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

VIRTUAL TALK: What is Folk? Museums, Markets, and the Invention of an American Art Tradition

Virtual Talk by Emelie Gevalt, curator of Folk Art at the American Folk Art Museum in New York City

Since its popularization in the 1920s, the term “American folk art” has been used to mean different things to different people, ranging from Americana collectors to modern artists, dealers, curators, and scholars across multiple disciplines. The genre has historically encompassed an equally broad range of objects, from carousel figures, quilts, and whirligigs to forms traditionally considered more academic, such as portraiture and landscape painting. Drawing on examples from the collection of the American Folk Art Museum, this talk will offer a glimpse into the history of a sometimes unwieldy collecting category, tracing its development in both commercial and museum contexts, from the early 20th century into the present day. 

Zoom Program - Wednesday, October 7 at 4 pm MDT


Emelie Gevalt is Curator of Folk Art at the American Folk Art Museum in New York City and is pursuing her doctorate in American art history at the University of Delaware. Often looking at earlier material through the lens of twentieth-century histories of collecting and collective memory, her work encompasses research interests in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American decorative painting, portraiture, African American material culture and representation, and the Colonial Revival movement. Gevalt received her BA in art history and theater studies from Yale University and her MA from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture. She has previously held positions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and at Christie’s, New York.

What: Virtual Lecture by Emelie Gevalt, curator of Folk Art at the American Folk Art Museum in New York City

When: Wednesday, October 7 at 4 pm MDT


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Meeting ID: 949 9359 7696

Passcode: 689896

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Virtual Family Mornings at Folk Art
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Virtual Family Mornings at Folk Art

October 11, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us on Sunday, October 11th at 10 am for our free virtual Family Mornings at Folk Art Museum featuring Grab-and-Go Art Kits and a Zoom program. The October theme is "Tiny Towns".  The Zoom program will include Story Time and ‘Show-and-Tell’ Time for the children to share their Art. By registering, you are consenting to your child being on camera and audio throughout the duration of the program.   

Grab-and-Go Kits will be available for pick up Friday or Saturday prior to the day of the Zoom meeting. Please register in advance to receive the art kit, which will include instructions and supplies for the project. Supplies are limited, and kits are only available as they last. 

Register for the Grab-n-Go Kits, or the Family Morning Zoom meeting, or both here:

The Museum is currently closed due to COVID-19 precautions, please visit our online resources page for online exhibits, experiences and recources 

About the Museum of International Folk Art:  

Founded in 1953 by Florence Dibell Bartlett, the Museum of International Folk Art’s mission is to foster understanding of the traditional arts to illuminate human creativity and shape a humane world. The museum holds the world’s largest international folk art collection of more than 150,000 objects from six continents and over 150 nations, representing a broad range of global artists whose artistic expressions make Santa Fe an international crossroads of culture. For many visitors, fascination with folk art begins upon seeing the whimsical toys and traditional objects within the Girard Collection. For others, the international textiles, ceramics, carvings and other cultural treasures in the Neutrogena Collection provide the allure.  The museum’s historic and contemporary Latino and Hispano folk art collections, spanning the Spanish Colonial period to modern-day New Mexico, reflect how artists respond to their time and place in ways both delightful and sobering. In 2010, the museum opened the Mark Naylor and Dale Gunn Gallery of Conscience, where exhibitions encourage visitors to exchange ideas on complex issues of human rights and social justice.

 706 Camino Lejo, on Museum Hill in Santa Fe, NM 87505. (505) 476-1200.

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Folk Art To Go Kits / Free Activity Kits

Folk Art To Go Kits / Free Activity Kits

October 17, 2020
12:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Make a Mini Community! FREE Folk Art To Go activity kits provided by the Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA). The activity kits will be available on Thursday (10/15th) & Saturday (10/17th) at the Southside Library through curbside pick-up (noon-5:30pm) while supplies last.

What: Free Activity Kits (while supplies last)

When: October 15th & 17th (noon-5:30pm) 

Where: Southside Library - curbside pick-up

           6599 Jaguar Drive Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507

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Online Ghost Storytelling on Halloween Eve!
Performance Family

Online Ghost Storytelling on Halloween Eve!

October 30, 2020
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Join us for Ghost Storytelling on Halloween Eve!

Joe Hayes and Satori Murata tell spooky stories from Japan and the US on Saturday October 30th at 8 pm MDT in honor of our exhibit Yokai: Ghosts and Demons of Japan. Fun for the whole family, recommended ages 10 and older

Join us on live streaming on Zoom -- Go to

In celebration of the new on-line exhibition: Yokai: Ghosts and Demons of Japan

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Virtual Yokai Halloween
Workshop Lectures and Talks Family

Virtual Yokai Halloween

October 31, 2020
3:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Yokai Halloween! 

Learn about Japanese monsters and join local artist Joel Nakamura in a monster drawing activity.

For all ages, on Saturday October 31st at 3 pm MDT

Join us live streaming on Zoom:

In celebration of the new on-line exhibition - Yokai: Ghosts and Demons of Japan: 

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