The La Farge Foundation has a variety of engagements with individuals and organizations. Some of these are one-time efforts, and some are multi-year.
In 2016, the Foundation hosted a talk by Oaxacan textile curator Alejandro de Avila Blomberg at the Museum of International Folk Art (Santa Fe, NM, USA) in conjunction with the cochineal exhibition: The Red that Colored the World.
Repatriation / Upcycling
In 2017, Patricia La Farge's import business, Que Tenga Buena Mano, donated over 1,500 woven cotton belts and sashes (made in Guatemala) to a women's sewing collective in...Guatemala. The women of the El Salitre Women's and Children's Center in Amatitlan are using the belts and sashes to make accessories and home goods that they sell to raise funds for business reinvestment and childcare enhancements.
In 2018, the Foundation began hosting "Ofrenda Workshops" at Gerard's House, a center for grieving children, young adults, and families in Santa Fe. Working with groups of up to ten, Foundation president Sarah Heartt facilitates the creation of miniature orfrenda using materials from the family import business. Reflecting on the initial workshop with 7 -10 year olds, Gerard's House staff found that making ofrenda to honor lost loved ones was "one of the most poignant and effective activities ever undertaken in a Gerard's House program."
In 2018, the Foundation also began a collaboration with Que Tenga Buena Mano to catalog an extensive collection of Latin American textiles that will eventually transition from the business to the Foundation.
Folk Art Library
In 2018, the Foundation began a project to make a searchable catalog of its folk art library holdings available through LibraryThing. We're grateful to our 2018 Summer Intern, Iaim ("Luz") Jimenez, and long time friend and volunteer, Suzanne Eliel, for their help with this project.
The Foundation offers one to two-month internships to young adults curious about the nature and importance of Latin American Folk Art. Some internships are paid, and some are room and board only. Please direct inquires to: La Farge Foundation for Folk Art. P.O. Box 31182, Santa Fe NM 87594.
If you have an idea of how we can collaborate with you or your organization to promote understanding and appreciation of folk art, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org