Carmella Padilla

Author of The Work of Art: Folk Artists in the 21st Century

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The Work of Art examines the role of folk artists in the twenty-first century, recognizing their power as creative and socially responsible champions for global change, connection, and cultural sustainability. Through interviews with folk artists from Mali to Madagascar to Cuba, Peru, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and beyond, Padilla introduces us to individuals and communities who are using their handmade traditions to overcome poverty, gender inequity, environmental degradation, ethnic conflict, and limited opportunities for political, educational, and social advancement. We also hear from influential folk art advocates and entrepreneurs on how to create a viable international folk art marketplace and involve modern consumers in maintaining the world’s living traditions and the cultures they represent.

Carmella Padilla, who contributes her Santa Fe Stories to SFAOL.COM, is a native Santa Fean. A prominent freelance writer, she has written extensively about Hispanic art and culture in Northern New Mexico. Her work has been published in newspapers and magazines nationwide, including the Wall Street Journal, the Dallas Morning News and Latina, Hispanic, Vista, Travel Holiday, El Palacio and New Mexico magazines. She is the author of Low n’ Slow, Chile Chronicles, and El Rancho de Las Golondrinas.

Padilla was editor of the Spanish Market Magazine from 1992 to 1999, and was a columnist for the weekly Santa Fe Reporter from 1993 to 1998. In 1996, her writing was honored with the Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Literary Arts by the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission.

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