It has been said that talent is universal, but opportunity is not.

Who We AreOver the past 14 years, the International Folk Art Alliance (IFAA) and its flagship program, International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe,  have been providing opportunity to folk artists at the world’s largest market of its kind. Our organization has expanded programs to meet the specific challenges that folk artists are facing in the global marketplace. What was born out of Santa Fe as a small grass roots organization focused on one weekend a year, has now grown into a nonprofit empowering international folk artists year-round. Allied with the world’s master folk artists, your participation in IFAA results in communities around the world having clean drinking water, education for girls, improved health care, and thriving folk art communities.

International Folk Art Alliance Mission and Vision
The mission of the International Folk Art Alliance is to celebrate and preserve living folk art traditions and create economic opportunities for and with folk artists worldwide. The International Folk Art Alliance envisions a world that values the dignity and humanity of the handmade, honors timeless cultural traditions, and supports the work of folk artists serving as entrepreneurs and catalysts for positive social change.

We are what we celebrate:

The 2017 International Folk Art Alliance Award Recipients are:

The Living Tradition Award: Abdullah and Abduljabbar Khatri
To honor artists who are an extraordinary example of the IFAA mission by contributing to the preservation of their culture through reviving and strengthening a traditional folk art with a strategy for passing on the tradition to future generations.

Community Impact Award: Sna Jolobil,
To honor artists who are an extraordinary example of the IFAA mission by positively impacting social change in their community.

Friend of the Market, Recipient: Mayor Javier Gonzales
To honor outstanding leadership and partnership in fulfilling the mission and vision of the International Folk Art Alliance.

Global Enterprise and Impact, Recipient: Thornburg Investment Management & Thornburg Foundation
To honor outstanding leadership by an organization in strengthening and expanding opportunities for folk artists.

Heart of the Market, Recipient: Melinne Owen & Paul Giguere
To honor outstanding philanthropic leadership that embodies the values of the International Folk Art Alliance.


The 2016 International Folk Art Alliance Award Recipients are:

Living Traditions Award:La Flor de Xochistlahuaca – Mexico
To honor artists who are an extraordinary example of the IFAA mission by contributing to the preservation of their culture through reviving and strengthening a traditional folk art with a strategy for passing on the tradition to future generations.

Community Impact Award:ROOTS Project – South Sudan
To honor artists who are an extraordinary example of the IFAA mission by positively impacting social change in their community.

Friend of the Market Award:Senator Tom Udall and Jill Cooper Udall
To honor outstanding leadership and partnership in fulfilling the mission and vision of the International Folk Art Alliance.

Global Enterprise and Impact Award:Dallas Market Center
To honor outstanding leadership by an organization in strengthening and expanding opportunities for folk artists.

Honorary Chair
2016 International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe
Ambassador Melanne Verveer

Heart of the Market Award:Nance and Ramón José López
To honor outstanding philanthropic leadership that embodies the values of the International Folk Art Alliance.