Events

There’s always something exciting happening at the Museum of International Folk Art! Join us for our many programs listed below.

Mark Your Calendar For Drive-Thru Folk Art Donation Days!
Friends of Folk Art (FOFA)

Mark Your Calendar For Drive-Thru Folk Art Donation Days!

April 20, 2024 through April 21, 2024
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Give your beloved folk art a new home by donating to the fabulous Folk Art Flea.  Friends of Folk Art (FOFA) are accepting donations of gently used decorative art, ethnic clothing, and jewelry throughout the year. Please call the Friends of Folk Art (FOFA) information line at 505-476-1201 or send an email to friendsoffolkart@gmail.com to arrange a pick-up or delivery time. Donations are tax deductible and benefit educational programs and exhibitions at the Museum of International Folk Art.

DONATE FOLK ART ANYTIME TO THE FOLK ART FLEA!

Give your beloved folk art a new home by donating to the fabulous Folk Art Flea.  Friends of Folk Art (FOFA) are accepting donations of gently used decorative art, ethnic clothing, and jewelry throughout the year. Please call the Friends of Folk Art (FOFA) information line at 505-476-1201 or send an email to friendsoffolkart@gmail.com to arrange a pick-up or delivery time. Donations are tax deductible and benefit educational programs and exhibitions at the Museum of International Folk Art.

Drive-thru donation days will be Saturday, April 20 & Sunday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drop off is located behind the Museum of International Folk Art. FOFA volunteers will accept your folk art and present you with a tax deductible receipt.

For questions, please email friendsoffolkart@gmail.com

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MAKE & TAKE @ MOIFA
Family

MAKE & TAKE @ MOIFA

April 21, 2024
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Join us in the Hands-on Studio at MOIFA for art projects, coloring sheets, and self-guided treasure hunts. Add to your explorations at the museum with fun art making, facilitated by our fantastic MOIFA docents. 

Dates & Themes:

April 21 & 28 - Make a Mask!

The program time is from 10 am - 4 pm, and the program is free with museum admission. Museum admission is always free for Kids and Members, program is included with admission.

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The Riches of Mexican Pottery
Friends of Folk Art (FOFA) Members-only

The Riches of Mexican Pottery

April 21, 2024
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Please join us on Sunday, April 21 at 3pm in the Vernick Auditorium for a presentation on the riches of Mexican Pottery. Eric Mindling spent the decade of his 20’s sleuthing out every village in Oaxaca he could find that makes pottery. He learned the diversity of ways of forming, finishing, and firing pottery native to this land including clay harvesting, stone burnishing, the use of earth pigments and rare processes of tannin dying pottery.

Doors open at 2:30 p.m. for Reception

Discover the riches of Mexican Pottery including the native ways and rare processes of forming, finishing and firing.

Please join us on Sunday, April 21 at 3pm in the Vernick Auditorium for a presentation on the riches of Mexican Pottery. Eric Mindling spent the decade of his 20’s sleuthing out every village in Oaxaca he could find that makes pottery. He learned the diversity of ways of forming, finishing, and firing pottery native to this land including clay harvesting, stone burnishing, the use of earth pigments and rare processes of tannin dying pottery. Eric writes, “Many of these pottery ways are on the verge of disappearing. To visit, to purchase, to publicize, to praise makes a difference.” 

Eric Mindling is the author of Fire and Clay, the Art of Oaxacan Pottery. This book is an homage to the wisdom of the ancestral indigenous potters throughout the wildly diverse state of Oaxaca, Mexico.

This event is for FOFA members ONLY.  FOFA members will receive an invitation by email which will include all the details. A single membership allows access to one ticket. A dual membership allows for two tickets.

For information on joining FOFA, a membership group of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, please click here.

For questions, please email friendsoffolkart@gmail.com

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World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
Performance Featured Event Family Demonstration

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

April 27, 2024
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

FREE event - Labyrinth

Celebrate World Tai Chi Day with us! This global event, promoting physical and mental well-being through Tai Chi and Qigong, takes place on the last Saturday of April each year. Recognized by 22 US Governors, multiple senates, and governments worldwide, events have graced venues like the United Nations Building and the Nobel Peace Center.

For more information, please email Joseph P. Dudley, Ph.D. at

jpdudley@alaska.edu

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The Fabulous Folk Art Flea is coming Saturday, May 4, 2024!
Friends of Folk Art (FOFA) Shop Event Family

The Fabulous Folk Art Flea is coming Saturday, May 4, 2024!

May 4, 2024
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

The fabulous Folk Art Flea is back!  Once again, the much beloved and anticipated Flea will be at the Rodeo Fairgrounds featuring hundreds of curated folk art pieces from collectors and artists around the world.  The donated art benefits educational programs and exhibitions at the Museum of International Folk Art, through the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, a private nonprofit organization.

The fabulous Folk Art Flea is back!  Once again, the much beloved and anticipated Flea will be at the Rodeo Fairgrounds featuring hundreds of curated folk art pieces from collectors and artists around the world.  The donated art benefits educational programs and exhibitions at the Museum of International Folk Art, through the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, a private nonprofit organization.

Admission is free and members of Friends of Folk Art (FOFA) enjoy early admission to the Flea from 9 to 10 a.m. Public admission is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To become a sponsor and help make this popular community event possible, click here.

For information on joining FOFA, a membership group of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, please click here.

For questions, please email friendsoffolkart@gmail.com

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Family Mornings at Folk Art
Family

Family Mornings at Folk Art

May 12, 2024
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for our monthly Family Mornings at Folk Art program featuring storytime, art activity, and explorations in the galleries. FREE program! 

This month’s theme: Paper Art with Papier Mâché

ASL Interpretation is provided for this program.

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Claiming Space: The Aesthetics and Politics of Graduation Dress
Lectures and Talks Featured Event

Claiming Space: The Aesthetics and Politics of Graduation Dress

June 1, 2024
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us for a talk about the aesthetics and politics of graduation dress by folklorist, Sheila Bock. A book signing with the author will follow her talk.

Sheila Bock is a folklorist and associate professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is author of the book Claiming Space: Performing the Personal through Decorated Mortarboards.

Claiming Space: Performing the Personal through Decorated Mortarboards examines the growing tradition of decorating mortarboards at college graduations, offering a performance-centered approach to these material sites of display. Taking mortarboard displays seriously as public performances of the personal, this book highlights the creative, playful, and powerful ways graduates use their caps to fashion their personal engagement with notions of self, community, education, and the unknown future. 

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Family Mornings at Folk Art
Family

Family Mornings at Folk Art

June 2, 2024
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for our monthly Family Mornings at Folk Art program featuring storytime, art activity, and explorations in the galleries. FREE program! 

This month’s theme: Summer Time!

ASL Interpretation is provided for this program.

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Between the Lines: Prison, Poetry & Families
Performance Featured Event Family

Between the Lines: Prison, Poetry & Families

June 16, 2024
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us for an afternoon of poetry and community gathering! Additional details will be forthcoming...

  • 1:00-2:00 PM - Poetry reading in Auditorium
  • 2:00-3:00 PM- Reception & hands-on making in Atrium

ASL Interpretation will be provided during the poetry readings.

Program presented in conjunction with the upcoming exhibit Between the Lines: Prison Art & Advocacy

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