For Making the 2021 International Folk Art Market a Success!

How can we find the words to describe the difference you made? The impact you had on individuals across the globe is immeasurable, but that doesn’t mean we won’t try. With your participation, your art, your purchases, your volunteer hours, your donations, your support, and your tireless commitment to preserving the traditions of the handmade, we were able to accomplish the monumental feat of putting on a Market in a safe and successful way. Don’t take my word for it- let the data speak for itself:
  • Approximately 9,000 people from all over the country attended the 2021 International Folk Art Market
  • 115 Folk Artists participated either in person or represented by a dedicated team of Volunteers
  • Around 800 Volunteers took time out of their lives to make this Market happen
  • Thanks to Artists, Volunteers, Supporters, Board Members, and Staff, International Folk Art Market sales added up to approximately 2.2 Million over the two weeks of Market
You are extraordinary, and you make us extraordinary. With less than half the attendees of 2019, we were able to provide artists almost 75% of the income of the previous Market. You did that.

Since 2004, the International Folk Art Market 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 $34 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.


IFAM has adjusted its schedule and operations to accommodate COVID-safe practices. IFAM will strictly follow State of New Mexico public health orders. Mask wearing is mandated for all Market sessions. Social distancing is also built into the configuration of the entry and Market areas. Hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies will be broadly available. IFAM will also be a cashless event, limiting points of contact.

Consistent with current federal guidelines, artists will be required to take a COVID test prior to boarding their international flights.

With the exception of the Wednesday night opening events, no food or beverages (other than free water) will be provided during Thursday-Sunday Market sessions. IFAM understands that the Museum Hill Cafe will be open. IFAM is New Mexico Safe Certified for retail and event activities.

IFAM is equally concerned about safety and security. Consistent with IFAM’s direction, weapons of any kind, including but not limited to guns and knives, are prohibited at all times during this private event for artists, attendees, volunteers, and staff. Bag checks will be conducted by private security and security will be on-hand to address public safety and security as well as asset protection.