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Support of CommUNITY Learning Network during 2020 Virtual Market


Community Learning Network Mobilized Volunteers and Interns to

Help SWAIA Artists Create Websites  


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 1, 2020; Santa Fe, NM: Community Learning Network (CLN) mobilized an informal and formal network and coordinated more than 40 interns and volunteers (meet a few of them here) from a range of partner organizations including Stonehill College, Villanova University, University of Portland, University of New Mexico, and Santa Fe Community College (SFCC), as well as interns from the PROTEC (www.protecsantafe.com), hosted through SFCC Continuing Education and Contract Training program and supported by the County of Santa Fe.  

 The CLN interns and volunteers were introduced to the SWAIA juried artisand SWAIA staff, matched with artists, and then worked one-on-one with the artists by phone, text, email, and zoom to help them build and launch their website, establish and/or connect PayPal payment processing, and engage with promotions and social media opportunities.  

 CommUNITY Learning Network supported this initiative thanks to support from New Mexico TechWorks and the “1000 Website in 1000 Days” project, the TechHire working group of the Opportunity Santa Fe Birth to Career program at the Santa Fe Community Foundation, the Pueblo Connect initiative supported by the National Science Foundation, the Internet Society and Internet Society New Mexico Chapter, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos Major Subcontrators Consortium and New Mexico Community Foundation, New Mexico Gas Company, New Mexico Oil and Gas Association, Verizon, Facebook Career Connections pilot training and paid internship program with support from New Mexico Workforce Solutions, Nusenda, and the City of Santa Fe Office of Economic Development.  

 Extra special thanks and acknowledgement to Elizabeth Eppley, the AmeriCorps Vista member that worked with CommUNITY Learning Network as an Economic Development Coordinator thanks to support from the North Central New Mexico Economic Development Department.  

 Eppley did an outstanding job coordinating the volunteer efforts. She has continued to support SWAIA artists by creating weekly Facebook posts featuring the work and websites of SWAIA artists, plus she coordinated a virtual meetup with three of the artists on zoom during Global Entrepreneurship Week in November 2020 (www.gewsantafe.com)  

 For More Information about CommUNITY Learning Network, please visit: https://www.communitylearningnetwork.org



A Tremendous Start to Virtual Indian Market!

Thanks to all of YOU, Virtual Indian Market has started off with a bang! We have already received feedback that speaks to the importance of supporting artists during these uncertain times:


As a former SWAIA Board member, I must say how impressed I am by the organization’s dedication to its artists and members, especially during this challenging time. The virtual market is creative and and so important to Native American art, perpetuation of Native American culture, and truly is representative of our shared human spirit!
I wish you all safety, good health, prosperity and a successful Virtual Indian Market!

— Governor Brian Vallo, Acoma Pueblo


As a first time SWAIA Indian Market artist, I wasn’t sure initially how my work would be received. Today, the opening day of the Virtual Indian Market 2020, I have sold three sculptures and two drawings. It is so gratifying to know that people appreciate the work, and even more so that I can be a part of the amazing Indian Market community. During the time of COVID-19 it is a blessing to be able to focus my energies not on fear and anxiety but rather on creating things that make the world a more beautiful place.”

— Joshua Hinson, Participating Artist


SWAIA Launches Global Native American Art Marketplace With Help From the Clark Hulings Fund & Artspan

©Gabriella Marks Photo

SANTA FE, N.M., June 29, 2020 (Newswire.com) –​​​​​​The Southwestern Association for Indian Art (SWAIA) is pleased to announce additional details about their partnership with the Clark Hulings Fund, which will launch the 2020 Virtual Indian Market on Aug. 1, 2020, while providing business training and support to Native artists. A further collaboration with Artspan.com is producing e-commerce websites and a global marketplace where visitors can easily find, experience and acquire the world’s best Native American art. 

The Clark Hulings Fund (CHF) has arranged for SWAIA to work with a third partner, Artspan, to provide websites to SWAIA artists throughout the U.S. and Canada. The CHF will deliver hands-on training to the artists, not only to help create top-notch e-commerce sites but also to teach digital sales and marketing strategies and how to employ them effectively. 

Artspan is currently working with SWAIA and the Clark Hulings Fund to create websites for SWAIA artists throughout the U.S. and Canada. These individual artist websites will be integrated into a central Native American Art Marketplace opening August 1. 

Artspan was the first website company to focus on artists, artisans and photographers. It will provide Native American artists with individual websites. The artwork on the sites will provide the inventory for an Art Marketplace which will stand in for the Santa Fe Indian Market. 

The cancellation of this year’s physical Santa Fe Indian Market, the most important juried Native art market to both artists and collectors, will now be accessible virtually year-round at the Artspan SWAIA Marketplace. Buyers will be able to purchase artworks directly from an artist’s website and through the Native American Art Marketplace— and artists will have a robust set of tools and platforms with which to run their businesses online. 

Virtual Indian Market will be live at swaia.org from August 1 through August 31—offering engaging programming and fan favorites like the Native American Clothing Contest, and a re-imagined awards program. Individual artist websites will be live for one year, with the option for artists to renew the e-commerce sites to market and sell work. 

“SWAIA’s goals are both immediate and long-term,” says Executive Director Kim Peone (Colville Confederated Tribes / Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians).  “Our first objective is to launch a solution-based platform to meet the economic needs of our artists. Longer-term goals will position SWAIA as a technology leader and innovator, able to offer increased services and support to Native artists.” 

For virtual market updates, events and a growing list of participating artists, please visit: www.swaia.org. 

MEDIA CONTACT: Audrey Rubinstein | 505-490-5029

About SWAIA: The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) is a non-profit organization supporting Native American arts and culture. It creates economic and cultural opportunities for Native American artists by producing and promoting the Santa Fe Indian Market, the biggest and most prestigious Indian art event in the world since 1922. www.swaia.org



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Richard Aguilar

Avery Aguilar

Robert Albert

Renee Allen

Marla Allison

Carlon Ami

Ephraim Anderson

Quinton Antone

Venancio Aragon

Irveta Aragon

Allen Aragon

Le’Ana Asher

Francisco Bailon

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Carlin Bear Don’t Walk

Nanibaa Beck

Victor Beck, Sr.

Berdine Begay

Erick Begay

Eddie Begay

Darryl Begay

Frederick Begay Jr

Marwin Begaye

Roberta Begaye

Daryl Begaye

Esther Belin

Veronica Benally

Ernest Benally

Tina Benavente

George Bennett

Donna Bennett

Lester Berryhill

Wayne Beyale

Christian Bigwater

Michael Billie

Jolene Bird

Dante Biss Grayson

Leslie Bitsie, Jr.

James Black

Beverly Blacksheep

Galen LaRoche

Lee Bowers

Albert Bowie

Debra Box

Karen Box Anderson

Shirley Brauker

Paris Bread

Jackie Bread

Aaron Brokeshoulder

Randall Brokeshoulder

Jerry Brown

Jason Brown

Nocona Burgess

Althea Cajero

Joe Jr. Cajero

Aaron Cajero

Teri Cajero

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Joseph Calabaza

Ca’Win Jimmy Calabaza

Valerie Calabaza

Valerie F. Calabaza

Estefanita Calabaza

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Henry Calladitto

Myles Calladitto

Terrence Campbell

Hubert Candelario

Caroline Carpio

Franklin Carrillo

Pauli Carroll

Berdina Charley

Avis Charley

Matthew Charley

Richard Charlie

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LeJeune Chavez

Joseph Chavez

Julian Chavez

Dana Chavez

Edward Chavez

Lisa Chavez-Thomas

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Raymond Chee

Darance Chimerica

Randy Chitto

Kelly Church

Donn Clark

Carl Clark

Karen Clarkson

Lola Cody

Calandra Cook

Rudy Coriz

Prudy Correa

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Osavio Crespin

Juanica Crespin

Mariah Cuch

Edison Cummings

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Ira Custer

Cheyenne Custer

David Jr. Dalasohya

Dawn Dark Mountain

Randolph David

Alexa Rae Day

James Day

Shawn Deel

Leslie Deer

Anthony Deiter

Marian Denipah

Carlos Dougi

Ishkoten Dougi

Preston Duwyenie

Debra Duwyenie

Mary Lynn Duwyenie

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Max Early

Dominic East

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Sheryl Edaakie

Dee Edaakie

Don Edd

Cedar Elford-White

Michael Elizondo

Carol Emarthle-Douglas

Anthony Emerson

Terrance Emery Jr

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Gloria Fain

Ruth Fallon

Tom Farris

James Fendenheim

Erik Fender

Mark Fischer

Sean Rising Sun Flanagan

Cindy Fowler

Cliff Fragua

Juanita Fragua

Jeremy Frey

Ganessa Frey

Gabriel Frey

Marvin Gabaldon

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Aaron Garcia

Michael Garcia

Neeko Garcia

Nelson Garcia

Anthony Gatewood

Leonard Gene

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Tyler Glasses

Ronni-leigh Goeman

Sophia Good

Lauren Good Day

Raymond Goodluck

Regnar Greenstone Jr

Brent Greenwood

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Ken Harris

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Jimmie Harrison

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Yonavea Hawkins

Tyrone Headman

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Shane Hendren

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KarenLyne Hill

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Ronald Honyumptewa

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Cole Jacobson

Dalton James

Elizabeth James-Perry

Clement Janis

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Damian Jim

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Larry Joe

Amelia Joe-Chandler

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James Johnson

Peter Johnson

Kenneth Johnson

Norvin Johnson

Robert Johnson

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Heather Johnston

Deborah Jojola

Anthony Jojola

Topaz Jones

Micqaela Jones Crouch

Melvin Juanico

Randy Kemp

Rykelle Kemp

Georgia Kieyoomia

Elizabeth Kirk

Michael Kirk

Rebecca Knudsen

Royce Kohlmeyer

Isaak Kohlmeyer

Anderson Koinva

Cynthia Kuck

Dawn Kulberg

Raynard Lalo

Steve LaRance

Terran Last Gun

Brent Learned

Albert Lee

Kyle Lee-Anderson

Trent Lee-Anderson

Wyatt Lee-Anderson

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George Levi

Joyce Lewis

Melissa Lewis-Barnes

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David Lister

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Merlin Little Thunder

Nadiya Littlewarrior

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Gerald Lomaventema

jonathan loretto

Glenda Loretto

Estella Loretto

Laverne Loretto-Tosa

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Carol Lujan

Deborah Lujan

Ira Lujan

Sheridan MacKnight

Leith Mahkewa

Duane Maktima

Robert Marcus

Andy Marion

Bobby Martin

Robert Martinez

Dustin Mater

Stephen McCullough

Glenda McKay

Lucy Cecelia McKelvey

Jonathan McKinney

Bill Mendoza

Edwin Mighell

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Robert Mills

Sam Minkler

Toney Mitchell

Reggie Mitchell

Katrina Mitten

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Jacob Morgan

Ramona Morrow

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Morris Muskett

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Madeline Naranjo

Bernice Naranjo

Johnathan Naranjo

Sharon Naranjo Garcia

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Albert Nells

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Ben Nelson, Jr.

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DeAnna Nez

Rhiannon Nez

Sidney Nez Jr.

Raymond Nordwall

Elias NotAfraid

Shelden Nunez-Velarde

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Isaiah Ortiz

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ricky padilla

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Summer Peters

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Michael Rogers

Jeff Roller

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Cara Romero

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Teresa Ryan

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Alex Sanchez

Kateri Sanchez

Charlene Sanchez Reano

Cody Sanderson

Karen Savage-blue

Rain Scott

Raynard Scott-Táá’iitsohíí

Lyle Secatero

Theresa Secord

Raymond Sequaptewa Sr.

Tyra Shackleford

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Marcus Slim

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Laurie Steelink

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Priscilla Tacheney

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Lorenzo Tafoya

Mary Tafoya

Kevin Tafoya

Linda Tafoya-Sanchez

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Thomas Tapia

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Thomas Tenorio

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Tracy Tohannie

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Joe Toledo

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Maxine Toya

George Toya

Camilla Toya

Michael Toya, Jr

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Loren Tsalabutie

Olin Tsingine

Jared Tso

James Tsoodle

Malachi Tsoodle-Nelson

Darrick Tsosie

Leonard Tsosie

Emily Tsosie

Nelson Tsosie

Everton Tsosie

Michelle Tsosie Sisneros

Jane Umsted

Daniel Vallo

Carson Vicenti

Piki Wadsworth

Karin Walkingstick

Kathleen Wall

Adrian Wall

Denise Wallace

Shondinii Walters

Roy Walters Jr

Deana Ward

Dana Warrington

Robin Waynee

Bryan Waytula

Manuel Weahkee

Jodi Webster

Jason Wesaw

Kenneth White

Baje Whitethorne Sr

Wesley Willie

JT Willie

Holly Wilson

Kwani Winder

Daniel Worcester

Peterson Yazzie

Larry Yazzie

Tim Yazzie

Lance Yazzie

Justin Yazzie

Venaya Yazzie

Alvin Yellowhorse

Alvina Yepa

Holly Young

Chris Youngblood

Nancy Youngblood



Kim Peone will be the first Native American woman in SWAIA’s history to serve as Executive Director

After a nationwide search, SWAIA’s Board of Directors is proud to announce the selection of Kim Peone as its new Executive Director. Peone is an enrolled member of the Colville Confederated Tribes of Washington and currently resides in Santa Fe.

“The Board is excited by the impressive background Peone brings to SWAIA to lead Indian Market through our Centennial year (2022) and into the next century. Peone’s 30 years of experience in Indian Country, astute business and financial background, as well as great managerial and leadership skills were a perfect fit for SWAIA’s needs going forward,” said Board Chair Tom Teegarden.

Peone’s father Richard (Eastern Band of Cherokee), and mother Annabelle (Colville Confederated Tribes), met while attending the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, and started a family. Peone was born in Santa Fe— a city known as an American Indian art mecca.

Kim Peone’s career has taken her across Indian Country from coast to coast, serving tribes and tribal entities in numerous professional capacities. Most recently, Peone was the CEO/CFO of an extremely successful tribal corporation in Washington State. Her full circle journey has led her back to Santa Fe to pursue professional opportunities. Her expertise is building accountable, sustainable, and disciplined Native organizations that exceed expectations of key stakeholders.

The Board has an ambitious vision for the future of SWAIA, building on past successes and taking the organization to new levels of impact that benefit Native artists. Part of SWAIA’s mission is to form solid partnerships to ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization; this aligns with Peone’s leadership philosophy.

“It was a tough decision to postpone the 99th Indian Market this year in the wake of COVID 19, especially given the economic impact on our artists and the event’s $165 million-dollar impact on the economy of northern New Mexico,” said Traci Rabbit, artist and Board member. “We must move forward, and I am confident Kim’s background and abilities will successfully lead SWAIA into the future. There are many challenges ahead for organizations like SWAIA, and the Board is committed to ensure that its legacy and influence will not only withstand those challenges, but emerge stronger.”


MEDIA CONTACT: Amanda Crocker