FOFA was formed in 2007 by a group of American writers, art historians, educators, gallery owners and collectors, united by a common concern for the protection and promotion of Oaxaca’s indigenous folk art traditions. Our longstanding relationships with many of the area’s folk artists enable us to identify specific projects that are both essential and viable. Our frequent visits to the area permit us to oversee project development and administration.

FOFA’s Board of Directors closely collaborates with Maestro Carlomagno Pedro Martínez, an internationally–known Oaxacan ceramicist and graphic artist, who has also been Director of the State Museum of Popular Art of Oaxaca (in Spanish, Museo Estatal de Arte Popular Oaxaca, MEAPO) since its inauguration in 2004. Carlomagno has been instrumental in promoting the artistic work of his fellow creators of popular art.

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The PBS Peabody award winning documentary series "Craft in America" filmed portions of two excellent programs in Oaxaca, one -- "Neighbors" -- partially in collaboration with FOFA. These programs explore connections through craft between Mexico and the United States.

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Oaxacan Popular Arts in the New Millennium, Nurturing Young Artists

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