Friends of Folk Art

Friends of Folk Art, a membership organization of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, brings together like minds and joined hands to support the international cultures and communities creating folk art. Like minds are dedicated to fostering understanding and appreciation of folk art, while joined hands represent the opportunities for inspiring immersion into this special world of creativity.  The opportunities for participation include tours of homes with notable collections, conversations and workshops with those who craft folk art, lectures by experts, trips to locations where artisans produce their works and other special events to raise funds for the museum’s exhibitions and collections. FOFA members enjoy the privileges of access, connection and participation as they celebrate and support the folk art treasured in our own community and beyond.

History

In early 1992, Charlene Cerny, then Executive Director of the Museum of International Folk Art, presented to the Museum of New Mexico Foundation (MNMF) Board and the Folk Art Committee a memorandum on the creation of a ‘Friends’ membership group which would serve as a support group to both the Folk Art Committee and the Museum. Events proposed for the new Friends group included “open houses at collectors’ homes, specialized lectures, studio tours, field trips, behind the scenes tours, dialogues with curators”.

 

Activities and Events

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Annual Home Tour

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Conversations

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Folk Art Flea

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Lectures

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Special Events

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Trips

The Friends of Folk Art offers a variety of educational and enrichment experiences planned by the Friends of Folk Art Board. A newsletter, The FOFA Bulletin, informs members about museum news and upcoming events.  Typical events include lectures by folk art artists, collectors, and experts; an annual tour of Santa Fe homes with exceptional folk art collections; exhibit opening events; and its hallmark annual Folk Art Flea.

  • Annual Home Tour
  • Conversations
  • Folk Art Flea
  • Lectures
  • Special Events
  • Trips
  • ’22-’23 Program Calendar (is this the right spot for this?)

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FOFA hosts a tour of homes of Santa Fe folk art collectors each year. Three to four homes are showcased, with owners on hand to talk about their collections and inspirations. The afternoon concludes with an outdoor reception for members to meet one another and share collection stories.

For the most serious of collectors, FOFA sponsors “Conversations:  Intimate Salons with Folk Art Makers, Collectors, Icons.” These small, informal gatherings offer participants the opportunity to meet in the homes, studios and workshops of Santa Fe icons and experts who have contributed significantly to the vibrant folk art culture that permeates the City Different. $$

$$ indicates event is a fundraiser. Proceeds of FOFA events benefit the education and exhibition programs of the Museum of International Folk Art.

 

 

 

 

The Folk Art Flea is a one-day fundraising event of the Friends of Folk Art. Gently-used folk art from around the world is donated by community members, then sold at bargain prices to buyers seeking to begin, or expand their folk art collections. The Flea is one of Santa Fe’s best-known, free, and fun events. More than $500,000 in revenue has been generated by the Flea. Proceeds from the Flea,  and other FOFA fundraisers, benefit the Museum of International Folk Art’s education and exhibition programs.

$$ indicates event is a fundraiser. Proceeds of FOFA events benefit the education and exhibition programs of the Museum of International Folk Art.

Folk art education is a key component of the mission of the Museum of International Folk Art and Friends of Folk Art. Interesting and informative lectures about all aspects of folk art—from making to displaying to restoring and cataloging—are held year-round. Folk art experts provide inspiring and informative lectures.

$$ indicates event is a fundraiser. Proceeds of FOFA events benefit the education and exhibition programs of the Museum of International Folk Art.

Friends of Folk Art hosts special fundraising activities  support the museum’s education and exhibition programs. Events are planned to engage members and the community in the museum’s mission. Events vary each year, often complementing museum exhibits. Upcoming events include parties and celebrations for the Gerard Wing’s 40th anniversary in December 2022, opening of the Cartoneria exhibit in February 2023, and the museum’s 70th anniversary in September 2023. $$

$$ indicates event is a fundraiser. Proceeds of FOFA events benefit the education and exhibition programs of the Museum of International Folk Art.

A love of travel is something that most FOFA members share. Each year FOFA coordinates local, regional, and national travel experiences designed to expand members’ folk art knowledge and to meet the makers. Trips, offered at a reasonable cost, are coordinated by experienced FOFA members and professional travel coordinators.

  •  Upcoming Trips $$ (Click to link to upcoming trips?)

$$ indicates event is a fundraiser. Proceeds of FOFA events benefit the education and exhibition programs of the Museum of International Folk Art.