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

A Gathering of Voices
Featured Event Family Exhibition Opening

A Gathering of Voices

December 16, 2018
1:00 PM - 4:00 AM

Public Opening: Join us for Free admission, live music, hands-on art projects at the the opening of A Gathering of Voices: Folk Art from the Judith Espinar and Tom Dillenberg Collection.

  • Enjoy live jazz music by the Cyrus Campbell Group
  • Make festive candle holders with ceramic artists Mary Olson and Lucy Ranney
  • Refreshments by the Women’s Board of Museum of New Mexico, 2:00-4:00 pm

Join us for the opening of A Gathering of Voices: Folk Art from the Judith Espinar and Tom Dillenberg Collection. The exhibition celebrates the promised gift to the Museum of International Folk Art of the collection of Judith Espinar and Tom Dillenberg. The museum opens the exhibition Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. It runs through Aug. 25, 2019.

The opening reception will be held Sunday, Dec. 16 from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Museum of International Folk Art. The day’s festivities include live jazz music by the Cyrus Campbell Group. Ceramic artists Mary Olson and Lucy will help patrons make festive clay candle holders.

Refreshments from 2 – 4 p.m. , hosted by the Women’s Board of the Museum of New Mexico. Free admission for everyone sponsored by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, Fund for Museum Education.

Comprised primarily of ceramic traditions from Mexico, Spain, France, Hungary, Morocco and numerous other countries, the collection also includes rich holdings of New Mexico santos, Latin American retablos and metalwork, furniture and textiles from around the world. The exhibition brings together the various voices of international cultures and living traditions, through the vision of one collector.

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Photo Credit: Detail of face jar, Giacomo Lo Bianco (Sicily), 1993-94, ceramic. Photo: Addison Doty

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2018 Winter Solstice Stroll on Museum Hill
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2018 Winter Solstice Stroll on Museum Hill

December 21, 2018
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

 2018  1st Annual Winter Solstice Stroll on Museum Hill- Join us on Museum Hill as the museums stay open late, till 7pm, to celebrate the season on the winter solstice eve!

MOIFA, MIAC and MOSCA on the Hill will be open with Free admission. Enjoy the holiday season with family and friends while enjoying activities at the Museum of International Folk Art including:

  • Family Friendly Make and take your own farolito
  • Visit our mercado with handmade holiday gifts from local artisans and the museum shop, last minute gifts from $5.00 and up
  • Listen to Celtic Harp Duo, Linda Larkin and Claire Breitinger
  • Enjoy hot apple cider and home made biscochitos

Other Events on the Hill Include-

Museum of Spanish Colonial Art: Doors are open to the public to view our nationally acclaimed show GenNext: Future so Bright while enjoying a holiday atmosphere of music, song, and food. 4–4:30 pm: Santa Fe Desert Chorale Caroling. Entertainment by the Santo Niño Marimba Bandof Angels; create a hand-made ornament for the holidays – an Ojo de Dios; refreshments and more.

Free admission

Santa Fe Botanical Garden: Light up your holiday season with GLOW –Cosmic Nights! This annual event features thousands of twinkle lights and beautiful large scale light installations all aglow throughout the Botanical Garden. Enjoy live music, festive beverages, and meet Santa with the kiddos (12 and under get in free!). Join us for this delightful holiday tradition in Santa Fe.

Admission $10 for adults, kids 12 and under are free.


Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

  • 4 & 5:30 pm: Jemez Pueblo Buff alo Dancers
  • 5 & 6 pm: Tewa Women’s Choir, MIAC theater
  • 5:30 & 6:30 pm: Renata Yazzie (Diné) – pianist –playing a mix of classical and holiday music, Museum lobby
  • Open until 7 pm: The Colleen Cloney Duncan Museum Shop

Outdoor tree lighting. Ornament workshop for families/adults in Museum classroom. Festive holiday refreshments. Traditional Western holiday music sung in Diné piped outdoors.

Free admission.

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Community Through Making from Peru to New Mexico
Lectures and Talks Featured Event Family Exhibition Opening

Community Through Making from Peru to New Mexico

January 6, 2019

Join us for a free public opening of Community Through Making from Peru to New Mexico/ Comunidad a través de la Creación De Perú a Nuevo México , Gallery of Conscience 

  • Artists from the exhibit talk about their community work, 1:00-2:00 pm
  • Make your own paper print inspired by street art in the exhibit, 2:00-4:00 pm
  • Pop up market with artists from the exhibit, 2:00-4:00 pm 
  • Enjoy sampling Peruvian food from Quechua Peruvian Restaurant, 2:00-4:00 pm


Join us for a free public opening reception for a new exhibition in the Gallery of Conscience entitled Community through Making. The public opening Sunday, January 6, 2019 from 1-4 p.m. will feature artists talking about their work from 1-2 p.m.; an Artists’ Pop up Art market from 2-4 p.m.; and art making activities related to the exhibit from 2 -4 p.m.; and Enjoy sampling Peruvian food from Quechua Peruvian Restaurant, 2:00-4:00 pm. The public opening is a free event occurring on the first Sunday of the month.

Community through Making brings together local and Peruvian artists to explore how art shapes healthy and vibrant communities, and experiments with community curation, filling the gallery with video, stories, and artworks as created and told by museum program participants over the course of the spring and summer of 2018. The installation is a conversation across borders, highlighting three collaborative projects that paired local artists and artists from Peru for 10-day residencies in conjunction with the exhibition Crafting Memory: The Art of Community in Peru.

Throughout the course of the exhibition, Alas de Agua Collective will be creating a mural for the title wall of the Gallery of Conscience. MOIFA is very excited to partner with Alas de Agua and host this mural inside our walls, which was commissioned to explore themes of relatedness across borders. Uniting local artists and providing a creative outlet for Santa Fe youth, Alas de Agua paints culturally resonant public murals across the town, working to beautify and strengthen the Santa Fe community. Come see their mural in progress outside the Gallery of Conscience exhibit and meet these incredible artists.

The Museum of International Folk Art is a proud member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. As a member site, we are committed to addressing social issues related to the arts and the communities we serve.

What Is the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience? 

It is a global network of historic sites, museums and memory initiatives that connect past struggles to today’s movements for human rights; the only worldwide network dedicated to transforming places that preserve the past into spaces that promote civic action. This conscious effort to connect past to present and memory to action is the hallmark of the Sites of Conscience movement. As a network of more than 250 Sites of Conscience in 65 countries, the Coalition engages tens of millions of people every year in using the lessons of history to take action on challenges to democracy and human rights today.

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photo credit: MOIFA-Gallery of Conscience: Carol Fernandez and Fernando Castro of Amapolay painting at artist collective Alas de Agua’s mural site in Santa Fe, June 27th, 2018 

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“And What Else About Beads”
Lectures and Talks

“And What Else About Beads”

February 3, 2019

Join us for a Lecture by Earl Kessler  “And What Else About Beads”  in conjunction with Beadwork Adorns the World exhibit at the Museum of International of Art. Talk held at the Museum of Indian Art & Culture’s Auditorium.

After the talk head over to the Museum of International Folk Art for our last day of Beadwork Adorns the World  before it closes!

Free Admission for New Mexico residents with ID.

Photo: Woman’s Vest T’boli, Phillipines from the Shari and Earl Kessler Collection

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Lunar New Year Celebration
Performance Featured Event Family Demonstration

Lunar New Year Celebration

February 10, 2019
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Come and celebrate Asian New Year traditions with the whole family at the Museum of International Folk’s Annual Lunar New Year Celebration! Fun for all ages. Free Admission

  • Lion Dance performance and parade at 1:30 and 3:30
  • Mocha Tsuki Rice Cake Pounding presentation by Santa Fe JIN
  • Hands on art making: paper lanterns and paper drums

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