Folk Art Matters
Lectures | Films | Artist Workshops | Special Sales Events

Folk art is a window through which we see communities and individual makers of all sorts, from all cultures, expressing a wide range of identities and beliefs. IFAM provides a place for all of us to gather, learn, celebrate our shared humanity, and appreciate what brings us together. The Folk Art Matters is a way to express our passion for this organization and invite audiences year-round to experience the deep cultural impulses that shape IFAM and inform the creation of folk art from around the world. 

Upcoming Events

*All held at IFAM Center (620 Cerrillos Rd. Santa Fe, NM 87505) unless indicated otherwise

Making Moves: A Lecture, Pop-up, and Workshop with Elisa Ayala and Josué Castro
November 1, 2022
Lecture 5 pm – 6 pm
Pop-up 6 pm – 7 pm

November 2, 2022
Workshop 10 am – 12 pm
Pop-up 12 pm – 4 pm

IFAM Winter Online Auction
December 8, 2022 – December 16, 2022
10 am – 4 pm

Handmade for the Holidays: Holiday Market Pop-up
December 12, 2022 – December 16, 2022
10 am – 4 pm

Artistry & Abundance: A Holiday Celebration of Nature’s Bounty with Granja Workshop & Waveweaver’s Wool

Artistry & Abundance: A Lecture & Pop-up with Granja Workshop
December 13, 2022
Lecture 10 am – 11 am
December 14, 2022
Workshop 1 pm – 3 pm

Artistry & Abundance: A Workshop, Lecture, & Pop-up with Waveweaver’s Wool
December 15, 2022
Workshop 2 pm – 4 pm
Lecture 5 pm – 6 pm

Weaving Together – Arts, Cultures, and Communities: A Lecture & Pop-Up by Maki Aizawa
January 23, 2022
Lecture 5 pm – 6 pm
Pop-up 6 pm – 7 pm

Adornment & Adoration: A Valentine’s Day Pop-up with Sidai Designs & Lider Rivera Matos (represented by Shelly Batt)
February 8, 2023 – February 9, 2023
Pop-up 10 am – 4 pm

Adornment & Empowerment: A Lecture with Sidai Designs
February 8, 2023
Lecture 5 pm – 6 pm

Good Bones: Building Contemporary Design Out of Age-Old Traditions
February 9, 2023
Lecture 11 am – 12 pm

Past Folk Art Matters Events

The Fleeting Art of Devotion in the Mother Goddess Traditions of India: An Evening of Art, Discussion, and Imagery with Josh Schrei
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Havana Calling
Screen Printing Workshop | Presentation | Pop Up Sale
October 17-19, 2019

Phyllis Galembo: From Nigeria to Haiti to Mexico
August 21, 2019 – 5:30 PM

My Heart is in the Art: Volunteering at IFAM and Other Ways to Change the World
Thursday, April 18, 2019

May Day Celebration: Pop Up Sale and Open House
Eileen Fisher Renew featuring IFAM Artist and IOU Project Pop Up Sale
May 1- 4, 2019

Hilary Kilpatric
Presentation and Pop-Up Sale
Fashion, Women’s Empowerment, and the Global Craft Economy: featuring the work of Laotian artist groups Ock Pop Tok, and Passa Paa.
March 28-30, 2019

Dr. Suzanne (Suzy) Seriff
“Recycled, Re-Seen—Revisited: Critical Reflections on Folk Art from the Global Scrap Heap”
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Mary Anne Wise
Lecture and Book Signing
“Rug Money: How A Group of Maya Women Changed Their Lives Through Art and Innovation”
Thursday, October 18, 2018

Fred de Sam Lazaro (Under-Told Stories, PBS) Presented with Creative Santa Fe
Friday, July 13, 2018

Kathleen Kelly Janus
Social Startup Success: How to Maximize Impact for Social Causes: Lecture and Booksigning
Thursday, July 12, 2018

Kim Meredith and Mayor Alan Webber
Social Entrepreneurship: Inspiring Innovation in Business, Government and Nonprofits
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Keith Recker, IFAM Creative Director
2018 IFAM Artist Preview and Brunch
Sunday, July 8, 2018

Alden Zecha, founding partner at We Scale Impact
Counterfeit Items – Risks and Solutions
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Suzanne Sugg, IFAM Director, Clothing and Accessories Designer
Textile Techniques and Treasures at IFAM
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Andrew Hale, Author, and Director of Anahita Gallery, Inc.
The Eternal Garden, Central Asian Embroidered Suzani: Myth, Magic, and Merchandise
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Porfirio Gutierrez, Master Weaver in the Zapotec Tradition
Natural Dye Demonstration and Lecture
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Jeff Snell, Former CEO, International Folk Art Market
Social Entrepreneurship + IFAM: Impacting the Global Artisan Sector
Thursday, February 15, 2018