Proudly MaArte 2014 promises to be an outstanding intersection of arts and crafts as it brings together carefully selected pieces exquisitely designed and executed by local Filipino artisans from all over the country.
Now on its 5th year, the MaARTe Artisan Fair is an annual fundraising project of the Museum Foundation of the Philippines (MFPI) and will be staged at the Rockwell Tent on August 29-31, Friday to Sunday, from 10am to 10pm. Craft items produced by entrepreneurs, NGOs, designers and craftsmen have been meticulously selected to provide the discerning MaARTe shopper a wide array of striking items ranging from indigenous baskets and fabrics, charming home decor to elegant fashion accessories and delicate jewelry from more than 50 participants. For limited edition items from designer ateliers and museum shops, MaARTe has a special section dubbed as MaARTe Finds.
This yearly gathering of local artisans at the MaARTe Fair aims to support the creative industries, and has been a unique platform for the Museum Foundation as it continues to support the National Museum and its many activities. Dannie Alvarez, a promoter of Philippine visual arts and advocate of good designs in traditional as well as contemporary crafts, has joined the MaARTe committee as creative director. He envisions this project as a showcase for “museum-quality crafts” that will provide the visitor a unique cultural shopping experience. Over the span of 3 days, The Rockwell Tent will be the perfect playground for those who enjoy draping and surrounding themselves with beautiful, vibrant, and well-made pieces and aim to live life “may Arte”.
This year, Proscenium by Rockwell Land leads the list of its partners, together with Security Bank and Smart Infinity. Corporate foundations have joined MaArte as well in presenting their community based efforts in assisting local artisans.
The Museum Foundation of the Philippines will also include local food items under its banner, MaARTe Eats, which visitors can indulge in at the MaArte Lounge by Gree, and the MaARTe Café.
The MaArte 2014 Committee
Co-Chairpersons: Armita B. Rufino, Maritess M. Pineda,
Mercedes L. Vargas
Dindin B. Araneta, Mel Francisco, Katty Roxas-Chua Qua, Susie Quiros
Creative Director: Dannie Alvarez
Coordinator: Imelda Canuel & PAAF