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

Amabie, the Yokai that Wards off Epidemics, and How it Went Viral in 2020.
Lectures and Talks

Amabie, the Yokai that Wards off Epidemics, and How it Went Viral in 2020.

December 9, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Talk by Zack Davisson, award-winning author, lecturer, and scholar of Japanese monsters, ghosts, and manga.

In conjunction with the on-line exhibit, Yokai: Ghosts and Demons of Japan.

Join us on Zoom:

Meeting ID: 988 9732 4056

Passcode: 722980​

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Música Buena: Yuletide Traditions in New Mexico in conjunction with Música Buena: Celebrating Music in New Mexico

Enjoy the fabulous and multicultural history of New Mexico’s holiday traditions!  This festive program features 6 short documentaries that were created for the exhibition Música Buena: Hispano Folk Music of New Mexico ​(in the Hispanic Heritage Wing at MOIFA) and the concurrent Música Buena exhibition in the WoW Van. 

Watch the Premiere on the Museum of International Folk Art Museum Facebook page:

New Mexico’s musical and dramatic traditions that are celebrated during the holiday season developed over hundreds of years beginning with traditions in medieval Spain that were then brought to the colonies. Here in New Mexico each has developed with local and regional influences. The Matachines dances are performed by the Hispano, Pueblo and Genízaro people of New Mexico. Throughout the state the Matachines dances and ceremonies are enjoyed on December 12, Feast Day of Our Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of Guadalupe and are also performed in many locations on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Las Posadas (The Inns) and Los Pastores (The Shepherds) are performed during the advent period leading up the Christmas Eve and Christmas day. Two traditions ringing in the New Year are the Los Comanches dances in Ranchos de Taos and the celebration of Día de los Manueles (The Day of Immanuel), or Dar los Días (The Giving of Days) in which houses are serenaded with music and dance to welcome the New Year, the latter are accompanied by the symbolic killing of the old year.

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Free Virtual Family Mornings at Folk Art
Workshop Featured Event Family

Free Virtual Family Mornings at Folk Art

December 13, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us on Sunday, December 13th at 10am for our free virtual Family Mornings Zoom program. The December theme is "Celebrations". The Zoom program will include Story Time and ‘Show-and-Tell’ Time for the children to share their Art.

Art project will rely on materials available at home, we will email you the activity sheet for this month’s project.

Register for the Family Morning Zoom meeting Here:

By registering, you are consenting to your child being on camera and audio throughout the duration of the program.   

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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