In honor of the 15th Anniversary, the International Folk Art Market presents “Folk Art Matters,” a series of lectures covering a variety of subjects on all things Folk Art. All lectures will be held in our beautiful new headquarters ( 620 Cerrillos Rd. Santa Fe, NM 87505). Most lectures are free unless otherwise noted


Jeff Snell, CEO, International Folk Art Market
Social Entrepreneurship + IFAM: Impacting the Global Artisan Sector
Thursday, February 15
6:00 p.m. –  7:30 p.m.
Free Admission  

Jeff joined the International Folk Art Alliance team as Chief Executive Officer in March 2015, after more than 20 years in the charitable sector and extensive experience in social innovation and social entrepreneurship. He founded Midwest Social Innovation LLC and co-founded the Midwestern Consortium for Social Innovation, a regional platform to promote cross-sector, enterprise-based solutions to social problems. Jeff also served as Special Advisor to the President at Marquette University from 2007 to 2013. Jeff has lectured widely on social innovation and social entrepreneurship, with talks that include Fordham University’s inaugural lecture for the Loschert Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship, and another at TEDxUWMilwaukee. He received his Ph.D. from Marquette and a master’s in social ethics from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, in Massachusetts.

Porfirio Gutierrez, Master Weaver in the Zapotec Tradition
Natural Dye Demonstration and Lecture
Thursday, March 15

Natural Dye Demonstration: A three-hour cochineal and indigo natural dye workshop.
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
$80.00 Space is limited. Call Lauren Newman to reserve a space (505) 992-7606

Natural materials have been used to produce dyes and colorants throughout much of human history. In Oaxaca, the way of learning has been passed down from generation. Join master dyer and weaver Porfirio Gutiérrez to learn about the rich history of the craft in its cultural context, to make a range of richly colored dyes using natural colorants derived from the indigo, cochineal, and pericon and to apply the dyes to yarn. Each student will also have the chance apply the incredible blue shads from indigo to cotton cloth.

  • Lecture: Sustainability to Dye For…Preserving Zapotec natural dyeing tradition
    6:00 p.m. –  7:30 p.m.
    Free Admission

Porfirio Gutiérrez is descended from a long line of weavers from Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca. In this small village, known for its hand-woven rugs, he and his family are among a small group of textile artisans working to preserve the use of plant and insect dyes, techniques that stretch back more than 1,000 years in the indigenous Zapotec tradition.

Andrew Hale, Author, and Director of Anahita Gallery, Inc.
The Eternal Garden, Central Asian Embroidered Suzani: Myth, Magic, and Merchandise
Thursday, April 19
6:00 p.m. –  7:30 p.m.
Free Admission  

Andrew has over 40 years experience in Asian art and material culture, both as a dealer and researcher. He has undertaken specialized research into ancient beads and jewelry from global sources, and has particular expertise in the material culture of Central Asia, from the Bronze Age to contemporary crafts. Andrew has done both field and archival research in Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Russia. Andrew lived for many years in Afghanistan and Pakistan (1972 – 1980), collecting and researching local craft traditions. From 1995 to 2002, he was the director of a store and gallery, the Anahita Gallery, Inc. in Santa Fe, New Mexico, dealing in ethnic art of all types. Since 2002, Andrew has operated an online gallery and photographic archive and is the published authority in the field of Central Asian weavings.

Suzanne Sugg, IFAM Director, Clothing and Accessories Designer
Textile Techniques and Treasures at IFAM
Thursday, May 17
6:00 p.m. –  7:30 p.m.
Free Admission  

Suzanne has been active in a variety of art organizations in Texas and New Mexico for more than 40 years. She has served 6 years on the Board of Directors for the International Folk Art Market. Suzanne is currently on the Advisory Board of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation and a charter member of the Texas Women for the Arts. Suzanne has served on the Board of Directors of the Taos Art Museum and City of San Angelo Public Arts Commission. She has served as Trustee Chairman of the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo Cultural Affairs Council, the Texas Association of Museums Trustees, and Texans for the Arts, as well as working with numerous civic organizations. She attended Christies’ Decorative Arts Summer School in New York City and participated in many national conferences of the Museum Trustee Association, International Majolica Society, and New York Silver Society.

Alden Zecha, founding partner at We Scale Impact
Counterfeit Items – Risks and Solutions
Thursday, June 21
6:00 p.m. –  7:30 p.m.
Free Admission  

Alden Zecha is a Founding Partner at boutique consulting firm We Scale Impact to which he brings more than 30 years of broad-range executive expertise in operations, strategy and finance, and vast experience from work in more than 35 countries. He regularly speaks on health and entrepreneurship around the world including at Harvard, MIT, the Savings Lives at Birth DevelopmentXChange, the Global Grand Challenges Summit, the Mobile Health Summit and the White House and has been quoted in the Wall St. Journal and CFO Magazine. Alden currently also serves as Executive in Residence at the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business where he lectures and writes about issues in social entrepreneurship and is a contributor to the Smart Impact Capital series of training modules. He serves as a director for various businesses in the United States, Europe and Asia, is a co-inventor on several patents and is an active angel investor in technology and health-related companies.

Keith Recker, IFAM Creative Director
2018 IFAM Artist Preview and Brunch
Sunday, July 8, 2018   • 10:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.
$15 donation is suggested. Space is limited. Call Lauren Newman to reserve a space (505) 992-7606

Keith Recker serves as creative director of IFAM and is the founder and editor of HAND/EYE Magazine, which profiles forward-looking creators, faraway cultures, ancient craft traditions, and cutting-edge design innovation. Keith serves as the president of the HAND/EYE Fund, the organizational home of HAND/EYE Magazine which also operates a small grants fund for artisans worldwide. Keith works with Pantone and London-based WGSN as a color and trends consultant. He is co-author of PANTONE: The Twentieth Century in Color (Chronicle, 2011) which was published in eight languages and is in its third printing, and his writing on color and culture has also been published in exhibition catalogs published by the Studio Museum of Harlem and the Museum of Art and Design, and others. Prior to founding HAND/EYE, Recker was Vice President of home furnishings at Bloomingdale’s and Gump’s San Francisco, and Director of home furnishings at Saks Fifth Avenue and Granet and Associates.

Kim Meredith and Mayor Alan Webber
Social Entrepreneurship: Inspiring Innovation in Business, Government and Nonprofits
An armchair interview with Alan Webber, Mayor Santa Fe and co-founder Fast Company
Led by Kim Meredith, Executive Director, Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society
Wednesday, July 11, 2018  • 11:00 am -12:30 pm
Free and open to the public

As the inaugural Executive Director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS), Kim Meredith has been responsible for strategic leadership, strong financial performance and consistent organizational growth, including scaling Stanford PACS through the expansion of research and programmatic initiatives. Ms. Meredith joined in July 2009, one year later led the team to acquire the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), and in 2012 launched Stanford PACS programs at the Stanford Center at Peking University. Ms. Meredith brings dynamic and innovative leadership to implement the mission of Stanford PACS and SSIR. Prior to joining Stanford PACS, Ms. Meredith served as the Chief Development Officer for Planned Parenthood Federation of America in New York City. Before joining PPFA, she served for nine years as the Chief Operating Officer at Planned Parenthood Golden Gate in San Francisco. Ms. Meredith launched her business career in corporate America at AT&T for ten years. Ms. Meredith graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Economics. In 2005, she received a fellowship to the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders.

Alan Webber is Santa Fe’s 43rd Mayor—and the City’s first full-time executive. He was elected in March of 2018 with 66% of the vote.  As Mayor, he is focused on making Santa Fe the most user-friendly, eco-friendly, and family-friendly city in the country.  Alan has been married to Frances Diemoz for over forty years. They have two children, Adam and Amanda. Before running for Mayor, Alan built a career in business and journalism, most notably as the Editorial Director of the Harvard Business Review and Co-Founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Fast Company Magazine.

Kathleen Kelly Janus
Social Startup Success: How to Maximize Impact for Social Causes: Lecture and Booksigning 
Thursday, July 12, 2018  • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kathleen Kelly Janus is a social entrepreneur, author and lecturer at Stanford University. As an expert on philanthropy, millennial engagement and scaling early stage organizations, her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Tech Crunch and the San Francisco Chronicle. She is the co-founder of Spark, the largest network of millennial donors in the world. Based in the heart of the Silicon Valley, her new book, Social Startup Success, features best practices for early stage nonprofit organizations based on a five-year research project interviewing hundreds of top-performing social entrepreneurs.

Fred de Sam Lazaro (Under-Told Stories, PBS) Presented with Creative Santa Fe 
Social enterprise, artist entrepreneurship, micro-economies, and other subjects that he has covered as an international journalist; all closely related to the mission of IFAM and its partnership with artist entrepreneurs. 
Friday, July 13, 2018  • 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Fred de Sam Lazaro is director of the Under-Told Stories Project, a program that combines teaching and international journalism, and a senior distinguished fellow at the Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.He has worked for the PBS NewsHour since 1985 and is a regular contributor and substitute anchor for Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly. He also directed two films from India and the Democratic Republic of Congo for the PBS documentary series Wide Angle. De Sam Lazaro’s stories have ranged widely from regional reports in the northern Midwest to AIDS, public health, international development, and social entrepreneurship across the global South. From Haiti to sub-Saharan Africa to South Asia, he has focused on stories that are underreported in the mainstream US media. He led the first American crew to cover the crisis in Sudan’s Darfur region and has reported from 40 countries. Born in Bangalore, India, he now resides in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is married and has three children.