FOFA'S FANTASTIC PARTNER, STATE MUSEUM OF POPULAR ART OAXACA, MEAPO & laquo; Friends of Oaxacan Folk Art

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FOFA is proud to have developed an outstanding partnership with the State Museum of Popular Art of Oaxaca (Oaxaca State Museum of Popular Art, MEAPO). Located in the municipality of San Bartolo Coyotepec just south of the city of Oaxaca, it is a small museum showcasing the state's many beautiful handicraft and folk art traditions, including black pottery, wood carvings, jewelry, weavings and tin work. The museum is not only dedicated to preserving traditional folk art, but also bringing attention to the artists and their families. MEAPO is able to achieve this through its extensive permanent collection, on-line cyber museum, and events such as folk art markets, temporary exhibits, and conferences.

MEAPO officially opened in 2004, the culmination of an idea nearly 100 years old. In 1905, Manuel Guzman, a resident of San Bartolo, donated a plot of land and a collection of books to create a cultural center. Instead the donation was used to build a school. Many years later, in 1994, the Indigenous Council of the Village organized a group of young people to promote and disseminate cultural information about San Bartolo and its famous black pottery by creating a museum or cultural center. >

The museum officially opened in 1996 with an impressive collection - the result of a folk art contest in conjunction with Crafts and Popular Industries of the State of Oaxaca (ARIPO), to whom the collection actually belonged. Throughout the next years, the museum struggled financially, but nevertheless produced outstanding exhibitions, including "Great Masters of the Oaxacan Folk Art" and "History and Evolution of Black Ceramics" )

FOFA'S FANTASTIC PARTNER, STATE MUSEUM OF POPULAR ART OAXACA, MEAPO & laquo; Friends of Oaxacan Folk Art

By 2000, a different space - originally requested by professors for the educational institution, CEBETIS - was granted by the Municipal President for a period of 18 months. The state government (on behalf of the Oaxacan Cultural Institute) signed an agreement with the Commissariat of Communal Well-Being to loan the property for the museum as a community gathering space. This is the present home of MEAPO.

In 2002 the state government agreed to fund construction of the museum and its maintenance. Officially opened in 2004, it was intended to be a cultural center for regional folk art, with the mission of promoting, disseminating, and fostering the different artistic works and pre-Hispanic techniques inherited from their ancestors.

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FOFA is also delighted to have shared sponsorship with MEAPO of folk art markets that assist artisans in selling their unique works of folk art.

Carlomagno Pedro Martínez articulately underscores the cherished objectives of FOFA and MEAPO's five-year-long collaboration:

"We witness the preservation of the magic of Oaxaca in the beautiful objects that come from the region's innately creative and indigenous hands. Popular art is the form of human expression that separates us from lower forms of life. A town that honors, supports, and recognizes its artists is a people that has a great future. In Oaxaca, we are fortunate to be able to count on the artistic expression of many peoples; it is common to the flow of daily life in markets, in homes-everywhere. To see everyday materials such as clay, wool and cotton thread, tin, paper, bamboo, wood, and the like transformed into a statement of real beauty alters the senses, and leads us to experience the most moving human sentiments. It is essential that we stimulate young people to develop their creative potential, as well as to be conservators who transmit their heritage from generation to generation. "

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