Nowhere in Santa Fe can you find more art than in the galleries and studios of Canyon Road. You’ll find more than 100 venues displaying and selling sculpture, paintings, indigenous crafts, digital art, and everything else under the sun. Whether you’re looking for inspiration or you want to add something special to your personal collection, Canyon Road is where you’ll find it.
What is Canyon Road?
Canyon Road is a short stretch of historic street near the center of Santa Fe. The portion of the road that people refer to as “Canyon Road” is just over half a mile, between Paseo de Peralta and Palace Ave. Along that stretch are more than 100 pueblo homes packed with art. Some are functional studios. Others are private galleries. Collectively, they make up the arts district we call Canyon Road.
It isn’t all just art, though. The area has a few notable dining establishments, including The Teahouse, Thai on Canyon, and El Farol. The former has more than 150 varieties of artisan tea. The latter is a famous bar and restaurant that lends its name to a famous game theory problem. It is also the oldest restaurant in town. There is even a historic Quaker meetinghouse.
The El Farol Bar Problem
This maximization problem states that every Thursday night, a fixed population wants to go have fun at the El Farol Bar, unless it’s too crowded.
If less than 60% of the population go to the bar, they’ll all have more fun than if they stayed home.
If more than 60% of the population go to the bar, they’ll all have less fun than if they stayed home.
The trick comes from trying to solve the problem without prior coordination between individuals. Deterministic strategies lead to fail states, while success hinges on creating a balanced state of probabilistic equilibrium. That’s all a lot of nerd talk, but we promise the problem is mathematically interesting.