The annual meeting of the Native American Artisans Portal Program is taking place on Monday, October 25th from 8:30 – 1pm. The meeting will take place at the New Mexico History Museum.
Please note that proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test are required in order to attend, as is the wearing of masks.
Meeting Agenda 8:30 Begin registration (Committee members & coordinator) 9:00 Call the meeting to order (Chair) Opening prayer Welcome & comments by Chair Welcome & comments by Director Review purpose of the meeting and the agenda 9:15 Nominations for the Portal Committee (Director) Finalize ballot Verify that requirements for tribal/pueblo composition can be met Send ballot to be printed 10:00 Proposals for rule changes (Presentation by the Committee) 10:30 Election of the Portal Committee Distribute, collect, and count ballots The tally can be done outside the meeting while other business is being done 10:45 Break 11:00 Discussion & vote on proposed rule changes 11:30 Announcement of Committee members Election of Committee Officers (by raised hands) 12:00 Open discussion (new Chair) 12:45 Comments by outgoing Chair Comments by incoming Chair Comments by Director Closing prayer Adjourn
The program has been closed since March 12, 2020 as a result of the Covid pandemic. A reopening plan has been crafted in accordance with state public health orders and Covid-safe practices. Protecting the health of artisans and the public is a primary concern of the museum and the Department of Cultural Affairs.
All vendors will wear masks and will be separated from one another by at least six feet. To adjust for the increased spacing, vendors will be selling along Washington and Lincoln Avenues, as well as under the portal. Pedestrian traffic under the portal will be one-way, from west to east. Customers are encouraged to comply with state law regarding mask wearing. The Portal opens at 10:00 every day and closes at 3:00 although vendors may stay later.
Like other artist markets, fairs, and festivals, the Native American vendor program (Portal Program) at the New Mexico History Museum remains closed in accordance with the current Public Health Order (PHO). The New Mexico History Museum understands that this closure has had a significant economic impact on program participants and their families. We also recognize that many visitors look forward to meeting Native vendors on the Portal and buying their work as part of their Santa Fe experience. The Portal Program will resume as soon as reopening is authorized.
Thank you for your patience and support of COVID Safe Practices.
Want to get in on the ground floor of collecting from a future Native arts star? On July 4 and 5, the Young Native Artists Show & Sale returns to the Palace Courtyard, from 9 am to 4 pm. Children and grandchildren of artists who belong to the Native American Artisans Program will show off their latest works of art, learn a few tricks of the customer-service trade, and possibly launch a career.
Alvin Van Fleet knows. He was once of the kids selling in the twice-a-year shows. Now he makes silver and copper jewelry that he sells under the Palace Portal. He believes so strongly in this event that he’s helping to organize it even though he doesn’t have children of his own to participate in it.
“The children’s show helps the kids learn how to deal with money and how to continue the tradition their parents are continuing—beadwork, silverwork, pottery,” he said. “That’s how the next generation learns.”