MOIFA | April 2024

Protection: Adaptation and Resistance and Ghhúunayúkata /To Keep Us Warm: The Alaska Native Parka Closing Celebration on April 7

Chilkat Protector masks, made by various artists during an online workshop led by Lily Hope (Tlingit), 2020. Thigh-spun, hand-dyed merino wool, cedar bark, tin, brass, ermine, beaver fur. Photo courtesy of Bunnell Street Arts Center. Portrait: Lily Hope (Tlingit). Photo courtesy of sydneyakagiphoto.

Join the museum for an afternoon with visiting artist Lily Hope (Tlingit) in celebration of the closing of Protection: Adaptation and Resistance. Lily will be hosting storytelling from 1-2 pm, followed by a weaving demonstration from 2-4 pm. ASL interpretation will be provided. Lily Hope is a distinguished artist and community leader born and raised on Lingit Aani. She is Tlingit Indian, of the Raven moiety. Following her matrilineal line, she’s of her grandmother’s clan, the T’akdeintaan. For more information, click here.


Art Showcase from School Partnership with Cochiti Elementary School

Cochiti Elementary Student Making a Doll in the Hands-on Studio at MOIFA

This year’s Museum-School Partnership program focused on Cochiti Elementary School, which took place from early February through mid-March. Two 4th grade classes participated in storytelling/visual arts/creative writing sessions by local Storyteller/Educator, Hyda Maria Dougherty.  In total, 85 students and 18 adults participated.

During the first week of April, there will be a Student Art Showcase on view in the Atrium that will consist of sketches, stories and dolls the students made in the Hands-On Studio at the museum in January when they toured the Ghhúunayúkata/To Keep Us Warm: The Alaska Native Parka and Protection: Adaptation and Resistance. The closing festivities on April 7 will include a public reception from 1 – 4 pm.

Then on Monday, April 8, Lily Hope (Tlingit) will present two storytelling presentations at Cochiti Elementary School for the lower grades and middle school students.


Become a Folk Art Flea Sponsor

Laurie and Michael Vander Velde, Flea Sponsors. Photo by Frank Chambers.

The Friends of Folk Art (FOFA) Folk Art Flea is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 4, at the Santa Fe County Fairgrounds, 3229 Rodeo Road.

We invite you to make a difference again this year by becoming one of our cherished sponsors. Click here to help support FOFA’s largest fundraising event of the year.

The impact of this event is extensive and enables the museum to introduce the world of folk art to over 80,000 museum visitors and 11,000 youth.

Since the Flea’s inception 12 years ago, FOFA has raised a cumulative total of more than $900,000, for the museum’s educational and exhibition initiatives. Together, let's get over the $1 million mark and make the 2024 Folk Art Flea the best one yet!

Sponsorships are fully tax-deductible and as a sponsor you will be recognized on signage at the event. Sponsors who contribute $500 or more will be invited to a special private reception and receive Priority Shopping on Friday, May 3.

Folk Art Flea Drive-thru Donation Days

Navajo Folk Art. Photo by David Margolis.

Give your beloved folk art a new home by donating to the fabulous Folk Art Flea.  Friends of Folk Art (FOFA) are accepting donations of gently used decorative art, ethnic clothing, and jewelry throughout the year. Please call the Friends of Folk Art (FOFA) information line at 505-476-1201 or send an email to to arrange a pick-up or delivery time. Donations are tax deductible and benefit educational programs and exhibitions at the Museum of International Folk Art.

Drive-thru donation days in April will take place on Saturday-Sunday, April 6-7 and April 20-21 from 11 am - 2 pm each day. Drop off is located in the parking lot behind the Museum of International Folk Art. FOFA volunteers will accept your folk art and present you with a tax-deductible receipt.

Mark your calendars for May 4 from 10 am – 2 pm for the 13th Annual Folk Art Flea at the Santa Fe County Fairgrounds off Rodeo Road. FOFA members get early admission from 9 – 10 am. Call Laura Sullivan at 505.216.0829 to become a FOFA member.

For more information on upcoming FOFA events, click here.

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To support MOIFA’s Exhibition Development Fund and/or Education Fund please contact Laura Sullivan at or by phone at 505.216.0829.