Los Amigos del Arte Popular (LADAP) is an international, not-for-proit organization comprised of collectors, dealers and afcionados of the folk arts of Mexico. The skills needed to assure continuation of these arts are in danger of disappearing unless something can be done to assure that artisans have markets for their creations and training for people to replace the old maestros. LADAP was started for two primary reasons: to help support the continuing existence of the folk arts of Mexico, and to promote these arts by fostering an appreciative audience interested in buying these exciting creations.

•       LADAP raises funds from membership dues and from fees on custom travel where members can learn about and
collect folk art. These trips explore the diverse foods, culture and arts of Mexico, and highlight artisanal expositions in the United States. We invite you to become a member of LADAP. Travel with us to see museums, private art collections in homes and estates, and works being created in artists’ studios and villages.

•       LADAP also identifies the artisanal needs of groups and organizations and then provides these organizations,
assisting the artists, with grants to help address these needs. We also give awards to individuals and institutions involved with promoting and preserving Mexican folk arts.

Tour bus
Women in colorful dresses

In the cafe

folk artist

Featured Folk Art

View profiles of folk artists in our Artisans Subtab under the “Resources” tab (click on library picture immediately above and to the right). Mexican folk art runs the gamut of media from textiles to ceramics to jewelry and metals to paper mache to glass to wood to painting, and more. Find the people creating some of the best work today, as well as read about some of the great artists of the past.


Attention Dealers of Mexican Folk Art

Members who are dealers are gladly linked to our site upon request and highlighted in our newsletter upon submission of an article. The “Links” tab above will take you to a list of the retail websites of our members.

Los Amigos del Arte Popular, (EIN 2000221519), 110 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024
Donations are greatly appreciated.

Logo design: Thanks to Greg Kain of Creative Juicez (gk@creativejuicez.com)

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