Santa Fe International Folk Art Market

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What is Folk Art?

Folk art is an expression of the world’s traditional cultures.  The Market provides a venue for artists to create and sell high-quality artwork, and in this way, the Market serves as an advocate for the preservation and transmission of folk arts worldwide.

FOLK ART is rooted in traditions that come from community and culture – expressing cultural identity by conveying shared community values and aesthetics.

FOLK ART encompasses a range of utilitarian and decorative media, including cloth, wood, paper, clay, metal and more.

FOLK ART is made by individuals whose creative skills convey their community’s authentic cultural identity, rather than an individual or idiosyncratic artistic identity.

FOLK ARTISTS traditionally learn skills and techniques through apprenticeships in informal community settings, though they may also be formally educated.

The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, a non-profit organization, produces the largest international folk art market in the world, and our success led to Santa Fe’s designation as a UNESCO City of Folk Art.