ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., July 25, 2009 – Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced a $30,000 grant to the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art to sponsor the 58th annual Traditional Spanish Market, held on the Santa Fe Plaza in Santa Fe, Saturday and Sunday, July 25-26. This year’s sponsorship marks the fourth year of continued sponsorship. The Spanish Market is the oldest and largest exhibition and sale of traditional Spanish colonial art in the United States - admission is free.

“This is one of the wonderful events that make Santa Fe a truly special place in America,” said Loretta Armenta, Qwest president for New Mexico. “As the presenting sponsor, this serves as another example of Qwest’s commitment to invest in New Mexico and to contribute to its success.”

More than 400 native New Mexican artists – many of them nationally recognized – exhibit and sell their handmade artwork at the Spanish Market, an event that attracts the local community, tourists and serious art collectors from around the world. A separate youth exhibition area also features the work of some 85 emerging young artists. The Market provides a unique opportunity for visitors to enjoy a taste of New Mexico’s vibrant Spanish culture – both past and present. The Spanish Market will also include continuous music, dance performances, art demonstrations and gt;

“We are very pleased to partner once again with the Qwest Communications, whose generous andements our mission to celebrate the Spanish Colonial artistic traditions of New Mexico and their continuing evolution,” said Bud Redding, director of the Spanish Market.

About the Traditional Spanish Market

In 1965 the Spanish Colonial Arts Society revived Spanish Market, which it originally had sponsored from 1926 until the mid-1930's. Held in conjunction with the annual Indian Market on the Santa Fe Plaza, it renewed the society's commitment to support the artistic growth of Hispanic artists native to New Mexico and southern Colorado and working in traditional art forms. Spanish Market remained part of Indian Market until 1972, when the event took its own place on the plaza during the last full weekend in July. A Winter Market, started by the society in 1989, will be held December 12-13, 2009 at the Santa Fe Convention Center. Today, the once-intimate Spanish Market has become the largest exhibition of traditional Hispanic Arts in the United States.

About Qwest

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Contact Information

Qwest Communications
Mark Molzen
Regional PR Manager
602.630.8224
mark.molzen@qwest.com

External Contact Information

Traditional Spanish Market     
Bud Redding
505-982-2226
bud@spanishcolonial.org