Museum of International Folk Art

Bead Exchange set for Community Day on Museum Hill Sunday, September 23

August 09, 2018


(Santa Fe, New Mexico) – The Museum of International Folk Art Bead Exchange will be held on Sunday, September 23, 2018 from Noon until 4 p.m. as part of Community Day on Santa Fe’s Museum Hill.

Community Day traditionally draws thousands of people to Museum Hill who can visit all the museums and the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens without paying admission.

This year’s event is in conjunction with the Museum of International Folk Art’s ongoing Beadworks Adorns the World exhibition, giving bead collectors and community members an opportunity to exchange and sell beads.

Beads can be from ancient to contemporary, in good condition and priced ahead of time, and each vendor must process their own sales. Beads are for sale or exchange only, not jewelry. All exchanges must be agreed upon by both parties, and beads will be exchanged at equal value.

Public Contact: Kathryn Risley at


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.

A division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. 706 Camino Lejo, on Museum Hill in Santa Fe, NM 87505. (505) 476-1200. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, May through October; closed Mondays November through April. Closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Events, news releases and images about activities at the Museum of International Folk Art and other divisions in the Department of Cultural Affairs can be accessed at

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