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Santa Fe International Folk Art Market at Arlington Welcomes Master Artists from Around the Globe

Jun 15, 2017 05:23PM ● Published by Melanie Heisinger

Arlington, Texas, will host the first Sister Market location of the internationally renowned International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe, rated the Best Art Festival in America by USA Today. 

Artist Lhoucine Taous

Taking place June 16-17, 2017  at The Green at College Park, on The University of Texas at Arlington campus, the market will feature 35 master artists and their handmade goods from such diverse countries as Italy, Ghana, Uzbekistan, Nigeria, Ukraine, South Sudan, Myanmar, and Peru, among others.

The 
Santa Fe International Folk Art Market at Arlington will begin on June 16 with a VIP event at The Green, where guests will enjoy the ambiance of a Night in Old Havana, and have the first opportunity to shop the market. On June 17, the market will be open to the public and include internationally inspired food and entertainment and of course beautiful folk art for sale. 

Co-Chair Linda Dipert, along with Tony Pompa have worked tirelessly to bring this market to Arlington. 

A Little History

Originating in Santa Fe, the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market began with a small group of people with a plan to introduce artists from all over the globe to their local community about 13 years ago. Their mission was, and remains, to celebrate and highlight traditional folk art from around the world.

Since then, they have grown into a nonprofit empowering international folk artists year-round.

Courtesy of the City of Arlington website

Not only does this market provide a great opportunity within the community, it also helps these global artists sell their work and bring it back home. The funds that the artists make at these festivals assists in providing communities around the world having clean drinking water, education for girls, improved health care and thriving folk art communities.

In turn, this event also generates revenue for the community that it is based in, which up until this year has solely been in Santa Fe. 

This year Arlington is taking on the Folk Art Market and bringing incredibly talented artists to the area. Over 500 volunteers will be helping with this event and the community has rallied behind it since its inception. 

It's all largely a part of the Mayor's mission to maintain art culture and promote Arlington as a diverse community that welcomes these artists. 

There are several components to the mission of this event, according to Linda Dipert, "One is about the artists, most coming from third world countries. What they make at the market will take care of their village for years."

Many of these artists have never been outside of their own villages. Linda and her team help get the artists to the US, including helping apply for visas, pay for travel, getting their art and products through customs, organizing to have interpreters, among plenty of other extra logistics.

Another important part of the mission of the event is all about the economic impact that it has on the community, including tourism. Likewise, the artists also make money at the end of Saturday. They are then able to spend it all day Sunday typically purchasing things they can't get at home, like computers, televisions, and more.

"This event draws everybody together in a really peaceful way," Linda informed us. 

Why Arlington?

Artist Madina Kasimbaeva

Linda visited the Santa Fe Folk Art Market  a few years ago with only intentions to appreciate the art being presented, her sole reason for going. However, once she reviewed the city impact report, her mind quickly switched gears. 

She discovered that billions of dollars of merchandise and more had been sold, with 90% of the profits going to directly to the artists. For the Santa Fe community, it saw 13 million dollars of economic impact. 

For the last two years, Linda has been working tirelessly along with her team and developing a partnership with the Santa Fe organizers. 

But, back to Arlington. 

As stated by Linda, "Arlington is the second most diverse city in the state, the AISD is the fifth most diverse district in the state, and UTA is the fifth most diverse university in the country."

Thus, Arlington was a perfect fit for this type of event. "Artists can see their reflection coming to Arlington" Linda said. 


The Artists

Artist Lider Rivera Matos

The artists that attend are from all over the world. These 35 master artists and their handmade goods are from diverse countries such as Italy, Ghana, Uzbekistan, Nigeria, Ukraine, South Sudan, Myanmar, and Peru, among others. 

For the artists, there is also an education component. Because this event is largely their first time out of their country, pricing and selling their products is a skill set that isn't really developed yet. Volunteers, interpreters, and other community members assist the artists as much as possible with educating these artists on how to sell and at what price. 

However, not just any art comes through to Arlington or Santa Fe. All artists are heavily vetted by experts to ensure that the best of the best are coming over. All art coming through is incredibly high-quality.  

To view all of their profiles, you can visit the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market at Arlington website.

The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market at Arlington will be a positive impact for both the artists and the Arlington community alike, and lives will be changed for the better as a result. 

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To learn more about the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market at Arlington, please contact Linda Dipert at Linda_Dipert@yahoo.com or 817-271-5809, or visit the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market at Arlington website

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