Educational Programs Continue to Make An Impact

Museum of International Folk Art

Patricia Sigala, Educator/Community Outreach & Engagement, at MOIFA (Museum of International Folk Art) arranged for participants in the KIVA Program to visit the Yokai: Ghosts and Demons of Japan exhibition. Educator Dawn Kaufmann led the students on a customized tour of the galleries. The KIVA program is a classroom in the Santa Fe Public Schools focused on young adults (18-22 years old) with physical and cognitive challenges. They have been visiting MOIFA for many years through the Folk Art To Go! Program.  Kemely Gomez, MOIFA’s bilingual educator, will be presented a kite-making event mid-March at the Santa Fe Public Library Southside Branch in celebration of Nowruz (Persian New Year) as part of a welcome event for our newest Afghan community members. MOIFA also hosted a reception for bi-lingual students and their families from Camino Real Academy as a culmination of MOIFA’s School Partnership that has been ongoing since Fall 2021. Khristaan Villela also made a presentation to students at Mandela International Magnet School on Meso-American codices as part of MOIFA’s School Partnership program there. Family ProgramsFor families, MOIFA educators offer a free Family Mornings at Folk Art program on the second Saturday of each month featuring story time, art activity, and explorations in the galleries. For more information, click here

Docent-led Virtual ToursMOIFA’s popular docent-led virtual tours—Focus on Five and Girard’s Nativities--have both been recorded and are currently being edited. The tours will soon be available on demand on MOIFA’s YouTube channel. Two new virtual docent tours are in development: Girard’s Humor and Whimsy, and Docents’ Favorites in Multiple Visions. Visit MOIFA’s Youtube channel. Sponsorships Opportunities for the Fabulous Folk Art FleaThe ​return of the fabulous Folk Art Flea is now scheduled for Saturday, June 4​, at the Santa Fe Rodeo Grounds. It will be bigger and better this year after two years of suspension. There are sponsorship opportunities and special benefits available now, including Friday late afternoon early shopping. ​Proceeds benefit MOIFA’s world-class exhibitions and education programs. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, click here.

To sponsor the Folk Art Flea or to support the programs and exhibitions at MOIFA, please contact Laura Sullivan at, or by phone at 505.216.0829.



This article is from the Museum of New Mexico Foundation’s Trustee E-News Letter March 2022.

Images from the Museum of New Mexico Foundation’s Trustee E-News Letter March 2022.