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:
Visible high quality onsite programming (see programs under development)
Outreach programming to local schools and community centers
Partnerships with future employers, including a certificate program in conjunction with SFCC
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
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
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.
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: