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Santa Fe, New Mexico
Bringing Award-Winning Exhibitions to the American Public
From The Red that Colored the World. Pedro Antonio Fresquís (aka Truchas Master), Our Lady of St. John of the Lakes, New Mexico, early nineteenth century. Water-based pigments on cloth and wood, 11 x 7 ½ x 1 3/16 in. Museum of International Folk Art, Gift of the Historical Society of New Mexico. Image courtesy of the Museum of International Folk Art. Photograph by Addison Doty.

With funding from the NEH, the Museum of International Folk Art has been creating folk art exhibitions to share with the American public since 1980. In addition to traveling the country, many of these exhibitions have had a lasting impact on the City of Santa Fe. A 1987 grant helped the museum create an exhibition exploring family, faith, and Hispanic heritage in New Mexico and Southern Colorado that remained on display for nearly 25 years. Another grant helped it create Recycled, Reseen: Folk Art From the Global Scrapheap an exhibition that featured art made from recycled materials. Twenty years later, the city continues to host Recycle Santa Fe, an annual art festival that supports artists and small business owners in the region. Recycle Santa Fe is a direct outgrowth of the exhibition.

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