The International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe celebrated humanity via art in it’s 11th consecutive year. The event empowers communities through the opportunity to produce income to better their lives and those around them. Attracting more than 25,000 people, the event has provided more than $19 million to attending artists which has gone on to affect more than 1 million lives.
The event, which is sponsored by the newly formed IFAA (International Folk Art Alliance), will not only provide a marketplace for art, but a playground for international food and music as well.
The most intriguing part of the event is that artists take home 90% of their earnings, giving them the opportunity to serve as catalysts for positive social change in their communities. Not only are the artists benefitting, but the event creates intercultural exchange opportunities that unite the peoples of the world. Since 2004, the market has fostered more than 800 artists from 92 countries in the world’s largest exhibition and sale of works by folk artists.
Every year, more than 2,000 community volunteers work to produce an event that generates approximately $11 million in economic impact for the local economy. The annual success of the International Folk Art Market led to Santa Fe’s designation as a UNESCO City of Folk Art, the first U.S. city named to UNESCO’s prestigious Creative Cities Network.
Classic is proud to be a part of this amazing event and we look forward to next year!