The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market is 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides opportunities for folk artists to succeed in the global marketplace.
Now the largest international folk art market in the world, the organization presents an annual international festival highlighting some of the worlds 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 many opportunities for interaction and cultural exchange, deepening their appreciation of the cultures of our world.
The Market serves as an advocate for the preservation, survival, and transmission of folk arts and represents an innovative cultural enterprise model that presents a new paradigm for international development and poverty alleviation.
The Market puts producers, who are often marginalized and from rural areas in developing nations, into direct contact with new international customers who appreciate and value their traditions.
A major component of the Market is an Artists' Training Program that helps prepare folk artists to succeed in the global marketplace through business skill-building and the cultivation of human capital through cultural exchange.