Founded in 1973, the Casa de las Artesanías (House of Crafts), nowadays known as Instituto del Artesano (Institute of the Artisan), focus on preserving and promoting traditional popular art made in the seven sociocultural regions of Michoacan. In this space there are over 15,000 craft pieces for the general public to buy.
The architecture of this place dates back to 1531, when it functioned as Franciscan chapel. Later, in 1536, the facility became a convent, and little by little artisan and Spaniard jobs lessons were imparted there for native Mexicans.
Nowadays, the Michoacan Institute of the Artisan is a public organization, decentralized from the government of the State of Michoacan, with its own legal rules and heritage.
Exhibits and Craft showcases
The Michoacan Institute of the Artisan promotes, supports and encourages Michoacan artisans to directly sell their products in over 60 exhibits and showcases in Michoacan and the rest of the country, an online through a new initiative, which will allow an expansion of the horizons of crafts sales in Michoacan.
The exhibits are made in public plazas, malls, fairs and government or public facilities. These actions have promoted craft disciplines made in the communities from Michoacan. Also, the artisans have the chance to show the great value of their knowledge and abilities, as well as the chance to encourage the desire of selling their work.
Among the more important events in Michoacan you can find the Tianguis Artesanal del Domingo de Ramos (Craft Flea Market of Domingo de Ramos), in Uruapan, and the Muestra Artesanal de Noche de Muertos in Patzcuaro (Craft showcase of Day of the Dead Night).