That’s All Folky
Celebrate the 15th anniversary of the world's largest folk art market
"Beautiful objects," says Khristaan Villela, the director of the Museum of International Folk Art, are something we can all come together around even if we do not share language, religion or creed—these things that are "not only beautiful, but also lead to significant improvement in people's lives."
Such as Aissata Namoko, a Malian artist who makes indigo-dyed clothing and home accessories. In 2004, she started Djiguiyasa Cooperative in Bamako to cultivate a skilled workforce of woman artists. The profits Namoko and her cooperative made selling work at the International Folk Art Market last year allowed them to buy a solar array for a local school so that children have lights to read by.
"The question is, what does it actually mean to have impact in your home community?" Villela asks. "In some cases, the artists have been able to buy vehicles, whereas they used to have to walk hours to get to the field where they harvest things like indigo."
Namoko is one of 162 artists from 53 countries who will sell work at this year's International Folk Art Market, bringing the number of countries represented since the market's founding in 2004 to 98, about half the world's total count.
Other artists Villela is looking forward to at market this year include Pedro Ortega Lozano, a self-taught Mexican artist who makes visually striking retablos out of cut paper, and Carla Fernández, a Mexico City-based fashion designer who has traveled her country cataloging Indigenous garments, and "has pioneered a model of how designers can work with Native communities," Villela says.
Leading the Thursday artist procession and serving as the honorary chair of this year's market is Bangladesh-born Nobel Peace Prize-winning economist Muhammad Yunus. Yunus is known for creating the concept of microcredit—lending small amounts of money to impoverished people, usually women, to pursue entrepreneurship as a means of escaping poverty.
Also on Thursday on the Plaza, the Chilean musicians Pascuala Ilabaca y Fauna perform traditional South American music with global influences, including rock and jazz. Ilabaca occasionally brings an accordion onstage. In addition to the main market on Museum Hill, events across town go on all weekend.
The artsy weirdo community of Madrid, New Mexico, lies a brief drive outside town, but isn't always on tourists' or locals' must-do list. Santa Fe Variety Tours aims to fix this with a five-hour tour of the one-time mining, one-time ghost town. Pop by the restaurants, check out the Madrid Old Coal Town Museum or pick up contemporary art works at any of the numerous galleries. There's a pretty sweet bar with live music, too and, for those of you still balking, a pretty glorious 1950s-esque soda shop. Chocolate malt, anyone? Meet on the Plaza and make it happen. (Alex De Vore)
All You Need is Love
Nostalgic for the 1960s? Get a heavy dose at a screening of the classic Beatles animated feature Yellow Submarine, the first of many films scheduled to be shown at The Screen, the previously dormant theater now run by the Center for Contemporary Arts. The 1968 classic, illustrated by hand and animated frame by frame, takes place in Pepperland, where the peaceful denizens are under siege by the music-hating Blue Meanies. The Beatles come to the rescue on a yellow submarine, get holes in their pockets, sing their way past the dreaded Suckophant and finally conquer with their groovy tunes. Psychedelic effects abound. (Roan Lee-Plunket)
3:45 pm Friday-Sunday July 13-15. $8-$11.
1600 St. Michael's Drive,
Enter the Chamber
We've said it before and we'll say it again: There are benefits in exposing young folks to the powers of classical music. And nobody knows this better than the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the yearly event that brings the chamber music ruckus to Santa Fe like clockwork, even hosting a little something for the kids. Not only does the Youth Concert give the musical context needed to painlessly dip a toe into the world of chamber music, they'll probably provide a bit of history to flesh out the ol' cultural CV. Will this performance from the Orion String Quartet turn your kids into brain surgeons? Who knows—but it probably won't hurt their chances. (ADV)
Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival Youth Concert:
11 am Monday July 16. Free.
New Mexico Museum of Art,
107 W Palace Ave.,