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La Farge Foundation for Folk Art Video

La Farge Foundation for Folk Art
Folk art is a mechanism for storytelling and values transmission. To understand a community, we examine its artifacts, not just the tools of its industry, politics, and commerce, but the essential “non-essentials”, the ornaments, fetishes, and toys that reveal perspectives on matters of spirit such as rivalry, aggression, tolerance, faith, finitude, and love.

In the United States, and perhaps particularly in the Southwestern United States, where Latin American immigration is prevalent and increasing, it is in our interest as citizens to honor and assist in the preservation of Latin American cultures. This process of honoring and preserving calls for a gathering of intelligence, and we believe that much intelligence can come from thoughtful engagement with folk art and artisans.