Celebrates the humanity of the handmade that empowers communities through monumental earnings.
Since 2004, the International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe has hosted more than 1000 master folk artists from 100 countries in the world’s largest exhibition and sale of works by master folk artists. Artist earnings have exceeded $31 million and impacted more than one million lives in the communities they represent. The Market offers folk artists a respected spot in the global marketplace to gather together and share their handmade traditions and to create economic, social, and individual empowerment.
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Upcoming dates for the International Folk Art Market Santa Fe
- July 9, 10, & 11, 2021
- July 8, 9, & 10, 2022
Develops leadership through trainings and workshops that equip artists with the skills and tools they need to grow their businesses.
The Mentor to Market Programs (M2M) provide business and marketing workshops, hands-on skill building, peer-to-peer learning, and long-term support for folk artists to help them improve their livelihoods and participate more effectively in the global marketplace. Over the last decade, the Market has offered business-development training to 820 artists and their representatives from more than 40 countries. Through M2M, as well as the hands-on participation in the Market itself, artists develop valuable new skills to improve their businesses, build assets, and gain economic security for themselves and their families. They also acquire the confidence needed to be successful in an international marketplace.
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Encourages dignified livelihoods by connecting artists with wholesale buyers for year-round income.
IFAM | Collection at the Dallas Market Center provides an opportunity for master folk artists to participate in a venue that puts them in contact with hundreds of buyers from all over the United States and beyond. Through these wholesale connections, artists can now have year-round income, creating a lasting economic impact in their communities.
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Advocates for artists by sharing their inspirational stories in print and film.
In 2013, on the occasion of the Market’s 10th Anniversary year, IFAM published its first book, The Work of Art, written by local author Carmella Padilla. The Work of Art invites readers to understand and invest in the living legacy of folk art as a way to participate in the human story of the handmade––and to make a meaningful impact on lives worldwide. This lavishly-illustrated book examines the role of folk artists in the twenty-first century, recognizing their power as creative and socially responsible champions for global change, connection, and cultural sustainability.
We also premiered our first documentary film, The Silkies of Madagascar, whose trailer won the prestigious Cine Golden Eagle Award, tells the story of how access to sustainable, global, fair-trade markets preserves an ancient tradition, empowers women, and changes the future for their children. We are currently entering the 22-min. film into film festivals around the country.