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January 2019

Voces Summer Institute: Accepting Applications

January 25May 31

Voces is a FREE month-long summer writing institute for teens (ages 15-18) presented each summer by the National Hispanic Cultural Center. The goal of the program is to cultivate a community of talented young writers by nurturing their ability to write well.  Team-building, mentoring and community service are also important elements of the institute, encouraging inspiring and supportive relationships between peers, between teen writers and professional mentors, and between Voces teens and children and the elderly. The program is free and open to all teens with an outreach emphasis on at-risk youth and/or those who would not have the opportunity to participate in an intensive summer experience. Teens can apply for Voces here with a starting date of Monday, June 3, 2019.

The Voces program is generously supported by the City of Albuquerque.

Info/Contact: valerie.martinez@state.nm.us

April 2019

National Poetry Month

April 1April 30

Join the NHCC’s History and Literary Arts program for a month of events including widely distributed pocket-size poems (in English and Spanish), poetry readings and book signings (including those associated with the Children’s Bilingual Book Festival), displays, and other events celebrating Latinx poets.  In 2019, for the 100th birthday of Walt Whitman, we will pair several Whitman poems with poems by Latinx writers, creating a “conversation” between poets who never met, but who talk to each other across time.


Mundos de Mestizaje

April 20
NHCC Torreón 1701 4th street SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102 United States

12 pm to 5 pm

A Vision of History through Fresco…

Mundos de Mestizaje by Frederico Vigil is a mural housed in the Torreón on the campus of the National Hispanic Cultural Center. This monumental fresco depicts thousands of years of Hispanic history highlighting diverse cultural connections between people and places from the Iberian Peninsula to the Americas. The 4,000 square foot painting is one of the largest frescos in North America.

The digitized imagery of the painting ensures that this culturally significant work can be a sharing and learning experience for students and families anywhere. We invite you to explore the imagery, history and complexities of the Mundos de Mestizaje mural.

Discover on your own by clicking the link HERE.
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¡Baile! Rueda de Casino (Cuban Salsa) Dance Class

April 23

6 pm to 7 pm Beginning and Intermediate – This class is geared for teenagers and adults. Come learn footwork, partner skills and choreography. No experience necessary.

7 pm to 8 pm Intermediate and Advanced – In order to participate in this class, dancers must know how to keep time, closed position calls, dame, enchufla, and outside turn.

Dance classes taught by Sarita Streng, Nick Babic, Adam “El Caballo” Metcalf, Larry Heard, and Rueda 505 Friends.

In the meantime, a fun video from Rueda Con Ritmo Dance Group who was just in Cuba Rueda con Ritmo with Jorge Luna Roque in Holguín.
Click Here.

There is no need to pre-register. Just show up in comfortable clothes ready to dance! For more information, contact elsa.menendez@state.nm.us or 505-246-2261 ext.34744
$5 – $10 per class (pay what you can)

Semana Cervantina: Lecture and Discussion “Spain and the Independence of the United States” by Tom Chavez

April 23
Wells Fargo Auditorium 1701 4th Street SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102 United States

7 pm

Organized by Instituto Cervantes Albuquerque in collaboration with the National Hispanic Cultural Center and the Spanish Resource Center to commemorate the “International Day of the Book” and the “Day of the Spanish Language.”

“Spain and the Independence of the United States” is a Lecture and discussion group. Historian Dr. Tom Chavez will discuss the making of early U.S. history from Spanish resources, the language of Cervantes.

Dr. Chavez will give a 45-minute lecture and there will be a group discussion to talk in detail about his research and further opportunities for researching in Cervantes’ language. Assistants will need to sign up for the discussion group limited to 20. Contact adx2abq@cervantes.es to register.

Book signing – bring your own book.

Free and open to the public; donations welcome

Semana Cervantina: “Flamenco Concert: Poetry as Music”

April 24
Wells Fargo Auditorium 1701 4th Street SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102 United States

7 pm

Place:  Wells Fargo Auditorium

Fernando Barros (cantaor) presents “The Metamorphics” with Tito Rios, Brian Nelson & Juan Aniceto. This concert extrapolates on Leonard Cohen’s musical compositions, along with classics, to receive the texts or poems written by Spanish authors of the past, such as Miguel de Cervantes and Federico Garcia Lorca.

Free and open to the public; donations welcome

NHCC Book Club

5:30 pm

The NHCC Book Club meets once a month to talk about that month’s selected book.
Book for April: Sudden Death (2013) by Alvaro Enrigue.

To join the NHCC Book Club, register here. NHCC Book Club members who purchase their books through Bookworks get a 10% discount on that title.

Semana Cervantina: Film: Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago

7 pm

The 500-mile Camino de Santiago is no small undertaking, yet hundreds of thousands of people embark on the journey across this rugged and photogenic landscape each year. Whatever their motivations, no one can predict just how their paths will unfold or what transformations they will undergo. Walking the Camino follows a diverse group of pilgrims, ages 3 to 73, from all over the world as they attempt to cross an entire country on foot with only a backpack, a pair of boots, and an open mind. Featuring breathtaking vistas and engaging characters, the Camino comes to life in this inspiring look at its magnetic and miraculous power to change lives. Presented in partnership with Instituto Cervantes and the Spanish Resource Center as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series.

Walking the Camino will be introduced by Antonio Caballero, director of the Spanish Resource Center at the NHCC, and the film’s director Lydia Smith, and followed by a Q& A with Lydia Smith.

2014; Lydia B. Smith; English; 84 minutes; not rated.
Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show


ABQ Philharmonic Presents a Spring Concert, “Music of the Mexicos”–RELOCATED

April 26
Albuquerque Journal Theatre 1701 4th St SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102 United States

Due to facilities issues in the Roy E. Disney Center for Performing Arts at the NHCC, this performance will not take place at the NHCC. To learn more about the new location, please visit: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LMn5Nla-jncWw4G3ohFXW6cLGMurOEpv/view

7:30 pm – 9 pm

Music director Byron Herrington conducts the Albuquerque Philharmonic in Music from Mexico, both by composers from Mexico, and North American composers whose music features material derived from Mexico. On the program is Sinfonietta Cibola: A Celebration of New Mexico, by Daniel Davis, Sones de Mariachi by Blas Galindo, El Salón México by Aaron Copland, and La Fiesta Mexicana by Owen Reed.

For more information, please call 505-433-7445 or visit www.abqphilharmonic.org. The concert is free, donations are appreciated, and children are welcome.
Free public event; donations appreciated

Photo by Carl Schroeder

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Semana Cervantina: Poesía eres tú: Children´s Poetry Contest. XIX edition & “Cuentistas 2019″ 15th edition

9 am – Poesía eres tú

1:30 am – Cuentistas 2019

It is a literary contest for New Mexico Middle and High schools students, who write about their own choice topics. There are 2 categories of participants: native Spanish speakers and non-Spanish speakers in grades 6th to 12th around the State.

Free and open to the public; donations welcome

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