International Folk Art Market 2018
Santa Fe | July 13th – 15th 2018
In July 2004, 61 master folk artists from 36 countries ventured to this high-desert city to share in a then-untested proposition that creativity, prosperity and community wellbeing could be realized through the art of the handmade. This July, that proposition—the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market—marks 15 years of art and impact as 162 folk artists from 53 countries gather at the world’s largest, most diverse folk art festival to celebrate cherished craft traditions and contribute to global unity and economic change.
The 2018 Market is an event the world’s art and culture lovers won’t want to miss as 39 first-time artists join 123 returning artists, and two countries never before represented at the Market—Azerbaijan, and Greece—step onto the global folk art stage. Twenty-eight artists will again provide Innovation Inspiration in a special exhibition area, translating traditional folk art materials and techniques into works of modern meaning. Collectively, these creators’ eye-dazzling forms, textures and designs—textiles, jewelry, beadwork, basketry, sculpture, ceramics, rugs, metalwork, clothing, home accessories and more—blur borders in colorful displays of cultural dignity, beauty, and hope.
Serving as Honorary Market Chair on this 15th-anniversary milestone is Dr. Muhammad Yunus, winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize. As a leader and believer in creating economic change for impoverished communities through social innovation and entrepreneurship, Yunus’ participation pays tribute to the Market’s influence and impact as a global change maker.
Since 2004, the Market has shaped an extraordinary story of art and impact. Highlights include:
- Hosting nearly 1,000 master folk artists from 98 countries
- Generating $28 million from artist sales—90% of which goes home with first-time artists
- Impacting 1.1 million lives worldwide
- Drawing 233,000 Market attendees—with an estimated economic impact of $142 million
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