The Lensic Performing Arts Center

The Lensic Performing Arts Center

211 West San Francisco Street, Santa Fe NM


The 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.

 Mission: The non-profit 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 and youth events through its accessible and affordable programming.

• Serves as a national model for a sustainable arts center—with its focus on performance, education and community programs.

• Presents over 200 eclectic performances year-round, at affordable prices, delivering outstanding local, national and international talent.

• Enriches public education by bringing more than 10,000 school children to the theater annually to see free performances of music, storytelling and dance.

• Subsidizes local arts organizations, like the Santa Fe Concert Association, 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 $1.7 million over 10 years.

• Delivers best-in-class technical support capable of serving world-class organizations from traveling Broadway shows to the Moscow Ballet.

• 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, a community box office serving more than 35 organizations and venues.

Photos by Kate Russell