If the world is indeed becoming a global village, then Santa Fe’s Museum Hill will be one of its great marketplaces. The largest event of its kind in the world, the International Folk Art Market-Santa Fe will include the work of more than 150 master artists from 57 countries. Last year’s market drew close to 20,000 visitors.

The market provides a chance for buyers to collect one-of-a-kind pieces, meet the artists and hear the stories behind their work. Each year a committee of experts, including representatives from leading international museums, chooses the artists from a deep pool of applicants.

The event will have a ripple effect both close to home and around the globe. Ninety percent of the artists’ sales go home with them, and that money has a direct and often great impact on the lives of the artists and their communities, from basic food and clothing to new health clinics and wells for fresh drinking water, to the empowerment of oppressed women. The majority of the artists come from countries where yearly income is between $250 and $1,500 and where the people struggle daily with social, environmental and political challenges. Last year the market sold $3 million in art, with average sales of $19,440.

For the market schedule, which includes music and dance performances, events and workshops, or for tickets, call 505.866.1251 or visit folkartalliance.org

 

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