Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe’s unique southwestern culture is not limited to its art galleries. Close to where Georgia O’Keefe translated sunsets and the landscape into canvas-bound visual expressions are also communities of Native Americans who have had to endure significant challenges. The southwest is a place where the effects of design can be studied when examining cultural integrity, economic distress, and the resilience of those who maintain their heritage. Santa Fe, itself is a place where tourism, culture, and ancient culture mingle and a place where studying design’s role in each is illuminating.