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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

March 2019

¡Baile! Rueda de Casino (Cuban Salsa) Dance Class

March 26

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)

Revolutions International Theatre Festival: Where Did We Sit On The Bus?

March 27March 29
Wells Fargo Auditorium 1701 4th Street SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102 United States

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Friday, March 29, 2019
7 pm on Wednesday & 8 pm on Friday

Produced by Tricklock Company, the Revolutions International Theatre Festival welcomes performance companies from all over the globe to perform and connect across cultures and communities. For the 19th annual festival, Tricklock and the NHCC present Where Did We Sit On The Bus?.

Where Did We Sit on the Bus? is an electric one-man show pulsing with Latin rhythms, rap, hip-hop, spoken word, and live looping. During a third grade lesson on the Civil Rights movement and Rosa Parks, a Latino boy raises his hand to ask, “Where did we sit on the bus?” and his teacher can’t answer the question. This thrilling autobiographical production examines what it means to be Latino through the eyes of a child, turned teenager, turned adult.

Tickets: $15-$27

Thank you to our Performing Arts Season Sponsors Heritage Hotels and Resorts, the Albuquerque Journal and Southwest Airlines!

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Revolutions International Theatre Festival: Migrant Songs

March 28March 29

Thursday, March 28, 2019
Friday, March 29, 2019
7:15 pm both days

Produced by Tricklock Company, the Revolutions International Theatre Festival welcomes performance companies from all over the globe to perform and connect across cultures and communities. For the 19th annual festival, Tricklock and the NHCC present Migrant Songs.

Migrant Songs is a choral performance art piece that combines stories and songs from human and non-human migrants. This experimental visual and sound performance incorporates interviews with migrants living in the city of Albuquerque who come from many parts of the world, including Mexico, Cuba, El Salvador, Costa Rica, The Philippines, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Palestine, and Vietnam, to name a few. These stories of human migration are woven together with bird songs from the Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico to explore how we think about migration, our sense of home and dislocation, as well as the biological role of song in both humans and non-humans.
Free and open to the public 

Thank you to our Performing Arts Season Sponsors Heritage Hotels and Resorts, the Albuquerque Journal and Southwest Airlines! And a special thank you to the Mexican Consulate in Albuquerque for their support of this show!

NHCC Book Club

5:30 pm

The NHCC Book Club meets once a month to talk about that month’s selected book.
Book for March: The Neighborhood (2016) by Mario Vargas Llosa.

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.

26th Annual César Chávez Day March & Fiesta

March 30

March—10:30 am
Fiesta—12 noon-3:30 pm

Civil rights and labor leader César Chávez was born on March 31, 1927 in Yuma, AZ. Every year since his untimely death in 1993, the Recuerda a César Chávez Committee has commemorated the birth of this humble civil rights leader by marching in his honor and celebrating his life with music, dancing, poetry and enjoyable, culturally enriched activities for children. Our event is designed to educate the entire family about César Chávez and the farm worker movement. The Recuerda a César Chávez Committee is made up of organizations and individual volunteers who want to see Chávez’s legacy of peaceful activism continue for generations to come. Our mission is to educate our youth and communities about the legacy, life and work of this great civil rights leader—César Chávez.
Free public event


Mundos de Mestizaje

March 30March 31
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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Barelas Stories: Four Workshops

10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Residents of Barelas are invited to a series of workshops that will result in a trilogy of plays about the neighborhood. The dates are March 9, 16, 23 and 30.  Do you have stories, images, characters or incidents about the neighborhood that you’d like to see in a play? In this series of four sessions we will play with words and techniques that reveal our stories and our styles. The workshops will culminate with a public sharing of stories, anecdotes and scenes at the NHCC.  Workshops will be led by Barelas residents/playwrights Leonard Madrid, Raúl Garza and Mónica Sánchez. Presented by the NHCC in partnership with Artful Life.   Register here.

Raul Garza is a playwright who tells stories that resound with culture identity and sense of place. His full-length play Fantasmaville received the National Latino Playwriting Award. When not writing, Raul explores kundalini yoga, devours pop culture, and travels beyond his means.

Leonard Madrid is an Albuquerque area theatre maker. He has been awarded the Kennedy Center’s Latinx award for playwriting three times.

Mónica Sánchez has followed her bliss towards a life in the theatre and the theatre of life. She has been a professional theatre maker for the last three decades and happily resides in Barelas. dramatista.com

FREE and open to residents of Barelas

Opera Southwest Presents Wagner’s Lohengrin–RELOCATED

March 31April 7
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 dates and location, please visit https://www.operasouthwest.org/operas/lohengrin

Opera Southwest presents Wagner’s Lohengrin, a fully staged opera with orchestra, sung in German with English translation supertitles and presented in three acts with two intermissions. This will be the New Mexico premiere of Wagner’s bel canto masterpiece.

Our pioneering reconstruction of the lost orchestration from the 1850 Weimar premiere of Lohengrin, conducted by Franz Liszt, will revisit the intimate and historically accurate masterpiece for an epic close to this season. Maestro Anthony Barrese conducts.
$15, $29, $45, $59, $75, $89; discounts for groups of ten or more and patrons 30 and younger

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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.

Please stay tuned in to this website and our social media for updates and event listings.


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