Despite my passion for travel, curiosity about world cultures and love of art, I had never managed to make it to the world-renowned Santa Fe International Folk Market. I’d always been working. This year, I hit the ground running as a volunteer. Joshua Maes and I spent a few hours working the cashier’s station. It was a high speed intro to market attendees and a fun opportunity to raise money for the Artists Travel Fund, which subsidizes travel expenses for first time artists. Volunteering enabled us to get in free and even more, to be a part of the Great Dance. I highly recommend the experience.
Check out the Market’s Facebook fan page to get a feel for the enthusiasm that fuels the event. Read the Market Wrap Up, which reports on this year’s financial successes and encouraging firsts. “The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market is 501(c)3 organization that provides opportunities for folk artists to succeed in the global marketplace and can make a substantive difference in the life of a participating artist.”