Indian Market 2021 will take place in-person with 75% capacity

Indian Market 2021 will take place in person. After 98 consecutive in-person Indian Markets in Santa Fe, COVID-19 forced last year’s event on-line. Indian Market is the largest Native American art fair in America and one of the largest cultural events in the Southwest. It is Number 1 on my art “bucket list.”

The Southwestern Association of Indian Arts (SWAIA), the non-profit organization that produces the annual Santa Fe Indian Market, announced on April 16 that an in-person and ticketed Santa Fe Indian Market will be held on Saturday, August 21, and Sunday, August 22, 2021.

Indian Market 2021

“After last year’s pivot and presentation of a virtual Indian Market, we are excited to welcome visitors and artists back to our beloved, 99-year-old event.” SWAIA Executive Director Kim Peone said. “We will remain flexible and creative in our planning to align with COVID-safe practices in the state, but we are confident that we will produce an event that showcases the best of Native American art and delights visitors.”

SWAIA’s 2021 event will be a hybrid—combining both the new online marketplace and a smaller, curated, in-person market at 75% capacity of the 2019 event. This year’s event will be ticketed; visitors will be able to purchase a limited number of tickets to shop the market in time slots over the two-day event.

“The health and safety of our artists and the general public remain our priority and concern. We are excited to innovate safe and creative solutions and presenting the 99th Indian Market —in addition to welcoming back many beloved events like the fashion show and our live auction.”

A schedule of events and limited tickets for the 99th Santa Fe Indian Market will be released as soon as possible on the SWAIA website.  Follow us on  FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) is a non-profit organization supporting Native American arts and culture. It creates economic and cultural opportunities for Native American artists by producing and promoting the Santa Fe Indian Market, the biggest and most prestigious Indian art event in the world since 1922; cultivating excellence and innovation across traditional and non-traditional art forms; and developing programs and events that support, promote, and honor Native artists year-round.

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