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International Folk Art Market- Santa Fe
January 27, 2011

I am a folklorist and for the last four years I have been the head of the artist selection committee for the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. It is the single most well-run, inspiring, influential and meaningful non-profit I know that provides opportunity for traditional artists throughout the world that they would not normally have. It makes all of the difference in hundreds of folk artists' lives--healing whole communities, providing housing, hospitals, roads and more, helping communities provide resources for orphans with AIDS, and improving the health of the artists and the arts throughout the world.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the letters and correspondence I receive from literally dozens of traditional artists in over 50 countries around the world who tell me of the ways in which the Santa Fe Folk Art Market changed their lives and the lives of their entire communities by helping them providing shelter from domestic abuse, heal from genocide, improve the environment, sustain their livlihoods, provide literacy training , provide resources for AIDS orphans in the communities, and more.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not do a thing except clone it!

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & head of artisan selection committee.