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January 2019

Braceros Exhibit

January 25June 30

This exhibition features more than 30 black and white photographs of braceros taken by the photojournalist collective known as the Hermanos Mayo. It also uses narratives, video and artifacts to tell the story of the Bracero Program. The program grew out of a series of bi-lateral agreements between Mexico and the United States, bringing Mexican men to the United States as guest-workers on short-term, primarily agricultural labor contracts. In 1942, these workers came to remedy wartime production shortages by supplying much-needed labor during the early years of World War II.  The Bracero Program, which derived its name from the Spanish word for a manual laborer, “bracero” continued uninterrupted until 1964. During this extensive program, 4.6 million contracts were signed, with many individuals returning several times on different contracts, making it the largest United States contract labor program. An examination of the exhibition images, documents, and artifacts contributes to our understanding of the lives of migrant workers in Mexico and the United States, as well as our knowledge of immigration, nationalism, labor practices, and race relations.
This exhibit is free and open to the public 

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

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.

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

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.


NHCC Summer Reading Program Applications Due April 5

April 5

In 2019, the National Hispanic Cultural Center will launch its first summer reading program for students in grades 3 and 4 who need help with reading. This program is part of the Bilingual Children’s Book Festival

Students will read with trained tutors on a weekly basis in the NHCC library during the summer months, June-August, 2019. The NHCC library includes a collection of bilingual children’s books (Spanish and English) as well as age-appropriate books in English that are focused on Hispanic/Latino culture.

Students must have transportation to the NHCC or live close enough to walk or bike to the center.

The NHCC is looking for 20 students who want to participate in the program. These students will also receive scholarships to the April 27 Children’s Bilingual Book Festival, where they will be matched with a summer tutor as well as receive a free festival t-shirt, poster and swag.

PARENTS:  please apply here: https://tinyurl.com/y3ygwsna.

Eligible applicants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications close Friday, April 5, 2019.

For more information, contact Valerie Martínez, Director of History and Literary Arts, NHCC:  valerie.martinez@state.nm.us, 505-383-4724.

One Poem: Many Voices/Un Poema: Tantas Voces

April 11

5:30 pm

The Un Poema project engages elementary, middle and high school students as well as their teachers and families in the translation of a single poem by a contemporary poet writing in Spanish. During this bilingual culminating event, the translators (young and old) share their work with one another, their families, and the general public, celebrate the poem, and discuss the ways that different readers understand and interpret un poema.

La Canoa: Valerie Rangel “Environmental Policies, Planning, and Cultural Connections of Nuevo México”

2 pm

Please join Valerie Rangel, community planner and environmental planning consultant, as she shares historical research, land use planning, and policy frameworks that shed light on issues of environmental contamination and public health while uplifting the voices of immigrant farm workers, tribal members, environmental and social activists from the communities of Nuevo México. She will focus on the history and contributions of the communities of Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Pueblo of Isleta as well as sacred sites, the Gila River and Rio Grande.

Valerie Rangel earned a Master’s Degree in Community Regional Planning with an emphasis in environmental and natural resource management, indigenous planning and public health. Her education involved environmental science, southwest history, Native American studies and cultural anthropology. Having taught college science courses, she presently works as an environmental planning and public health assessment consultant and community program manager for the New Mexico Community Foundation (NMCF) and volunteers as a river steward and social justice activist.

This event is free and open to the public

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.

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