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FOFA'S Board of Directors Discusses Folk Artists' Needs with Oaxaca's Governor, Lic. Gabino Cué and His Staff



FOFA's great friend and supporter, Carlos Manuel Sada Solana, Consul General of Mexico in New York, invited FOFA's Board of Directors to meet Lic. Gabino Cué, Oaxaca's Governor since December, 2010, when he visited New York in late September. 


We took this opportunity to acquaint the Governor and members of his staff with our projects, as well as to propose practical measures to promote the prospects of Oaxacan folk artists inside and outside of Oaxaca. 


These include: Training in marketing via the creation of web pages and PayPal accounts, as well as effective packing methods; the establishment of ground shipping options to keep artwork at affordable levels; and the availability of small business grants. We further recommended offering shuttle service for tourists from the center of Oaxaca to and from key crafts pueblos, in addition to the Oaxaca State Museum of Folk Art. 


Ideas about promoting tourism to Oaxaca were shared as well, e.g., featuring Oaxacan folk art at cultural events in New York and other major US cities; organizing an exposition in Oaxaca of its many riches (folk art, contemporary art, cuisine, spirits, archaeology, eco-tourism) to be attended by gallery owners and travel companies; and countering the distorted impression conveyed by the press that Oaxaca is unsafe with the use of testimonials by Americans who regularly travel to Oaxaca.

FOFA Board Members with Oaxacan Governor and Staff
Amy Mulvihill, Cindy Weill (FOFA board members), Lic. Carlos M. Sada Solana (Consul General of Mexico in New York), Deborah Huntington (Treasurer, FOFA), Arden Rothstein (President, FOFA), Lic. Gabino Cué (Governor of Oaxaca), Joyce M. Grossbard (Vice President, FOFA), Susan W. Pasternak (FOFA board member), Lic. Jaime Bolaños Cacho Guzmán (Cué's Chief of Staff), María Elena Cabezut Villarreal (Director, Mexican Cultural Institute in New York)

FOFA Commemorates Its 5th Anniversary

Celebrate with Us!


Folk Artists and Art: Emerging Trends
"Catrina with her dog
by Carlomagno Pedro Martínez

In honor of its 5th Anniversary celebration, Friends of Oaxacan Folk Art -- in conjunction with the Celebrate Mexico Now Festival and the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York -- is proud to present "Folk Artists and Art: Emerging Trends."


This educational program features a presentation by distinguished Mexican anthropologist, Marta Turok, and Carlomagno Pedro Martínez, internationally-renowned ceramicist and Director of the Museo Estatal de Arte Popular Oaxaca (MEAPO), on Thursday, November 15th at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green, in lower Manhattan from 6-7 pm. A mezcal and botana reception follows at 7-8 pm.


Ms. Turok will document transformations in the process of creation, based on her lifetime study of trends, public policy, and consumer interests. Her observations will be supplemented by Carlomagno Pedro Martínez, who is uniquely positioned to reflect on this subject -- both as an internationally-known ceramicist from an indigenous pueblo who has had formal art school training and as mentor to the region's folk artists in his role as Director of MEAPO since its founding in 2004. He will draw on his personal experiences and interactions with the dozens of young artists who have participated in FOFA's folk art competitions, and in particular those to whom FOFA has awarded scholarships. 

Please join us for this very special presentation, followed by a mezcal and botana reception provided by Mezcal Pierde Almas and Chef Julián Medina of New York's acclaimed restaurant Toloache.


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Holiday Folk Art Sale


Friday evening, November 30th 6:30-9:00 pm

$25 entrance fee for first selections/Free to 2012 members


Saturday, December 1st 11:00 am-4:00 pm

 No entrance fee


At the home of Amy and Michael Mulvihill


20 Plaza Street East, Apartment F12

Brooklyn (2 or 3 train to Grand Army Plaza station) 

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