The largest, most diverse folk-art festival in the world—featuring 160 master artists from 53 countries—will take place on July 14, 15 and 16 on Museum Hill in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
People of all backgrounds and beliefs will unite as the market welcomes artists, entrepreneurs, global citizens and community leaders whose creativity provides common ground in an increasingly polarized world. Some 20,000 visitors are expected.
The Market, juried by two panels of experts, is carefully curated to represent the highest quality folk art made by individual artists, family enterprises and community artist cooperatives. The impact is especially great for disenfranchised women and artists from developing countries, where artisan work is second only to agriculture, and daily income averages less than $3.10 per day. Every folk-art purchase at the Market—90 percent of which goes home with individual artists, family enterprises, or community cooperatives—is a catalyst for economic opportunity and positive social change. The Market’s artist-centered model is supported through longtime partnerships with such respected global thought leaders as UNESCO and the World Craft Council.
New in 2017 is Innovation Inspiration, a special exhibition area featuring works by 30 artists who are reinterpreting time-honored materials and techniques into innovative works that express new meaning in the modern age.