July 12, 2019 – New Mexico in Focus travels to Santa Fe to look at the work being done by hordes of volunteers at this weekend’s International Folk Art Market. Many of those who work at the event are participating in “voluntourism,” where people make their vacation plans based on a volunteer opportunity. The market counts nearly 1,800 people as volunteers.
July 13, 2018 – This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. Launched in 2004, it has brought around 1,000 master folk artists from 98 countries to Santa Fe and those artisans have generated $28 million in sales, most of which has gone back home to their communities, funding everything from schools to hospitals to community centers. Since its first year, the Market has attracted 233,000 visitors and had an overall economic impact of $142 million dollars. Through mentoring, business workshops and connections to international buyers and markets, the Market has helped preserve and revive traditional arts in danger of dying out by helping artisans make a sustainable living that allows them to continue creating and innovating. Many of the cooperatives and artisan organizations who attend the market have helped women with few options achieve economic independence and support their families.
Jeff Snell, CEO, Santa Fe International Folk Art Market
Porfirio Gutierrez, Zapotec weaver from Mexico
Chantha Nguon, Stung Treng Women’s Development Center/Mekong Blue from Cambodia