Former Santa Fe Center to Become Arts Space

by Bob Johnson 0

The author behind the “Game of Thrones” series on HBO, George R.R. Martin, is teaming with local arts group Meow Wolf to bring new life to a former bowling center in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Silva Lanes closed in 2009, but in 2015, plans call for the building to become home to an arts space for Meow Wolf, which is an “arts production collaborative that produces immersive, multi-media art experiences,” according to its Facebook page.

The price paid for the former bowling center reportedly was in the high six figures. According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, the space has been empty since the center’s closing, when Charter Bank seized the property. The former owner, Art Silva, had been seeking a buyer at the time of the closing. The city of Santa Fe has been without a bowling center ever since.

Author Martin is actively involved in the Santa Fe arts community. In 2012, he purchased the Jean Cocteau Cinema, and also owns several buildings in the downtown area that he reportedly plans to rent out for artist studios.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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