TIBETAN PEOPLES – Artists Support to attend Santa Fe Int’l Art Festival
Lhasa areas, China
Inti Raymi Fund Sponsors Tibetan Artists Participation in the 2013 Santa Fe International Folk Art Festival
The Inti Raymi Fund helped support a group of approximately 175 Tibetan artists to sustain their culture and support themselves through the sales of their traditional handcrafted products. Our efforts sponsored their attendance at the annual Santa Fe International Folk Art Festival held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
Why did the Inti Raymi Fund Support this?
During this festival roughly 120 artists display their crafts from approximately 60 countries. The attendance from folk art collectors and retailers is usually 20,000 during this three-day event. At this time, vendors arrive with the entire community’s art, which they created during the immediate months preceding the event. The annual sales of this event alone can be sufficient to sustain their entire community. In addition to the direct sales procured at this event, it is a wonderful opportunity for these artisans to gain valuable knowledge on wholesale and retail during training seminars during the week preceding the market sales days. Lastly, due to direct exposure, these communities of artisans have a valuable opportunity to connect with many retail shop owners who come to the festival to establish a wholesale/retail relation abroad. This event promotes a unique cultural experience for all that come.
How Inti Raymi Fund Helped
The Inti Raymi Fund supported these artisans and their communities by financing the following:
• Booth fees
• Training seminars
• Product shipment
• Airfares, lodging, meals etc. of the participating artists
• In addition: Inti Raymi donated funds sufficient to provide the individual artists with a permanent line of credit ($15,000 USD). This line will be drawn upon for the purchase of raw materials required to create the following years’ products. This community artisans’ line of credit allows them to build up more inventory in preparation for the following festival and the wholesale trade towards which they are building. What can your dollar do? Help preserve the diversity of our cultures throughout the globe….
Start Date: July, 2013
Completion Date: August, 2013
Funded so far: $25,000 USD
Total Project: $25,000 USD
Lives Affected: 175
Kristine Jones, Claire Burkert and Nyima Tashi