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From July 9-11, Santa Fe, N.M., will hold its seventh annual Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. The vibrant market provides visitors a chance to collect cultural treasures from around the world and meet the master folk artists who created them. More than 160 artists from 52 countries have been selected to display, demonstrate and sell their work at this year’s event.
“Many of these artists grapple daily with political, social, and environmental challenges in their home countries,” said Judy Espinar, creative director and co-founder of the Market. “Yet their cultural riches are many and they generously share the beauty, vitality, and cultural values of their homelands through their art.”
Ninety percent of the sales will go directly to the artists. Previously earned proceeds from the market have helped to build schools, wells, and health clinics in a number of third-world countries.
The three-day event will kick off with a celebratory opening party, including shopping, dancing, live entertainment and a variety of vendors cooking up exotic food. The Market will be held at Milner Plaza, next to the International Folk Art Museum.
Santa Fe International Folk Art Marketwww.folkartmarket.org