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The 15th Anniversary of the International Folk Art Market

It’s Time to Celebrate IFAM | Santa Fe, 2017

“This is the world’s best market. It’s a life changer for people back home and it is so important to preserving traditional craft forms. It’s also leading us forward with innovative ideas. We collaborated with a Market colleague from Ghana on using his recycled glass beads at the corners of our bandhani scarves, and people…
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2016 Impact Report

For 13 years, the International Folk Art Alliance has empowered artists and changed the lives of communities around the world by serving as a catalyst that strengthens communities and revives traditional art forms.Learn more about our programs and the impact we create with folk artists from around the world. Download the report, 2016 Impact Report

Market Results and the Road Ahead: From the Desk of Jeff Snell, Chief Executive Officer

  “I am a bridge between two worlds of my mother’s mother and her journey from the courtyard to the world.” Manisha Mishra For 13 years, the International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe has empowered artists and changed the lives of communities around the world, and like the quote above from Manisha Mishra, whose…
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International Folk Art Alliance Announces Inaugural Award Recipients

Among the many innovations, improvements, and changes at the 2016 International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe, the establishment of the 1st Annual International Folk Art Alliance Awards is perhaps the most profound, as it recognizes life-long contributions and commitments to the creation and support of folk art. The International Folk Art Alliance, and its…
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International Folk Art Alliance Brings Social Innovation to Santa Fe

Social innovation is a field dedicated to solving social problems by attacking root causes through novel approaches, shifting away from a conventional charity approach of managing conditions. As part of the 2016 International Folk Market | Santa Fe, the International Folk Alliance is proud to present, Social Innovation and Cross-Sector Solutions, Friday, July 8, 9:30am New…
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Ambassador Melanne Verveer to Serve as Honorary Chair for the 2016 International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe

A tireless advocate for women and girls’ empowerment, Melanne Verveer, the Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, has been named the Honorary Chair for the 2016 International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe. “We are so honored to have Ambassador Verveer as the chair of the Market this year, said…
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Gulmira Akmatovav | Kyrgyzstan | Mountain Cedar Woolens

Gulmira Akmatovav is a first-time Market who is part of this year’s International Folk Art Alliance (IFAA) Campaign for Artist Sponsorship. IFAA is honored to have her attend, enjoy, and benefit from 2016 International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe. In the Tien Shen mountains of Kyrgyzstan, Gulmira Akmatova is honoring and continuing traditional handweaving techniques…
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Tarek Abdelhay Hafez Abouelenin | Tentmakers of Cairo

Tarek Abdelhay Hafez Abouelenin is a first-time Market who is part of this year’s International Folk Art Alliance (IFAA) Campaign for Artist Sponsorship. IFAA is honored to have him attend, enjoy, and benefit from 2016 International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe. Tarek is a member of the Tentmakers of Cairo, a group of 23…
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IFAM | Santa Fe: the Largest Market Yet!

The process began in November where nearly 600 artist applicants were reviewed by a Selection Committee of seven folk art experts who have the responsibility to review, discuss, and collectively decide which artists meet IFAA’s criteria: diverse media, country of origin, cultural story, and foremost exceptional quality. This year artists from more than 60 countries…
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