Our e-newsletter is designed to keep you appraised of the work FOFA is doing to showcase, support and celebrate Oaxacan Artesanos, to announce our educational and fundraising events and to introduce you to the various members of our community who make this all possible. To learn more about our mission, please visit our website at http://www.fofa.us/about/mission

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  • FOFA'S 2019 Product Innovation Workshop (8/28/2019)
    For 11+ years, FOFA has launched programs that encourage young Oaxacan folk artists (artesanos) to follow in their parents', grandparents', and earlier ancestors' creative footsteps. The cornerstone of FOFA's efforts has been five competitions (concursos) open to artists 30 years and younger, in conjunction with MEAPO (Museo Estatal de Arte Popular Oaxaca).

  • A 500 Year Old Tradition Survives and Flourishes (5/10/2019)
    In the early 1500's, Spanish authorities in Mexico sought new sources of revenue, following Cortez's conquest and subsequent looting of the gold and silver he found there. They recognized that the mulberry trees that they found native to Central Mexico might be conducive to raising silk worms. The first silk worm eggs imported by the Spanish arrived in Mexico in 1523.

  • FOFA Membership Renewal 2019 (4/23/2019)
    April is FOFA's membership renewal month. Your donations help us create programming to sustain and promote the folk art community in southern Mexico. The approximately 150 folk artists that FOFA works with are enormously grateful for all that we do.

  • Celebrating FOFA's 2018 Prize-Winning Young Folk Artists (3/8/2019)
    An exhibit featuring the 19 young Oaxacan folk artists who recently won 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in FOFA's (Friends of Oaxacan Folk Art) 2018 competition will open on March 15 at the Centro Cultural San Pablo, Oaxaca's premier venue dedicated to arts, education and culture.

  • FOFA Exhibition Opens: "Showing the Strength of My People" (1/25/2019)
    The new folk art exhibition Mostrando la Fuerza de Mi Pueblo (Showing the Strength of My People) opened on December 8 at the Museo Estatal de Arte Popular Oaxaca (MEAPO) in San Bartolo Coyotepec, Oaxaca. FOFA President Arden Rothstein, and Treasurer Deborah Huntington represented the organization at the opening celebration. The exhibition's sixty-six art pieces are the winners from FOFA-MEAPO's August 2018 competition.

  • Join Us and Ring In the New Year (1/7/2019)
    We greatly appreciate your tax-deductible contributions that make a BIG difference as we roll out our projects for 2019.

  • 2018 - A Banner Year for FOFA (12/22/2018)
    The fifth FOFA catalog Mostrando la Fuerza de Mi Pueblo (Showing the Strength of My People), showcasing the wonderful work of the 66 winning entrants in our August, 2018 young folk artist competition in Oaxaca, has arrived just in time for the holidays!

  • FOFA Brings Three Artists from Oaxaca for Museum of Natural History "Day of the Dead" Celebration (12/6/2018)
    FOFA was invited to take part in the American Museum of Natural History's fabulous Día de los Muertos celebration, November 2-3.

  • Showing the Strength of My People (10/18/2018)
    In August, 11 FOFA volunteers from New York and California worked in Oaxaca with the staff of the Museo Estatal de Arte Popular de Oaxaca (MEAPO, State Museum for Oaxacan folk Art) to organize FOFA's 5th young artist folk art competition, "Showing the Strength of My People." Aimed at providing recognition to folk artists ages 30 and under, FOFA volunteers and MEAPO staff registered and interviewed the 132 artesanos who submitted their original (and remarkable) pieces for judging.

  • FOFA’s Fifth Young Artists’ Competition: A Smashing Success (9/11/2018)
    FOFA's 5th Young Folk Artists' Competition in August - in collaboration with Oaxaca State's Museum of Popular Art (Museo Estatal de Arte Popular Oaxaca, MEAPO) - was a smashing success in a variety of ways.

  • New FOFA Catalog This Fall (6/11/2018)
    FOFA and MEAPO are gearing up for the fifth Young Folk Artist Competition in Oaxaca in August, with the theme "The Strength of My People.

  • FOFA/MEAPO's 5th Contest for Young Artists (5/11/2018)
    The campaign to announce FOFA's 5th contest for young folk artists in August 2018 is underway. We introduce the five esteemed individuals who have graciously agreed to volunteer as judges in our upcoming 2018 contest.

  • A Folk Art Collective Grows in a Oaxacan Town (4/19/2018)
    The traditional folk art culture of Oaxaca's pueblos is at risk. As master artists age and die, many in the next generation are responding to the lure of the promise of more stable work, outside of the arts world, and sometimes even beyond Oaxaca.

  • FOFA Announces its 5th Contest for Young Folk Artists (3/14/2018)
    We are excited to let you know that our fifth young folk artist competition will take place in Oaxaca in August!

  • Announcing FOFA's New Website (2/12/2018)
    We are pleased to announce the launch of FOFA's new website! It is full of resources for visitors to Oaxaca and folk art lovers everywhere.

  • FOFA Founder Arden Rothstein Honored (12/14/2017)
    Please join FOFA in congratulating our president, Arden Rothstein, PhD, for being presented the 2017 Van Deren Coke prize in Fort Worth, Texas, by the national folk art group Los Amigos de Arte Popular (LADAP).

  • Oaxaca in Park Slope (11/21/2017)
    FOFA's 10th Anniversary Celebration

    With marimba, mezcal tasting, botanas, and folk art sale! Meet Oaxacan artist Francisco Hernández Pérez, collagist and jeweler.

  • Celebrating 10 Years (8/12/2017)
    FOFA's Support for Oaxacan Folk Artists

  • FOFA's 10TH ANNIVERSARY! (4/21/2017)
    Save-the-Date for our Celebratory Event in NYC: November 17th, 2017

  • Oaxaca Woodcarver and Decorative Painter (2/17/2017)
    Giovanni Melchor Ramos Influenced by Surrealism

  • Honoring Our Roots, Exploring Our Dreams (12/19/2016)
    Meet Jeweler Yesenia Yadira Salgado Téllez

  • Textile Artist Recognized in Four FOFA Competitions Will Study In France! (10/5/2016)
    Alberto Sánchez Martínez in 2016 Contest

  • Honoring Our Roots, Exploring Our Dreams (9/6/2016)
    Art competitions are occasions for delight, surprise, puzzlement, loud or suppressed cheers - and occasional sighs of disappointment.

  • FOFA's Friend in Santa Ana, CA (4/8/2016)
    FOFA is fortunate in its friends. Steve Thompson, California collector and gallerista, has made a splendid connection for young Oaxacan folk artists: at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, CA.

  • FOFA Launches its 4th Contest (2/1/2016)
    We are getting the news out - on radio spots, posters and postcards - in Oaxaca and a dozen surrounding craft pueblos: FOFA, in collaboration with the Oaxaca State Museum of Folk Art, is launching its 4th Contest for Young Folk Artists.

  • When Artists Have Trouble Seeing - FOFA Offers Help (12/7/2015)
    One group emphasized health issues that challenge the well-being of women whose crafts are visually challenging.

  • New Skills for Oaxaca's Talented Young Folk Artists (5/20/2015)
    Professionalism, as most artists know, isn't in the DNA. Professionalism is learned, slowly, often one skill at a time, and usually from a more advanced professional.

  • Great Masters of Oaxacan Folk Art Event (2/18/2015)
    Save the Date

  • February 2015 Newsletter (2/10/2015)
    Exciting Update on Two-Time FOFA Contest Winner in Ceramics

  • November 2014 Newsletter (11/5/2014)
    Making Some Dreams Come True

  • July 2014 Newsletter (7/16/2014)
    Honoring Maricela García

  • June 2014 Newsletter (5/28/2014)
    FOFA Received an Extraordinary Bequest

  • April 2014 Newsletter (4/8/2014)
    Young Artists in Search of Their Indigenous Roots

  • February 2014 Newsletter (2/8/2014)
    FOFA 2013-2014 Retrospective

  • November 2013 Newsletter (11/11/2013)
    The robust response to FOFA-MEAPO's Third Contest for Young Folk Artists - with its theme "Celebrating Mother Earth: Inspiration for Oaxaca's Folk Arts"

  • October 2013 E-news (10/10/2013)
    FOFA board members often take a personal interest in the young artists who submit work to bi-annual contests sponsored in collaboration with Museo Estatal de Arte Popular Oaxaca.

  • September 2013 E-news (9/16/2013)
    Young Folk Artists at MEAPO: A Personal View of FOFA's 2013 Contest by Doris Friedensohn

  • July 2013 E-news (7/9/2013)
    FOFA is proud to have developed an outstanding partnership with the State Museum of Popular Art of Oaxaca.

  • June 2013 E-news (6/8/2013)
    An Initiative Inspired by Ceramicist Carlomagno Pedro Martínez.

  • May 2013 E-news (5/3/2013)
    FOFA's Third Young Artists' Contest: Exciting Innovations Made Possible by our Generous Sponsors

  • April 2013 E-news (4/5/2013)
    Count me in! Oaxacan Artists and FOFA Board Member Collaborate on New Children's Book

  • March 2013 E-newsletter (3/5/2013)
    Meet Victor Javier Bustamante Herrera, A FOFA Artist

  • February 2013 E-newsletter (2/8/2013)
    Introducing FOFA'S 2013 Projects Made Possible by Your Generous Support

  • December 2012 E-newsletter (12/20/2012)
    Thanks and Holiday Greetings from FOFA

  • October 2012 E-newsletter (10/9/2012)
    FOFA'S Board of Directors Discusses Folk Artists' Needs with Oaxaca's Governor, Lic. Gabino Cué and His Staff

  • September 2012 E-newsletter (9/14/2012)
    FOFA'S ESTEEMED FRIEND AND SPIRITED SUPPORTER Carlos Manuel Sada Solana Consul General of Mexico in New York

  • August 2012 E-newsletter (8/9/2012)
    Folk Artists and Art: Emerging Trends

  • June 2012 E-newsletter (6/20/2012)
    FOFA Volunteers Teaching Artesanos English and Computer Skills