It’s time again for the sixth annual AHA Festival of Progressive Arts! This year we are bringing three days of programming to Santa Fe, moving from the Solana Center to the Midtown District to the Santa Fe Railyard. If you’ve never been to AHA I highly suggest you take some time out next weekend and see the amazing things these artist are doing. You will NOT be bored. The AHH Festival of Progressive Arts is an inspiration for kids of all ages!
What is “progressive” art?
AHA believes that the arts should move people forward–as a community, as artists, and as the recipients of the experience of the work. When art and art forms get locked into boxes of commoditization and control, they can hold a community back. The progressive arts are about exploring ways to strategically remove the constraints that communities may inadvertently place upon the arts in order to create an inclusive space for exploration, allowing the arts to move everyone forward.
In an approach to honor this phenomenon, which is both local and global, the festival aims to create a platform for artists to experiment with showing and performing work free from the requirements that are often laid out by traditional art markets, performance venues, and gallery environments. At AHA, artists are not responsible for paying for booth space, drumming up their own audience, or generating revenue. We do not select artists based on their accomplishments–in many cases, we aim to showcase the work of people who do not self-identify as artists at all. Rather, we invite multidisciplinary forms of expression that embody interactivity, cross-pollination, social impact and community connection above the cost-benefit analysis that so often drives the creation of opportunities in the arts.
What does AHA mean?
AHA stands for the After Hours Alliance, which is the coalition of music and nightlife promoters that launched the festival in 2011. In choosing the name “AHA” Festival, we intended to also evoke the exclamation “aha!” that one makes in a moment of creative understanding.
We believe that Santa Fe is currently in the process of regenerating itself and its identity as an arts center. There has historically been an imbalance of support and infrastructure in the arts economy that favors marketable, salable forms of art over performance-based, DIY, and community-based art. The AHA Festival of Progressive Arts aims to create possibilities for this reinvented arts identity and economy, as do our the other projects we’ve undertaken over the years: co-producing The Business of Music Summit in 2014 with New Mexico Lawyers for The Arts; lobbying for the creation of theNighttime Economy Task Force at the city and for common-sense liquor license reform at the state level; the creation of the At 7000 Music Video series, with local filmmakers; and collaborating on artist outreach for the Arts & Creativity Center, an affordable-housing and shared-resources development project led by Creative Santa Fe.
Here is a tentative line up of the 6th Annual AHA Festival of Progressive Arts:
Friday, September 16: doors at 8:30, show 9-11pm
XIXA at the Solana Center (915 West Alameda). We’ll have New Mexico Hard Cider serving drinks, food for sale from The Betterday Coffee Shop &Thieves & Gypsys will open at 9pm. Tickets are limited so get yours now!
$10 presale, $12 at the door. Buy here –>
Saturday, September 17: 4-10pm * Suggested Donation
THE ART OF THE MACHINE at the old Club Alegria (2797 Agua Fria). The amazing and mystical Wheel of Fortune – Tarot Project will be there alongside other super cool creations. There will be alcohol for 21+, food trucks and big fun for the whole family. ahafestival.com/
Sunday, September 18: 1-8pm FREE *or you may purchase a voluntary ticket to support the cause and get rad free stuff!
PROGRESSIVE ARTS FAIR in the Railyard Plaza. 25+ art booths, two stages of music, pop-up performances, small business and artisan vendors, food trucks, beer and coffee and as always, some surprises.ahafestival.com/
** Schedule of performances for Sunday TBA shortly.
Look for our event program around town beginning September 1 – We can’t wait to celebrate our SIXTH anniversary with you!