EVFAC was founded in 1995 by a small group of weavers who learned that there were many families in the area who had inherited looms but who had little knowledge of the techniques and heritage of Northern New Mexico textiles practiced by their grandparents. With donated looms and space in a local church, the group began to teach weaving. As it increased in size and started offering classes, the group moved to rented space in Española, hired a manager, and formally opened its doors for business in October 1996.
The Center soon became a source of supplies and tools for local weavers. The group incorporated and became a nonprofit Membership organization with 501(c)(3) status on September 17th, 1997, and defined its mission: to preserve and promote the rich textile heritage of Northern New Mexico by providing learning and teaching experiences for all ages and backgrounds, and by providing encouragement and training towards economic sustainability in the Fiber Arts. By promoting Members’ work in the Enchanted Gallery and Member-driven local sales shows and exhibitions, the Center gained credibility and began featuring nationally and internationally recognized instructors. A most important milestone in the growth of the organization was the purchase and restoration of the building it occupies today.
In working closely with the community, EVFAC leadership became involved with the New Mexico Arts Division in the development of the Fiber Arts Trails and subsequently the New Mexico Fiber Artisans, both important resources that showcase the creative work produced by fiber artists across New Mexico. Most recently overcoming changes in leadership and the economic downturn, EVFAC is identifying the appropriate building blocks for its future growth. As we near the completion of our second decade we recognize community needs, institutional support and funding opportunities.