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Introducing myself and my journal: Empowering folk artists to succeed in the global marketplace

About Me:
The mission of the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is to foster economic and cultural sustainability for folk artists and folk art worldwide and create intercultural exchange opportunities that unite the peoples of the world. In five years, the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market has established itself as the largest international folk art market in the world. It has received both national and international recognition for its impact upon the economic independence of folk artists around the globe.

Each year, the Market takes place for one weekend in July and provides a relaxed colorful atmosphere of an international festival, with some of the world’s finest folk art, multicultural entertainment, ethnic foods, and educational activities for children and families. During the Market, visitors observe artists’ demonstrations at the booths and have ample opportunity for interaction and cultural exchange, deepening their appreciation of the cultures of our world. The Market attracted 20,400 people (20% increase over 2007).

For the Market taking place on July 11 & 12, 2009, there will be 134 of the world’s finest folk artists from 46 countries, who have been selected by a panel of folk art experts based on a set of criteria including quality, marketability, and authenticity of their work. One-third, or 38 booths, represent artists’ cooperatives and associations with close to 16,000 members impacting the lives of 160,000 family and community members. A vast majority of these groups consist of women who are working towards economic independence and empowerment for their members.

As a leading international folk art organization, we envision a world that celebrates and values evolving traditional art and cultures, where a dynamic global folk art market ensures a dignified, sustainable living for folk artists, who are essential to preserving cultural diversity.

My Passions:
folk art, world cultures, travel

My Challenges:
fundraising to support micro-enterprises

My Vision for the Future:
A just and equitable

My Areas of Expertise:
fundraising, folk art education

Comments

Katie McDonald's picture

Wow - what a market!

Wow. That really sounds like a great market. If I'm ever in that corner of the globe I'll be sure to check it out...

It is great that you have decided to join our online community. I know that you will find this to be a positive experience and encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through PusleWire.

If you have questions, feel free to contact me and I will help you make the most of PulseWire.

Best wishes,

Katie

folkartmarket's picture

Hope you can come some day!

Hi Katie,

You really need to experience it to believe it-- thanks for offering to help me make the most of PulseWire. We would like to encourage our Market artists to get involved and join this wonderful online community of women making a difference in their communities and the world.

Best,

Laura

Katie McDonald's picture

Sounds like a great idea

Hi Laura,

That sounds like a great idea. I'm am sure that your Market artists would be able to find existing groups of members with similar interests where you can share ideas and talk about issues that concern you. There are groups related to fair trade, music, poetry, food and many more...You can find the group directory at: http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/groups

There is even a Market Place Forum at: http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/groups/3212. Of course, you can also create a new group and invite PulseWire members that inspire you.

You might also like to browse the ResourceExchange, a global bulletin board designed to offer access to needed resources as well as the ability to provide resources to those in need.

Katie

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