On Saturday, June 17, 2017, people who stepped onto The Green at College Park in Downtown Arlington were transported to a bustling, global marketplace with traditional crafts, clothing, art and more from 35 countries.
Performers from around the world danced to sounds of music from their home countries, while shoppers marveled at the work of the artists and learned about other cultures. Many patrons walked around with colorful hand-woven baskets from Nigeria’s Akeem Ayanniyi, filling them with purchases from other artists.
This was the site of the inaugural Santa Fe International Folk Art Market at Arlington, held June 16 and 17 on the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington.
Arlington community leaders teamed up with the International Folk Art Alliance to create Santa Fe International Folk Art Market’s first Sister Market in the country. Arlington’s market was co-chaired by Linda Dipert and Tony Pompa.
Dipert, a fan of the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, said she was determined to bring the cultural event to Arlington after reading an economic report that demonstrated the benefits to both the artists and the host city. The IFAA’s mission is to celebrate and preserve living folk art traditions while creating economic opportunities for and with folk artists worldwide.
Visit the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market at Arlington Facebook page.
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