lab to help support their art and action and help connect them with the people and pathways they need to build the community they can thrive in."

— Naomi Swinton, Board Member

 

History

W21 was founded in 1996 to carry on the legacy of the former Center For Contemporary Arts Teen Project. W21 has served thousands of teens since its founding and thrived for more than two decades, providing essential youth arts programming, performance space, and many partnership opportunities. The Board reconstituted itself this August and has been attending to organizational and facility maintenance needs to reclaim the strong history and community value of W21 programs. The need for W21 is greater than ever, given the status of youth, the opportunities presented by creative innovation, and the struggles of schools and low-income families in Santa Fe. Approximately 16,000 youth ages 10 - 19 live in Santa Fe County; almost 22% live in poverty and some 30% of local youth do not graduate from high school. While W21 primarily aims to serve youth enrolled in school, we also are in the process of assessing needs and opportunities to serve youth who are not in school, and also to provide specific programs for homeless youth. It is vital to provide safe, supportive evening and nighttime activities for a range of youth at W21 in order to provide healthy alternatives and positive community events.

Major achievements

In addition as functioning as a central youth community center , maker-space, concert, theatrical and performance space for two decades, W21 consistently won a variety of awards:

- 2017

W21- #1 BEST Youth Recording Program & #2 BEST Youth Program (SFR)

- 2016

W21- #1 BEST Youth Program & #1 BEST Youth Recording Studio (SFR)

- 2015

W21- #1 BEST Youth Program & #2 BEST Recording Studio (SFR)

- 2014

W21- #1 BEST Youth Program via the Santa Fe Reporter Awards (SFR)

- 2013

W21- #2 BEST Youth Program via the Santa Fe Reporter Awards (SFR)

- 2012

W21- Best Hang Out place for youth/SF Pride/Human Rights Alliance

- 2011

W21- Recognized for innovative facility design AIA Award

- 2011

W21- #2 BEST Youth Program via the Santa Fe Reporter Awards (SFR)

- 2010

W21- #2 BEST non-profit, #1 Best Local CD (Heart of SF) and #1 Best Program for youth SFR

- 2010

W21- Heritage Preservation Award being a planner on the Railyard

- 2009

W21- #1 BEST non-profit and #1 Best Place for Kids via the BEST of Santa Fe Reporter Awards

- 2008

W21- #2 BEST non-profit, 3rd BEST non-bar music venue & 3rd BEST Place for kids SFR

- 2007

W21- #1 BEST non-profit, 3rd BEST non-bar music venue & 3rd BEST Place for kids SFR

- 2006

W21- #2 BEST non-profit and 3rd BEST non-bar music venue via the BEST of SFR

- 2000 / 2001

W21 recognized as one of fifty top programs in the country by the NEA and the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, chaired by Hillary Clinton

- 1999

W21 recognized as one of fifty top programs in the country by the NEA and the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, chaired by Hillary Clinton

- 1999

W21 Pinon Award in the Arts by the SF Community Foundation

- 1998

W21 noted as one of ten best youth culture programs New Mexican PasaTiempo entertainment and culture newspaper in “Keeping Punk bands alive”

- 1998

W21 recognized as one of fifty top programs in the country by the NEA and the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, chaired by Hillary Clinton

- 1997

W21 Voted as the #2 organization (85.1% of community votes) to remain as an existing tenant on the Railyard Property according to the preferred land uses during the Design Days

- 1997

W21 spins off from CCA Teen Project and becomes its own non-profit organization

- 1996

CCA Teen Project recognized as one of ten top programs in the country, the Coming up Taller Awards by the NEA and the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities

- 1996

Theater of Urgency!! CCA in house theater program was selected as one of ten best original theater shows by the Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper