Girls Inc. of Santa Fe Takes Over Plaza, Aug. 6-7 | - August 1, 2011

"Looking for a fun and positive (and FREE) event for you and the family?"

Looking for a fun and positive (and FREE) event for you and the family?  On Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7, check out the 39th Annual Girls Inc. Arts and Crafts Show on the Plaza in downtown Santa Fe.  For those of you who are not familiar, Girls Inc. of Santa Fe is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold -- and prepare them to become successful women. They teach girls new skills, knowledge and attitudes through age-appropriate experiential, and intentional activities, providing hands-on learning in Science, Economics, Media Literacy, Nutrition, Careers and Life Planning, Health and Sexuality, Leadership and Community Action, Sports and Adventure, Self-Reliance and Life Skills, and Culture and Heritage.

Girls Inc. of Santa Fe is an affiliate of the national organization Girls Incorporated – which does research on the current and future needs of young girls, develops and tests programs, then rolls them out nationally through their local chapters.  The focus is on programming that builds self-esteem, fosters creativity and promotes critical thinking skills.  Girls Inc. of Santa Fe has been supporting local girls since 1955.

According to Alexis Brown, the director of Development and Communications for Girls Inc. of Santa Fe, the Arts and Crafts Show is the largest single fundraising event for them each year -- and draws patrons from across the country.  It is a juried show, showcasing the works of over 250 national and local artists.  You’ll be able to admire and purchase hand-made works of art -- including jewelry, fiber arts, glasswork, metal work, wood work, pottery, paintings, and photography – plus specialty foods and much more.  And one of the great features of this show is that the artists keep 100% of the money they make from sales – the support for Girls Inc. of Santa Fe comes from the proceeds of the booth rentals.

You can also take part in two other on-site fund-raising activities that weekend:  The first is an open-air market, featuring donated items from vendors in the show as well as items donated from local artisans and businesses. These will include paintings, jewelry, photography, woodwork, pottery, gift certificates, travel packages and much, much more!  Items will be marked at market value, but feel free to haggle with the Girls Inc. volunteers to get a better price!

The second fund-raiser – a raffle – will feature donated bikes, art, vacation packages, ski packages and more, that each have a value of over  $500. Tickets are $10 each, and can be purchased by calling Alexis Brown at 505-982-2042, or by visiting the information booth at the Arts and Crafts Show.

Another feature of the show will be The Kids’ Creation Station at the Plaza Bandstand, manned by the folks from Fine Art for Children and Teens, the Children’s Museum, Wise Fool NM, and others -- and will be a great place for the kids to make their own art.

At the show, The Good Water Company will provide FREE chilled water at a kiosk on the corner of Lincoln and Palace. You can help reduce plastic bottle waste by bringing your own refillable bottle.

Santa Fe Mountain Sports, who donated two bikes to the raffle, will be hosting a bike valet at the Arts and Crafts Show. So, while parking will be available each day at the Santa Fe Public parking areas, you can save some gas (and help the environment) plus avoid the stress of finding a parking spot by riding your bike to the show!

Don’t be one of those locals that avoid the Plaza during summer because of the tourist traffic – as Ms. Brown says:  “This event is a chance for locals to take back the Plaza and enjoy it!”

The 39th Annual Girls Inc. Arts and Crafts Show on the Plaza:  Saturday, August 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. featuring free admission and fun for the whole family.  For more information, or to volunteer to help out at the event (volunteers are urgently needed), please visit, or call Melissa Glick at 505-982-2042. ,

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