City councilor says museum program hurts local artisans

City Councilor Miguel Chavez says he is concerned that local artisans are not benefiting from the Museum of New Mexico Foundation's licensing program. Full Story

Since: Nov 08

northern New Mexico

#1 Nov 11, 2008
There should be a program similar to the Made in Alaska and Silver Hand. Small NM businesses could certainly partner with larger ones, if need be, but authentic NM made items are best.
http://13c4.wordpress.com/2006/03/13/authenti... AUTHENTIC ALASKAN ARTS AND CRAFTS
Mike Smith

Littleton, CO

#2 Nov 12, 2008
How does councilor Chavez get to sell his furniture in the City owned convention center gallery?
Protectionism

Albuquerque, NM

#3 Nov 12, 2008
This councilor is using his position to protect his craft. It is no different than Ford or GM asking the government to stop selling foreign cars on our soil. It'll backfire because it will not work for anyone. But mostly, why is this guy, an elected official, using his position to protect his trade? If he gets this done, then what will stop other local businesses from seeking the same type of protectionist benefit?
Santa Fean

Santa Fe, NM

#4 Nov 12, 2008
I understand the councilor's point as well as the foundation's. It sounds like a goal should be an expansion of the of the "New Mexico Creates" program either through sales events on Milner Plaza or catalog or web links to artists participating in the program. A distiction and emphasis should be drawn in marketing between licensee manufacturers and the custom work of contemporary craftsman.

The personal attacks are unnecessary and the anti-protections argument are off-base.

cliff

Santa Fe, NM

#5 Nov 12, 2008
Councilor Chavez is right on. The Museum system and some local businesses are more favorable to products produced elsewhere. The reason is price. Locally made items are usually more expensive to make than items made in China. When given the choice between authenticity (a signed statement of materials and process, tradition and provenance)or price, the museum and some businesses will go with the lower cost.
benny

Fairport, NY

#6 Nov 12, 2008
Although the article and most people know Chavez is a woodworker, doesnt it seem like a conflict of interest or abuse of position to try to get the state to follow city policy to benefit the class of people (local artisans) that he is part of? When did the city get to tell the state what to do? When city councilors start taking city staff time to negotiate something they have no authority over, then they should resign because they are wasting taxpayers dollars.
cliff

Santa Fe, NM

#7 Nov 12, 2008
Benny are you or a friend running for city council?
For your information, Benny, the artists of this city are also citizens of this state and are therefor using, not "wasting" they're own tax dollars. Que no?
arnulfo

Lubbock, TX

#8 Nov 12, 2008
its the abuse of the office and its nothe first time. Each councilor liket to get his cut, its the american way.
Mitch

Santa Fe, NM

#9 Nov 12, 2008
Councilor is advocating for a valid constituency in this community - artisans. He has always been an advocate for them. His advocacy is in alignment with what has been a clear policy of the city - support and advocate for the local economy (vs. the Walmart's of the world). It is especially important in these days of national financial meltdown that we support our local economy and keep money in town ... ooops- is that 'protectionism'? Maybe taking care of ourselves as a community is a value we should strive for.
Gloria Mendoza

Albuquerque, NM

#10 Nov 12, 2008
According to the Community Plan for the Railyard, which was shoved away somewhere, there were to be small business spaces for local artisans. Instead they bring in REI. Chavez should have fought for the local artisans to get all the space at the Railyard. An enclosed market for local artisans should have been built at the Railyard instead of all those massive buildings that will probably land up to corporate businesses. You can thank the city of Santa Fe for selling us out and accepting another master plan.
John Connor

Conroe, TX

#11 Nov 12, 2008
This is the age old argument in NM and now the auto industry. We want to stay local and do the right thing but it never ends up being the profitable or correct business decision.

Perhaps Congress can pass a bail out for Mr. Chavez and the Museum to support unprofitable local artist.
Protectionism

Rio Rancho, NM

#12 Nov 12, 2008
Mitch wrote:
Councilor is advocating for a valid constituency in this community - artisans. He has always been an advocate for them. His advocacy is in alignment with what has been a clear policy of the city - support and advocate for the local economy (vs. the Walmart's of the world). It is especially important in these days of national financial meltdown that we support our local economy and keep money in town ... ooops- is that 'protectionism'? Maybe taking care of ourselves as a community is a value we should strive for.
Mitch, if Chazez and other local artists can't make it on their own talent....too bad. By the way, like most normal Santa Fean's, I have not bought a piece of art (local or other) EVER. I also don't shop at the Farmer's Market since I was charged, get this,$8 for a bag of lettuce! I do however, shop on a regular basis at Walmart (sorry) and Albertsons and Target. Why? Because when I need a T.V. stand, I can't afford a table built by Chavez for $1,300 but I can afford an nice one from Target for $150.
As for him being in 'alignment' with the policy of the city, I disagree. That is the agenda of a small but vocal group of folks who want to live in some sort of utopia that does not, and will never, exist. Heck, if these people had their way, everyone would be growing their own food, we would all be taking care of each other's kids and we would be reading poetry and studying philosophy (Marxism) with a glass of red wine for fun and work. You need to understand, many of us choose Walmart and don't want others like you to tell us where we should shop and why.
Miguel L

Santa Fe, NM

#13 Nov 12, 2008
Gloria Mendoza wrote:
According to the Community Plan for the Railyard, which was shoved away somewhere, there were to be small business spaces for local artisans. Instead they bring in REI. Chavez should have fought for the local artisans to get all the space at the Railyard. An enclosed market for local artisans should have been built at the Railyard instead of all those massive buildings that will probably land up to corporate businesses. You can thank the city of Santa Fe for selling us out and accepting another master plan.
Yeah Gloria! You go sister! We need more Local Business like WAL-MART SUPER STORES.
george

Santa Fe, NM

#14 Nov 12, 2008
Protectionism wrote:
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... like most normal Santa Fean's, I have not bought a piece of art (local or other) EVER.
Are you for real?
Gloria Mendoza

Albuquerque, NM

#15 Nov 13, 2008
Believe me, before the economy is back into place, all those who opposed a Super Wal-Mart will be shopping there incognito! Of course, they will continue to shop at REI when there is a sale.

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