At Loom,
we envision a world where

  • The traditional knowledge within communities is respected and supported, and is shared by artists and artisans.
  • Artists have access to the tools they need to be successful.
  • Support for artists nurtures their individual wellbeing and contributes to overall community resiliency.
  • Supporters and donors make sustaining investments in artists and their communities year-round.

Your investment directly supports

The Loom Investment Fund

  • Loom Artists can apply to this fund to gain support for business development,  emergency relief, or new technology, equipment, or materials here.
  • The fund grows through sustaining gifts from private foundations, sponsors, artists, and donors like you!

Capacity Building

  • Loom pays artists to host peer-to-peer workshops or learning exchanges on topics they find important for managing their Loom marketplace.
  • Artists can opt in to participate in workshops covering topics such as social media, marketing, cultural appropriation, and/or photo documentation.

Gift Economy

  • Artists pay no fees to participate in the Loom Market.
  • Artists accepted to Loom can donate a piece of artwork for an art auction to raise money for the Loom Investment Fund.

Click here to make a one-time or sustaining monthly gift.

Our Funders

Loom is a product of the Southwest Folklife Alliance Inc. (SFA), a non-profit 501c3 organization, an affiliate of the University of Arizona. Loom was launched with the generosity of McKenzie Scott and her ongoing commitment to gift economy.  Current support is provided by The Andrew Mellon Foundation, The Arizona Community Foundation: Deitrich Fund, The City of Tucson, and The Kresge Foundation. This support enables Loom to operate on the principles of gift economy, with a dedication to economic mobility for Loom traditional artists.  

To learn more about becoming a sponsor or funding partner please contact: Leia Maahs, Executive Director, SFA at or call 520-621-0714 (office) or 520-903-4275 (cell).