Santa Fe International Folk Art Market to Bring Artists to Arlington from Around the World

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Arlington resident Linda Dipert loved her experience at the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market so much that she decided to bring the event home with her.

After two years of planning and working with Santa Fe event organizers, the renowned Santa Fe International Folk Art Market at Arlington is headed to The American Dream City next month. The inaugural event will take place Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17 at The Green at College Park on the east side of the University of Texas at Arlington campus. The Market will feature 35 master artists and their handmade goods from countries such as Italy, Ghana, Nigeria, South Sudan, Peru and many others.

“Arlington is the second most diverse city in the state, the Arlington ISD is the fifth most diverse school district, and UTA is the fifth most diverse University in the country,” Dipert said. “That makes Arlington the perfect city for a diverse art event.”

Santa Fe’s annual International Folk Art Market was created in part to help artists from around the world become successful entrepreneurs while preserving and promoting art forms and cultures indigenous to the respective communities. The founding of the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market in Arlington continues the tradition by providing more opportunities for the artists to succeed.

“They liked Arlington and the ‘Dream City’ tag line, Dipert said in a UTA article about the event. “They liked the University and the diversity at UTA and in the city.”

The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market at Arlington will begin on Friday, June 16 with a VIP shopping event at The Green, where guests will enjoy the ambiance of a Night in Old Havana. The cost is $150 per person. Click here to purchase tickets and learn more about the VIP Shopping Event.

On Saturday, June 17, the market will be open to the public and include internationally inspired food and entertainment and folk art for sale. Early bird admission from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. is $25 per person. General admission from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. is $10 per person. Admission to the evening market, scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., is free. Admission for children ages 16 and under is free all day Saturday.

“I am extremely excited to be working with the International Folk Art Alliance to bring world class artists to Arlington,” said Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams, who is the event’s honorary chair. “Combining our central location with being the leader in tourism in the DFW Metroplex, Arlington is looking forward to hosting a multitude of visitors to the International Folk Art Market!”

With Arlington being the Market’s only sister city site, shoppers can guarantee their experience will be unique.

“It adds a cool factor for Arlington. We’re the only other city you can attend the International Folk Art Market besides Santa Fe,” Dipert said.

A majority of the proceeds will be returned to the artists, which helps them become self-sufficient in their home countries, Dipert said.

“It is like doing mission work at home. IFAA gives artist the tools they need to become self-sufficient. From how to market their art, to practical skills like effectively communicating with the buyer,” she said.

Arlington’s inaugural International Folk Art Market is made possible by the Arlington Cultural Tourism Council, the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation, Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau, Women Inspiring Philanthropy, Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, UT Arlington and many other supporters.

“The artisan sector is second only to agriculture in creating economies globally, so hats off to our partners in Arlington for their shared vision in building enterprise through excellent folk art that positively transforms communities worldwide,” said Jeff Snell, CEO of the International Folk Art Alliance.

 

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Missed Out
Guest

This event would have been great to go to, except that I didn’t know about it until AFTER it ran – why weren’t there posters in the library, or food stores, or emails sent to all residents or some other way to communicate this event was being held? I’ve asked some long-time Arlington residents if they had heard this even was being held, and no one had. How was it advertised? Will it be held again next year?

Susan Schrock
Admin

I’m sorry to hear you missed the inaugural event but organizers do say it is coming back next year. The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market at Arlington was featured a write up on MyArlingtonTX.com on June 2. That article was also shared on the City’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.
http://www.arlington-tx.gov/news/2017/06/02/santa-fe-folk-art-market-brings-artists-arlington-around-world/

Residents do have an option to sign up to receive a daily email of all articles published on MyArlingtonTX.gov. All you have to do is enter your email address in the Daily Updates subscription area on the lower right-hand side of the page. I hope this helps. Thank you!

Concerned
Guest

Dipert’s language around this event is disconcerting. Mission work is sometimes why these traditions have almost died out in the first place! This event was founded on preserving, celebrating and elevating unique art forms from around the world while empowering the artists. While we know that these events depend upon wealthy white people, none of these artists need to be saved or converted, Ms. Dipert.

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