Official Name of Public Space

The Santa Fe Railyard

Site Address

The Railyard Plaza is bounded to the west by the Santa Fe Railrunner tracks, Alcadesa St to the north and Chili Line lane to the east, Santa Fe, New Mexico

How will your Levitt AMP [Your City] Music Series reflect the essence of the Levitt AMP Grant Awards?

Levitt AMP Santa Fe Music Series will serve to build on the foundation of the existing AMP Concerts free Railyard Series that has already begun bringing people together in this newly redeveloped are area of the city. The development of the Railyard itself was a $170 Million dollar project to reclaim the original working Santa Fe Railyard as a public space, but since it's grand opening in 2008 it has struggled to connect with the community as the new town center it was envisioned throughout it's decades long planning. AMP concerts Director Jamie Lenfestey began presenting occasional free concerts in the park in 2010 but only since joining AMP in 2015 has the series truly begun to come into focus, and with the support of Levitt AMP we can truly create a compelling series that will draw members of our community from all over the city this experience the connecting power of live music in this exciting, fresh new part of the city. The Santa Fe Railyard Water Tower is already becoming an iconic image of the City, signifying the rebirth of Santa Fe's newer, younger, more diverse arts and tourism driven economy. Live music concerts alongside this iconic structure are the perfect way to increase civic pride, both in the new Railyard and in the City of Santa Fe itself. We are a diverse community, Anglo, Hispanic and Native Americans living together in one of the oldest cities in America. Connecting these diverse cultures as one is what live music is all about.

How will your town or city benefit from the Levitt AMP [Your City] Music Series?

Santa Fe is known as "The City Different," and for good reason. It's singular mix of cultures, history and striking natural setting, mark the New Mexico capitol city as one of a kind. With the right mix of artists, we will be able to attract every demographic in the city to this major urban renewal project- The Santa Fe Railyard. Introducing the people of Santa Fe to this new public space that their tax dollars helped create and helping this area flourish is one primary goal of this free series. Santa Fe is also striving to keep Santa Fe youth in the city, while at the same time appealing to a younger demographic nationally, urging them to start businesses, connecting with New Mexico's burgeoning film industry or the arts. The Santa Fe Railyard's multiple award winning design comprises the ideal of that newer, younger Santa Fe, and our concert series feeds that by seeking to book a fresher, hipper, line up of artists to appeal to this demographic. To this end we began working with a group of local high school students in 2016 to create what became called the "Convergence Project" behind the idea that these students wanted to connect youth from around the city's various high schools to connect and share music and art. This group worked with AMP to design and produce a free teen music and arts festival, Oasis Fest as it was called, was a great event and we have already begun to lay plans for a second Oasis fest in 2017.

Describe the site where the free concerts will be held. Explain how the Levitt AMP [Your City] Music Series will play a role in enlivening the selected public space and surrounding areas.

The Santa Fe Railyard is located in the very center of Santa Fe. The intersection of Cerrillos Road and St. Francis Drive is the major intersection of the city and marks the southern end of the Railyard Park. The Railyard as a whole extends along the original rail corridor of the train tracks in and out of Santa Fe. Those tracks were redone in conjunction with the Railyard Project to make way for the New Mexico Railrunner commuter train between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. The Railyard is also the nexus of a variety of bike trails and a soon to be built major bike and pedestrian overpass across the Cerrillos/ St. Francis intersection will further enhance this connection to the rest of the city trail system. The concerts themselves will be held on the Railyard plaza, an open space in the center of the Railyard with benches and trees, surrounded by contemporary art galleries, a local micro brewery, a movie theater and many more. All of these businesses and the surrounding community have loved and supported the concerts we have already done there over the past two years. The concerts create a focal point for activity in the entire area, encouraging patrons to support local restaurants and galleries, and food trucks are brought in for each event. Bicyclists, pedestrians and Railrunner riders join with the dedicated concerts goers, mingling and dancing together as the concert crowds grow at this crossroads. All shows end by 10:00 PM persuant to the city noise ordinance.