SANTA FE, N.M., December 8, 2023 (Newswire.com) - The International Folk Art Market is pleased to announce that Stacey Edgar has been appointed Executive Director. IFAM’s Executive and Search Committees managed a competitive application search and interview process over several months. Edgar was selected because of her acumen and strategic vision for the organization moving forward.
“I am really excited for the folk artists because of Stacey’s background. She has deep international experience in Latin America and Africa and experience creating markets for artists. She understands the small businesses of the folk artists and the difficulties and challenges the artists experience every day at the grassroots level. It is a terrific match,” said IFAM co-founder Tom Aageson.
Stacey Edgar is an award-winning social entrepreneur, educator, researcher, and artisan business consultant with over 20 years of experience working with folk artists globally. For the past five years, Edgar has served as an assistant teaching professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, Leeds School of Business in the Social Responsibility & Sustainability Division.
“I am incredibly honored and excited for the opportunity to join the IFAM team — with its amazing founders, board, advisory board and staff — as we work together to celebrate our 20th anniversary. My goal is to partner with our global community of folk artists to expand the role and positive impact of IFAM in creating connection and opportunities for folk artists as we move into our next 20 years,” said Stacey Edgar.
In addition to Edgar’s qualifications, she has been honored by the Microsoft Corporation as a recipient of the company’s Start Something Amazing Awards, by Organic Style as one of their Women with Organic Style, and by Multichannel Merchant magazine as a “Maven of Merchandise.” Her most recent research study Artisan Social Enterprises in Zambia: Women Leveraging Purpose to Scale Impact was published last month in the Social Enterprise Journal.
For 2024, 167 artists from 51 countries have been selected for IFAM’s 20th anniversary market. IFAM is excited to welcome 41 first-time artists and a new country, Papua New Guinea, to the market. Look forward to an incredible 20th anniversary market July 11-14, 2024, at the Santa Fe Railyard Park.
Audrey N. Rubinstein
About The International Folk Art Market:
The International Folk Art Market Santa Fe is a 501(c)(3) with the mission to create economic opportunities for and with folk artists worldwide who celebrate and preserve folk art traditions. The International Folk Art Market envisions a world that values the dignity and humanity of the handmade, honors timeless cultural traditions, and supports the work of folk artists serving as entrepreneurs and catalysts for positive social change.Contact Information:
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