There’s always something exciting happening at the Museum of International Folk Art! Join us for our many programs listed below.
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
New Mexico residents admitted FREE on the first Sunday of each month. Youth 16 and under and Museum of New Mexico Foundation members are always free. We are open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Come explore our engaging exhibits!
Participate in this Sunday’s Make & Take program, and make an Ema, a Japanese Wishing Plaque.
About the Museum of International Folk Art: http://www.internationalfolkart.org
706 Camino Lejo, on Museum Hill in Santa Fe, NM 87505. (505) 476-1200.
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.
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 Family Program!
March 12th - Circus Fun! Enjoy the special performance of "Too Much Noise" a folk tale presented by Wise Fool New Mexico.
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
A public talk by YUMOTO Kōichi: From Collecting to Making Museums: Creating the Yumoto Kōichi Yōkai Museum.
Mr. Yumoto, founder of the YUMOTO Kōichi Yōkai Museum (Miyoshi City, Hiroshima Prefecture), has researched and collected yōkai material for more than thirty years, which culminated in a collection of approximately five thousand objects. He donated his collection to Miyoshi City, forming the basis of this new Yōkai Museum, which opened in April 2019. He is a former curator and general manager of the Kawasaki City Civic Museum (Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture). Among his publications in English are Yōkai Museum: The Art of Japanese Supernatural Beings from the YUMOTO Kōichi Collection (2013) and Yōkai Wonderland: More Supernatural Beings in Japanese Art from the YUMOTO Kōichi Collection (2018), and he is a contributor to the publication, Yōkai: Ghosts, Demons, & Monsters of Japan (Katz-Harris, editor, Museum of New Mexico Press: 2019), the companion book to the exhibition at the Museum of International Folk Art.
Traveling from Tokyo, Mr. Yumoto will join us on March 19, at 2 pm to talk about his wonderful collection and amazing Museum.
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Join us for art in the atrium on Sundays with art projects, coloring sheets, and self-guided treasure hunts. Add to your explorations at MOIFA with fun collection-inspired bilingual art kits, facilitated by our fantastic MOIFA docents. Our projects are always changing with changing gallery treasure hunts for the whole family.
- March 26 - Make an Ema, Japanese Wish Plaque
- April 23 - Make a Memory/Story Cloth
- April 30 - Make a Memory/Story Cloth
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
We are excited to share about the collaboration with El Camino Real Academy Santa Fe Art Department and Museum of International Folk Art as part of our Museum-School Partnerships. This year, we focused on the exhibit La Cartonería Mexicana, students learned about paper mache and celebrations associated with this art form. Two sixth-grade classes had the opportunity to meet Dagwood Reeves, an Albuquerque-based artist to learn about his artistic practice and process. Students also created their own sculptures and masks using paper and paste.
The students’ artwork will be showed case in a collaborative exhibit at the museum. We encourage you to come see our young artists’ artwork. The exhibition will be on view from March 20th through the 31st in the museum atrium.