2017 Santa Fe International Folk Art Market at Arlington

Time: 6:30pm     Day: Friday     Doors: 6:15pm     Ages: All Ages    

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2017 Santa Fe International Folk Art Market at Arlington
June 16 - 17, 2017
Friday Night VIP Party
June 16, 2017 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Early Bird Market (includes all day Saturday)
June 17, 2017 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Saturday Market General Admission
June 17, 2017 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday Free Evening Market
June 17, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Santa Fe International Folk Art Market at Arlington Inaugural Event

Arlington, Texas will host the first Sister City location of the internationally renowned Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, rated the Best Art Festival in America by USA Today.

Taking place June 16-17 at The Green at College Park, on the University of Texas at Arlington campus, the market will feature 35 master artists and their handmade goods from such diverse countries as Italy, Ghana, Uzbekistan, Nigeria, Ukraine, South Sudan, Myanmar, and Peru, among others.

The market was created to help artists from around the world become self-sustainable, while sharing their indigenous cultures. The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market at Arlington will begin on June 16 with a VIP event at The Green, where guests will enjoy the ambiance of a Night in Old Havana, and have the first opportunity to shop the market. On June 17, the market will be open to the public, where the artists will present their goods, while internationally inspired music and entertainment is provided to enhance the experience.

Jeff Snell, executive director of the Santa Fe Folk Art Alliance, said, “IFAA is thrilled to find in Arlington, Texas the right partners—the Arlington Visitors and Convention Bureau, the University of Texas at Arlington, civic leaders, and stellar community leaders in Linda Dipert and Tony Pompa—to help create more opportunities for artisan-entrepreneurs from around the world. The artisan sector is second only to agriculture in creating economies globally, so hats off to our partners in Arlington for their shared vision in building enterprise through excellent folk art that positively transforms communities worldwide."

Half the world’s population lives on less than $2 per day, and the indigenous cultures are rapidly disappearing. The colorful stalls of wares for sale at the market, accompanied by smiles of pride from the artists themselves, who often represent the hard work and dreams of thousands of people who are in the artists’ cooperative in their native countries, are catalysts for social change that extend far beyond their borders.

About International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe

International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe is held in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Museum of New Mexico Foundation, and the City of Santa Fe. For detailed information and schedule of events, visit www.folkartalliance.org.