Katelyn '22 Helps Artists at Santa Fe Indian Market
Over the summer, Katelyn ‘22 volunteered with Southwest Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA)—the organization which hosts the very popular Santa Fe Indian Market. This year, the market moved to a virtual format due to COVID-19 and Katelyn wanted to help the SWAIA team prepare for a successful virtual launch. The online market began on August 1 and will run through the end of the month.
The market typically brings in Native American artists from across the country, and many from New Mexico. “For many of these artists, this market was their main source of income for the year,” Katelyn explained. Because of this, she spent the summer volunteering to help the artists set up their market websites to help ensure that artists could continue to make sales. With nearly 300 Native American artists involved in the online event, this job was no small feat, and SWAIA needed as many volunteers as possible.
Katelyn worked directly with several artists through SWAIA to help with their existing website or help set up a new website. “The artists who did end up needing assistance mostly needed help connecting their PayPal, uploading images, and just a person to tell them their site looked good and ready,” she explained. “Really a lot of my job was consistently checking in with these artists via text and email and making sure they were ready by August 1 for the launch of the market.”
This was her first summer working with the Santa Fe Indian Market. “I wanted to help out with this event because I knew that it was so important to so many people, and without it, many would not get the money that they needed this year,” said Katelyn. She especially was moved to help Native American artists since the Native American population has been hit hard by COVID-19 and affected by other inequities that disproportionately impact their communities.
“What I loved about working with these artists was getting to know their stories and seeing their art,” Katelyn shared. “This was a great opportunity to not only better my online skills, but also get to partner with these artists.” One artist that especially stood out to her was Michelle Tsosie-Sisneros, who has been a part of the Santa Fe Indian Market since 1977.
The market is still open through August 31 and offers pottery, jewelry, painting, clothing, and much more. See the effort Katelyn and other volunteers put in to make the virtual market a success on the SWAIA website.