Meet Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe
In 1965, The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe formed The Santa Fe Downtown Kiwanis Foundation in order to protect, preserve and promote the unique arts, music, and cultural traditions of Santa Fe through Zozobra, an iconic arts event created in 1924 by Will Shuster, one of Santa Fe’s Los Cinco Pintores and gifted in perpetuity to the Santa Fe Kiwanis.
The Foundation has provided college scholarships to deserving high school seniors, and in the mid-1990s, the Foundation added consideration of scholarships for students of two-year degree programs. In 1978, the Foundation also began making grants to Santa Fe County non-profit organizations that meet the basic needs of youth: Health and medical; food, clothing and shelter; education, arts, and recreation.
All these accomplishments have been made possible by the net proceeds from our annual production of the Burning of Will Shuster’s Zozobra. Over the years, Zozobra has given back $3.4 million to help the children of the community grow and thrive. The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe is currently engaged in active planning for the next Annual Burning of Zozobra to be held on Friday, September 2, 2022.