This year’s market attracted 39 first-time artists, 123 returning artists, and two countries never before represented at the Market—Azerbaijan, and Greece.
Twenty-eight artists will again provide Innovation Inspiration in a special exhibition area, translating traditional folk art materials and techniques into works of modern meaning. Collectively, these creators’ eye-dazzling forms, textures and designs—textiles, jewelry, beadwork, basketry, sculpture, ceramics, rugs, metalwork, clothing, home accessories and more—blur borders in colorful displays of cultural dignity, beauty, and hope.
Serving as Honorary Market Chair on this 15th-anniversary milestone is Dr. Muhammad Yunus, winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize. As a leader and believer in creating economic change for impoverished communities through social innovation and entrepreneurship, Yunus’ participation pays tribute to the Market’s influence and impact as a global change maker.
- Is there a directory of participants?
- Are there livestreaming and recorded video?
- Who is reporting / blogging / tweeting about the event?
In July 2004, 61 master folk artists from 36 countries ventured to this high-desert city to share in a then-untested proposition that creativity, prosperity and community well-being could be realized through the art of the handmade. This July, that proposition—the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market—marks 15 years of art and impact as 162 folk artists from 53 countries gather at the world’s largest, most diverse folk art festival to celebrate cherished craft traditions and contribute to global unity and economic change.