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February 28, 2011
The Kids ‘Passport Program’ at the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market Returns in 2011

Children Can Meet Artists, Learn About Other Cultures, and Enjoy Spectacular Folk Art – All For Free

Contact: Clare Hertel


image© David Moore, Clearing the Vision Photography

Santa Fe, N.M – Kids can receive a personal “Passport” and virtually travel the world this summer, thanks to a special program at the 2011 Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. Children attending the Market on Sunday, July 10 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 sticker that states they have “Traveled the World at the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market.” The program strives to awaken in children awareness about the many countries and cultures that exist in the world.

Again this year, a team of teenaged, volunteer docents will lead small groups of young “Passport” holders over the age of 5 on hour-long tours of the Market, introducing them to various artists, and talking to them about different cultures. The volunteers will be from Breakthrough Santa Fe (a volunteer program affiliated with Santa Fe Preparatory School), among other groups.

All of the Passport Program activities are free. Admission is also free for children under the age of 16. Sunday, July 10th, is Family Day at the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, and adult admission is only $5 in advance and $10 at the gate.

Last year, more than 700 children participated in the “Passport Program.” Organizers expect that number to rise significantly this year.

The Passport Program “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 Program gives them that. The artists love it, too.”

For more information, contact Clare Hertel Communications at 505-474-6783 or .

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.