Events

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

UNM Son Jarocho Collective
Performance

UNM Son Jarocho Collective

August 4, 2024

1:00 pm & 2:00 pm

Cartonería Concert Series: Celebrate Mexican cultural heritage with a vibrant fusion of music

Join us in the La Cartonería Mexicana / The Mexican Art of Paper and Paste exhibition for an in-gallery concerts featuring: 

  • UNM Son Jarocho Collective | Sunday, August 4, 2024, 1:00p & 2:00p 
  • Las Flores del Valle | Sunday, September 1, 2024, 1:00p & 2:00p
  • Mariachi Euforia | Saturday, September 21, 2024, 2:30p-3:00p 

FREE with Museum Admission 

The concert series is generously supported by the Friends of Folk Art (FOFA). 

The UNM Son Jarocho Collective, or colectivo de son, was established in 2016 by students at UNM. As a multigenerational collective, we play music to form communal bonds in and across Nuevo México and transnationally. Son Jarocho (Son) has roots in Veracruz, Mexico, and is shaped by Spanish, Indigenous, and African traditions. Since 2016, El Colectivo has hosted free Son Jarocho workshops at the Chicana/o Studies La Casita. Members have studied with local groups such as Los Jaraneros del Valle, and Las Otras and internationally renowned musicians from Mexico such as Julio Coro Patricio Hidalgo, Esther Maramontes, Rubí Oseguera Rueda, Laura Rebolloso, Sinhue Padilla, Raymundo Pavon Lozano, Claudio Vega, Freddie Vega. El Colectivo performs at schools, local businesses, community gatherings, and public events to engage audiences in the rhythmic and percussive sounds of unity, joy, and justice.

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Between the Lines: Prison Art and Advocacy Public Opening
Featured Event Exhibition Opening

Between the Lines: Prison Art and Advocacy Public Opening

August 11, 2024
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join us for the exhibition opening of Between the Lines: Prison Art & Advocacy

  • 1:00 PM  Poetry / Advocacy Organizations in Neutrogena Lounge
  • 1:30 PM  Refreshments in Auditorium by Santa Fe Youthworks Social Justice Kitchen & the      MNMF Women’s Board
  • 2:00 PM   Lecture by Nicolasa Chavez, Deputy State Historian                                                        *ASL Interpretation will be provided
  • 3:15 PM  Poetry / Advocacy Organizations in Neutrogena Lounge  

Photo: PA. LA. Casa (To the House) by Michael Guzman, 1982–1984, New Mexico State Penitentiary, Santa Fe. Paper, colored pencil, pen. Courtesy of Stuart Ashman in honor of the talented inmates at the New Mexico State Penitentiary, T.2022.11.15

Between the Lines: Prison Art & Advocacy seeks to re-humanize the incarcerated. Through a combination of in-gallery artworks, fresh multimedia pieces (interviews with returned citizens and allies, art-making demonstrations, etc.) and community-co-developed events, this exhibition will explore prisoners’ rights, recidivism / systemic oppression, and transitional justice.

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FOFA Annual Home Tours 2024
Friends of Folk Art (FOFA) Members-only Ticketed events and galas

FOFA Annual Home Tours 2024

August 24, 2024
12:00 PM - 3:30 PM

off-site

One of the perks of a Friends of Folk Art membership is the annual tour of homes with some of the finest private art collections in Santa Fe.  

off-site

One of the perks of a Friends of Folk Art membership is the annual tour of homes with some of the finest private art collections in Santa Fe.  The tour is free and available only to FOFA members.

The tour will feature three beautiful homes in the Las Campanas and La Tierra neighborhoods.  These private collectors and dealers will showcase their personal collections of folk art, primitive and fine art, early New England furnishings, American historic and contemporary art.

Visitors will enjoy an array of baskets, textiles, shields from Africa and Oceana, Tapa cloth from the Pacific, bags from the Tuareg people, metal tea trays, tea pots, and water containers from Turkey and Morocco.  Also included are African animal masks, statues from Benin, European religious figurines, minerals and fossils, stone sculpture, drums, walking sticks, cradleboards, rattles, drums, and an Iroquois dugout canoe.

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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Make & Take @ MOIFA
Family Workshop

Make & Take @ MOIFA

August 25, 2024
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Make & Take @ MOIFA, Create a Birthday Card for Zozobra!

 Join on either August 4th and August 25 (or both), 10am-4pm:  Hands-on fun, take your birthday card home with you, or let us deliver it to the Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe, the organizers of the Burning of Zozobra. Selected cards will be posted on social media in the days leading up to the burning of Zozobra on August 30th.  Be inspired by “Lounging with Zozobra,” a vignette of three works highlighting Zozobra imagery, will be on view August 20 to September 22, 2024

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. 

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.

This year is the 100th anniversary of Zozobra, a favorite Santa Fe tradition featuring a multistory effigy/marionette that is burned each year to purge the community’s glooms. To celebrate the occasion, MOIFA will present two pop-up displays related to two of the most popular aspects of Santa Fe Fiestas, along with hands-on all-ages art programs.  

“Lounging with Zozobra,” a vignette of three works highlighting Zozobra imagery, will be on view August 20 to September 22, 2024. It also includes an orginal 1920s “Quisicosa” head by Will Shuster. In Spanish, quisicosa is an enigma or conundrum, and this large-scale, quirky head is certainly enigmatic. It is one of four that MOIFA acquired in 1985 as a gift from the Santa Fe Fiesta Council. These heads were worn as part of certain Fiesta activities until 1984, when new ones were created. 

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Las Flores del Valle
Performance

Las Flores del Valle

September 1, 2024

1:00 pm & 2:00 pm

Cartonería Concert Series: Celebrate Mexican cultural heritage with a vibrant fusion of music

Join us in the La Cartonería Mexicana / The Mexican Art of Paper and Paste exhibition for an in-gallery concerts featuring: 

  • Las Flores del Valle | Sunday, September 1, 2024, 1:00p & 2:00p
  • Mariachi Euforia | Saturday, September 21, 2024, 2:30p-3:00p 

FREE with Museum Admission 

The concert series is generously supported by the Friends of Folk Art (FOFA). 

Carol Vigil and Leila Flores-Dueñas have been making music together for more than 20 years at venues that range from the Gene Autry Theatre in Los Angeles, the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Museum of National Folk Art, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, historical conferences, universities, public school classrooms, and an array of other venues. Whether they are singing for large audiences or private guests, they are sure to deliver smooth harmonies and thoughtful tunes with passion and heartfelt joy. “Las Flores del Valle” also enjoy researching and performing songs that have formed part of our rich cultural heritage in the US/Mexican Borderlands.

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Animal Paint-Fest with artist Ron Archuleta Rodriguez
Workshop Family Demonstration

Animal Paint-Fest with artist Ron Archuleta Rodriguez

September 1, 2024
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Animal Paint-Fest with artist Ron Archuleta Rodriguez, Check out the Wooden Menagerie on Parade in the museum’s auditorium, then participate in a group project painting large carved-wood animals made by Ron, or create your own peg animal. All supplies provided. Painting will take place in the Outdoor Classroom.

Free First Sunday admission for New Mexico residents.  

This year is the 100th anniversary of Zozobra. To celebrate, MOIFA will present two pop-up displays related to two of the most popular aspects of Santa Fe Fiestas, along with hands-on art making for all ages programs.  

“Wooden Menagerie on Parade” is MOIFA’s nod to the popular Fiesta event Desfile de los Niños/Pet Parade. For only 11 days, a selection of 42 carved and painted animals—all from MOIFA’s collections—will take up residence in the museum’s auditorium, forming a procession leading up to the stage. Many of these New Mexico animals are part of the Hispano tradition that was the focus of our popular 2014 exhibition Wooden Menagerie. Included in the animal parade will be a Felipe Archuleta giraffe, which was recently conserved and is currently the subject of a series of social media posts following her convalescence after years of suffering from a broken neck. The dates of MOIFA’s animal parade are August 29 to September 8, 2024

Also on Display “Lounging with Zozobra,” a vignette of three works highlighting Zozobra, will be on view August 20 to September 22, 2024.

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EXTRAVAGANZA ON MUSEUM HILL
Performance Featured Event Family Demonstration

EXTRAVAGANZA ON MUSEUM HILL

September 21, 2024
1:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Milner Plaza on Museum Hill

Join us for a celebration of Mexican cultural heritage with a vibrant fusion of music, dance, theater, educational activities, and a live luchador wrestling match on Milner Plaza! This event will highlight some of the rich regional cultural traditions reflected in our current exhibition La Cartonería Mexicana / The Mexican Art of Paper and Paste, and honor the history and living traditions of Indigenous communities of Mexico and our region. This event is being produced in collaboration by the Museum of International Folk Art and Museum of Indian Art and Culture and supported by the Friends of Folk Art (FOFA). 

Reserve in Advance Here

1:10 PM - Indigenous Blessing by Former Governor Mark Mitchell, Tesuque Pueblo 

1:20 - 1:40 PM  - Danza Tonantzin de Analco [Mexika dance] 

1:50 - 2:30 PM - Cloud Eagle Dance Group, Jemez Pueblo 

2:30 - 3:00 PM - Mariachi Euforia 

3:00 - 3:15 PM - “Matachines” performed by Los Niños de Santa Fe, Adult ensemble 

3:30 - 4:00 PM - Lightning Boy, Hoop Dancing (MIAC circle) 

4:15 - 5:30 PM - Tropa Magica

5:30 - 6:30 PM - A live Lucha Libre match, Mexican wrestling, produced by Duke City Championship Wrestling 

Throughout the run of the program: 

Join us for Hands-on Art Making at MOIFA and MIAC

Food Trucks, paletas, churros, and more! 

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Mariachi Euforia
Performance

Mariachi Euforia

September 21, 2024
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Mariachi Euforia will be performing a part of the Extravaganza on Museum Hill on Sept 21st. 

Presented in conjunction with La Cartonería Mexicana / The Mexican Art of Paper and Paste exhibition concert series. 

FREE concert. Reserve in Advance Here

The concert series is generously supported by the Friends of Folk Art (FOFA). 

Mariachi Euforia - Norteño Fusion musical group Euforia features members from Santa Fe and Rio Rancho. Their specialties are norteñas, mariachi classics, cumbias, and a bit of country.

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FOFA Trip to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Members Friends of Folk Art (FOFA) Travel and Tours

FOFA Trip to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

September 24, 2024 through September 28, 2024
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

off-siteThe Friends of Folk Art invite you to join us to explore northwest Arkansas with a focus on the renowned Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, an effort of Ms. Alice Walton, daughter of Sam Walton, founder of Walmart. We will venture through the surrounding area with visits to the Mildred Cooper Memorial Chapel and other interesting sites. September 24 – September 28, 2024

off-site

The trip itinerary includes 5 days and 4 nights and will highlight the 1956 Frank Lloyd Wright designed Bachman Wilson home, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art with specific tours including the Architectural Tour, Collection Highlights & Sculpture Collection, the Mildred Cooper Memorial Chapel, the town of Eureka Springs, The Momentary, the Hotel 21C Bentonville Museum and Hive Restaurant, and more!

This trip is open to FOFA Members and the General Public. To find out more and to register visit: http://crystalbridges.eventbrite.com.

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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