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, 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.