Folk Art Messenger and Website Win State and National Awards
Congratulations to the Folk Art Society of America’s Website designer, Katharine Gates in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.! The FASA Website took first prize in the 2005 National Federation of Press Women competition in the category of not-for-profit or educational site. Gates has been the Folk Art Society’s Webmaster since the site’s inception in 1996, and she continually updates and revises the material.
The FASA site averages 20,000 hits per week, and the majority of new memberships are derived from the Internet. From the start, the Website quickly became an essential tool -- not only to attract new members, but to publicize the annual conference, facilitate conference registration and serve as a permanent archive of past articles, news and other information about the Folk Art Messenger and folk art in general. Links connect the site to other publications, museums, organizations and artists.