Passport ProjectChildren Meet Artists, Learn About Other Cultures, and Enjoy Spectacular Folk Art—All for Free

Santa Fe, New Mexico—Kids can receive a personal “Passport” and virtually travel the world this summer, thanks to a special program at the 2019 International Folk Art Market Santa Fe. Children attending the Market on Sunday, July 14, can follow yellow footsteps marked on the ground to a special booth where they will receive their own Market “Passport.” Carrying this passport from booth to booth, they can talk with artists from around the globe and receive special Passport “stamps” that show the flag of the artist’s nation. In addition, the children can see maps pinpointing where the artists live. At the end of their journey, they receive a badge that states they have “Traveled the World at the International Folk Art Market.” The program strives to awaken awareness in children about the many countries and cultures that exist in the world.

The Passport Project “gives the children entrée,” says Judith Espinar, Market co-founder. “We know kids are curious, and they want a way to approach and talk with the artists. The Passport Project gives them that. The artists love it, too.” On average close to 800 children participate each year.

All of the Passport Project activities are free. Admission is also free for children under the age of 16. Sunday, July 14, is Family Day at the Market, and adult admission is only $15.

The International Folk Art Market Santa Fe opens with a party on the evening of Friday, July 12, and runs through Sunday, July 14, 2018, at the beautiful Milner Plaza on Santa Fe’s Museum Hill. For detailed information and schedule of events, visit

The International Folk Art Market Santa Fe is held in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Museum of New Mexico Foundation, and the City of Santa Fe.

For more information, interview requests, and photos, please contact Clare Hertel at 505-474-6783 or