rich Hispanic culture of Northern New Mexico is celebrated at
Santa Fe's Annual Spanish Market. The event was sponsored by the
Spanish Colonial Arts Society (SCAS) from from 1926 through the
mid-1930's, afterwhich it was became a combined event with the
Santa Fe Indian Market. In 1965 the SCAS once again sponsored
the event, renewing their commitment to support the artistic growth
of Hispanic artists native to New Mexico and southern Colorado
however it was not until 1972 that the Spanish Market once again
became it's own separate event. The once-intimate Spanish Market
has now become the largest exhibition and sale of traditional
Spanish Colonial Artforms and Hispanic Arts in the United States
with over 250 native New Mexican artists many of them nationally
recognized exhibiting and selling their handmade artwork.
(A smaller Winter Market, held each December, was started by the
SCAS in 1989.)
Spanish Market attracts both the local community and serious collectors
from around the world. It is a colorful festival, featuring traditional
art, music, dance performances, demonstrations, pageantry and
regional food. The SCAS honors artistic excellence by purchasing
outstanding works of art for its collection and by awarding prizes.
Its grand prize, first prize and other special awards recognize
distinctive skill and innovation in various media. These awards,
funded by the SCAS and private contributions, are determined each
year by a private panel of judges.
is a once a year opportunity for visitors to enjoy a taste of
New Mexicos vibrant Spanish culture, both past and present.
highly recommend making hotel reservations far in advance during
Indian Market Week as many hotels are booked in advance!