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FIAR Mexico 2011

FIAR México 2011 will host its first edition in Mexico City from April 5th to 10th, 2011.

FIAR will feature approximately 50 top quality international galleries from Mexico and abroad that will exhibit modern and contemporary art and design. The fair will be held at Campo Marte, a beautiful space located in the center of the city in Paseo de la Reforma, walking distance to the city´s most important museums and cultural institutions, thus creating a social-cultural corridor.

FIAR México 2011 offers a platform where established galleries and their artists can display their work along rising stars from places that have exploded into the art scene relatively recently, or are still waiting to be discovered.

The fair will count with the participation of more than 200 artists from different parts of the world and a special parallel program – urban projects (sculpture, installation, intervention) and photography exhibition in Paseo de la Reforma Boulevard - will make up a spectacular event.

It has also established sponsoring arrangements with some of Mexico’s biggest businesses as well as the Mexican Ministry of Culture and the Government of Mexico City.

For further info:

FIAR México

Zacatecas 93, 3rd floor, Col. Roma
06700, México, D.F.

Affordable Arts Fair NYC - Fall 2010

Are your walls indecently bare? Do you want to impress potential dates with your interest in cutting-edge artwork? Would you like to be one of the first people to "discover" the next international art sensation? Then you should get a ticket to the Fall Affordable Art Fair of New York City.

Due to the overwhelming popularity and record-breaking sales this past spring, the popular annual festival is holding its first New York Autumn event from September 30th through October 3rd, 2010, at 7W New York (7 West 34th Street).

Now in its 11th year, the fair has hosted events in Europe, Australia, and Asia. This will be AAF NYC's 10th art fair and more than 2,000 people are expected to attend.  

Affordable Art Fair aims to make purchasing art more accessible for first-timers, but also attracts seasoned and discriminating art collectors. Up-and-coming artists gain added exposure by being able to exhibit pieces to a huge, eager audience.

Founder Will Ramsay had a goal of making contemporary art accessible by showing you don’t need to be an art expert or a millionaire to have original works of art by living artists in your home or office.  He achieved that goal in 1999, when he launched the Affordable Art Fair (AAF) in London.  Now eleven years later, AAF has become an outstanding global contemporary art fair with events taking place in Amsterdam, Bristol, Brussels, London, Melbourne, Milan, New York, Singapore, and Sydney.  More than 700,000 people have attended Affordable Art Fairs around the world, purchasing over $170 million worth of art.

Charles Birnbaum - Courtesy of Russell/Projects The festival showcases original, contemporary fine art by living artists from around the world and sets parameters on pricing. Pieces at the Affordable Art Fair range in price from $100 to $10,000, but the festival stipulates that at least 75% of the work available must be below $5,000.

The environment encourages interaction between creators and buyers, adding an extra personal touch. To make the exchanges even more inviting, the art fair features an on-site wrapping station, delivery station, and credit card facilities.

“We’re thrilled to have the fun and accessible Affordable Art Fair New York City available in both the spring and fall,” said Judith Pineiro, Director of AAF NYC.  “We continue to encourage both art enthusiasts and novices to visit the fair and find their own personal treasure to take home, and having AAF NYC offered twice a year will allow us to bring new works of art and new galleries to our visitors more often.  This fall, we are excited to welcome a large number of first-time exhibitors, including galleries from Bulgaria, Costa Rica and the Czech Republic.”

In addition to the main exhibitor's hall, events include a private preview event as well as workshops and activities for children. New this year will be a 'live' Open Artist Studio offering a view of how an artist creates. There will also be a Free Admission Happy Hour on October 1st from 6-8 pm, when the admission fee is waived.

The event promises to be as exciting and rich a cultural experience this fall as it is every spring. Admission is $20 for general audience. Kids get in free. Discounts for students, senior citizens, and group admissions are available.  

 For more information  call 212.255.2003 or visit

Affordable Art Fair NYC
7 West New York

7 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001

Santa Fe Indian Market is the World’s Largest

The Santa Fe Plaza plays host to the most prestigious Native American arts show in the world - the annual Santa Fe Indian Market which takes place from Aug. 21-22, 2010. This one-of-a-kind event provides a unique opportunity to buy directly from Native American artists from across the country.
The Santa Fe Indian Market has long been the place where Native American art meets the world. Join thousands of collectors, artists, volunteers and visitors who return from across the United States and the world to join in the festivities that celebrate American Indian culture and artistry.
Nearly 1,200 artists will be presenting their newest and best work for sale and admiration. Experience the best of Native culture by seeing the clothing contest, tasting fry bread and other Native foods provided by our vendors, and visiting the youth participants throughout the Market.
The outdoor market provides a unique place to meet and buy directly from the nation’s top Native American artists, including youth, who represent nearly 100 tribes. Demonstrations by Native American groups and artists allow visitors a chance to learn more about different tribal and artistic traditions. A book booth sells educational and informative books with signings by Native authors, and American Indian food vendors offer delicious Native food choices for visitors.

Said Michael Cerletti, Secretary of the New Mexico Tourism Department, “Santa Fe Indian Market gives New Mexicans and their visitors a genuine cultural experience, and is an integral part of life in the Land of Enchantment. I encourage everyone to experience its wonder and enjoy the beauty of the arts created by this state’s premier residents. The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) is to be commended for its continued sponsorship.”
Activities surrounding Santa Fe Indian Market August 13-23, 2010, include:
    •    August 13 (11:30 a.m.): SWAIA introduces the 2010 Santa Fe Indian Market Week with a Business Partner's Reception, Collected Works Bookstore, 202 Galisteo St.
    •    August 13 (6 p.m.): SWAIA and Apache Skateboards present “Indian Ink” - Artists in Black & White, Legends Santa Fe, 143 Lincoln Ave.
•    Aug. 14 (4 pm): SWAIA and Collected Works present Joseph M. Marshall III, Collected Works Bookstore, 202 Galisteo St
•    Aug. 15 (2-4 pm): SWAIA & Whitehawk Antique Shows present “Scarcity and Rarity,” SFe Community Cntr, 201 W. Marcy St.
•    Aug. 16 (8:30-10:30 am): Conversation on Contemp. Native Am. Art at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, 217 Johnson St.
•    Aug. 16 ( 6:30 p.m.): Santa Fe Indian Market Classification X Award Winners Film Screening, Allan Houser Compound, 26 Haozous Road
•    Aug. 17 (8 a.m.): Breakfast with the Curators, Museum Hill Cafe
•    Aug. 17 (6 p.m.): A Special Evening with Award-Winning Author Sherman Alexie, The Lensic Performing Arts Center
•    Aug. 18 (2 p.m.): SWAIA and the Sundance Institute present “Bran Nue Dae,” a film by Rachel Perkins, The Lensic Performing Arts Center
•    Aug. 19-22 (TBA): SWAIA, NMAI and CCA present the 10th annual Native Cinema Showcase, Cathedral Park: Downtown Santa Fe
•    Aug. 19 (5:30 p.m.): SWAIA Artist Fellowship Winner's Reception, Patina Gallery 131 W. Palace Ave.
•    Aug. 19 (6 p.m.): SWAIA and Collected Works Bookstore present N. Scott Momaday and Luci Tapahonso, Collected Works Bookstore: 202 Galisteo Street
•    Aug. 19 (6 p.m.): Native Music Rocks the Plaza, Santa Fe Plaza Bandstand
•    Aug. 20 (11:30 a.m.): Best of Show Luncheon and Preview, Santa Fe Community Center, 201 W. Marcy Street.
•    Aug. 20 (3 p.m.): State of Native Arts Symposium, Santa Fe Community Center, 201 W. Marcy Street.
•    Aug. 20-21 (TBA): Native Music Rocks Concert, Hilton Hotel, 100 Sandoval Street.
•    Aug. 21 (noon-1p.m.): Allan Houser and Pov'ika Awards Presentation, Santa Fe Plaza
•    Aug. 21 (1-4 p.m.): SWAIA and Apache Skateboards Present Skateploitation!, Cathedral Park
•    Aug. 21 (5 p.m.): 2010 SWAIA Indian Market Gala Dinner and Live Auction, La Fonda on the Plaza
•    Aug. 21-22 (7 a.m.-5 p.m. both days): Santa Fe Indian Market, Santa Fe Plaza.
•    Aug. 22 (9 a.m.-noon): Native American Clothing Contest, Santa Fe Plaza
SWAIA’s mission is to be an advocate for Native American arts and cultures (particularly those in the Southwest), and create economic and cultural opportunities for Native American artists by producing and promoting the Santa Fe Indian Market as the finest Indian art event in the world; 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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Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, Inc. (SWAIA)

PO Box 969,
Santa Fe, NM 87504-0969

Ph: 505-983-5220
Fx: 505-983-7647

Games for Change Festival Advocates Serious Fun

Think games are just kid's stuff? One glimpse at the brain-trust headlining the Games for Change Festival, May 24 to 27, 2010, should reboot your mind. 
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Not since Claudius Ceasar jumped into the gladiator ring have leaders and games so converged. 

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra and Army Brig. Gen. Loree K. Sutton, Director of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, are but three of the eminences gathering in New York City to consider how computer and video games can advance education, health and social issues.

Enlightenment will also beam in from media mavens including: Law and Order: SVU Executive Producer Neal Baer, digital pioneer Alan Kay and online humorist Ze Frank.
Ze FrankThe brainchild of Games for Change, a non-profit that uses digital games to take on such issues as poverty, education, human rights, global conflict and climate change, the Festival is known as "the Sundance of video games" for the socially-responsible set.

In its seventh iteration, G4C is taking an extra day – expanding from three to four – to study the alchemy that turns gaming into educational gold. On May 27, it will debut a "Research and Design Innovation Day" to consider game mechanics and methods for studying engagement, among other aspects of game-based learning. 

Co-presented with the Games for Learning Institute, a joint research forum of eight universities and Microsoft Research, the day will be held at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. (The first three days of G4C will take place at Parsons The New School for Design.)

Also to be presented for the first time is a workshop entitled “The Power of Design: Youth Making Social Issue Games.”  Game designers, educators and foundations are among those expected to attend this day-long confab exploring games as stealth curricula. Items on the agenda include how students can play their way to mastering science, technology, engineering and math and to rallying for progressive causes.

An estimated 97% of teens engage in digital games, a vital stat behind this initiative which also seeks to involve youth in designing their own social impact games.

G4C will once again present a "Games Expo," where participants can roll up their sleeves and do some playing, themselves. Brainstorming sessions, funders' meetings, press scrums and demos will round out the Festival program.

As in the past two years, Festival curtains will rise with the "101.5 Workshop." This in-demand forum is tailored to non-profits seeking to publish social issue games.

Let the games begin. And for more info go to:

the Games for Change Festival
May 24 - 27, 2010

Theresa Lang Student Center, 2nd Floor
Parsons The New School for Design
55 West 13th St.
New York, NY

Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
251 Mercer St. Rm 109

(at Mercer and West 4th Streets
New York University
New York, NY

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