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Organizers ask for help to keep arts and crafts fair going

Morgan Aguilar
March 20, 2018 06:30 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - One of New Mexico’s oldest and largest events is at risk of shutting down. The New Mexico Arts & Crafts Fair has been operating as nonprofit every summer since 1962, but fair organizers say the past few years it has been increasingly difficult to find grants and sponsorships.

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For the first time, they are asking for the community’s help to keep it going. Albuquerque artist Upton Greyshoes Ethelbah has been involved with the fair for 10 years. In 2017, he was the fair’s featured artist.

"To be honored and to take part in this particular show is definitely icing on the cake," said Ethelbah.

Ethelbah, a well-established, award-winning sculptor, he said this fair is incredibly important exposure for all artists, especially the up-and-comers.

"We have a big youth art fair,” said Ron Behrmann, Executive Director of the NM Arts & Crafts Fair. “We draw youth basically kindergarten through 12th grade."

Behrmann said without their fair, hundreds of young artists would miss out on an event that encourages them to express themselves creatively and potentially pursue a career in the arts.

Ethlebah said keeping the fair going to a 58th year and beyond is critical for the many creative storytellers in our area just like him.

"It's really, really important to art in New Mexico," said Ethlebah.

Anyone who would like to help keep the fair alive can donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/keep-nm-arts-crafts-fair-alive They have enough funding to ensure that the 57th New Mexico Arts & Crafts Fair will go on. That’s scheduled for June 22-24 at Expo New Mexico.

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