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Review for International Folk Art Alliance, Santa Fe, NM, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with the Folk Art Market (IFAM) since the beginning, and just love it. At first, when it was starting out, it was exhilarating--all hands on deck, let's make this happen. It's still exciting as it's matured and our respective roles have solidified. I love the mission of creating sustainability one artist at a time; I love the experience of the market--so many people from so many countries--very vibrant. The event is very well organized and continues to improve year after year

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

I have watched artists bloom when they get here. I've seen successful sales. My favorite part of the market is that it creates safety for everyone but especially the artists, many of whom come from areas where the threat of violence is an everyday thing. Not only are they physically secure, but they are welcomed, hosted, their work is admired. There is a rising tide of goodwill that permeates this event.

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

Not anything I can think of.

Would you volunteer for this group again?


For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?


What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

The volunteer experience is very well done, no changes I can think of

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Life changing and life-affirming for me. I love interacting with so many people from around the world, and knowing that the work we do is changing their lives.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Exhilarated, exhausted, sunburned and delighted

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer & Currently I serve as a regional coordinator and assist the staff with artists and applications throughout the year. During the market I co-chair the information booth.