_MG_3931.jpgThe Lensic Performing Arts Center opened as a nonprofit in 2001 following the restoration of the Lensic Theater, a cornerstone of downtown Santa Fe since 1931.

The Lensic:

  • Serves as a national model for a sustainable arts center—with its focus on performance, education and community programs.
  • Presents more than 200 eclectic performances year-round, at affordable prices, delivering outstanding local, national and international talent.
  • Enriches public education by bringing more than 14,000 school children to the theater annually to see free performances of music, storytelling, and dance.
  • Subsidizes local arts organizations, including Performance Santa Fe, Santa Fe Symphony, and Santa Fe Pro Musica, by covering half of the rental fee for each group that uses the theater.
  • Offers its facilities to local nonprofits for free, or at a nominal cost, helping more than 160 organizations raise $1.9 million since 2001.
  • Delivers best-in-class technical support capable of serving world-class organizations, from traveling Broadway shows to internationally acclaimed musicians and dance companies.
  • Sponsors a technical internship and scholarship program to train Northern New Mexico high school students in theatrical arts.
  • Serves as a home to the nonprofit Tickets Santa Fe at The Lensic, a community box office serving more than
    35 organizations and venues - and processing more than 120,000 tickets annually.


The nonprofit Lensic Performing Arts Center enriches lives by bringing diverse art and people together in the historic Lensic Theater, a cornerstone of downtown Santa Fe since 1931. The Lensic presents and supports local, national, and international artists and serves as a center for education, community events, and youth events through its accessible and affordable programming.


It's all at The Lensic—arts, outreach, a sense of community—and its historic environment offers a magical experience, for current and future generations. We will fulfill our mission as a 21st century model for performing arts centers and contribute to maintaining Santa Fe's international presence as UNESCO's first U.S. designated "World Creative City."





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