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Docent & Volunteer Programs

A dedicated and enthusiastic core of docents and volunteers make the NHCC operate, and have a blast in the process, whether they are ushering for performances, facilitating workshops, or getting and giving exhibition tours! For information on both the docent and volunteer program or to sign-up for an upcoming orientation, contact NHCC Volunteer Coordinator Annette Lujan at annette.lujan@state.nm.us

History and Literary Arts Research Library and Archive

The NHCC library holds over 12,500 non-circulating titles, with a concentration on the history and culture of the Hispano world from the U.S. Southwest, Mexico, Central America, Latin America, Spain, Portugal and other points touched by the Spanish empire. Located adjacent to the library, the NHCC Archives permanently houses rare books, photographs, maps, and manuscript collections, and currently contains over 300 rare books and many rare artifacts.

On-Line Library Catalog Search

Herrera Internship Endowment

The Herrera Internship provides scholarships to Hispanic, female students who complete an internship with the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC). It was created by Dr. Denise Herrera to honor her mother (Yolanda Herrera) and two grandmothers (Reyna Herrera and Helen Montoya) who did not have the opportunity to pursue higher education. As a Native New Mexican, Dr. Herrera has dedicated much of her academic and professional career to the advancement of underrepresented groups in higher education. As a participant in several diversity programs herself, Dr. Herrera has mentored students from elementary through the postdoctoral level; this internship is intended to honor that tradition of “lifting others while we climb” and paying it forward.

Applications are due May 15, 2017. To see eligibility requirements and to apply, download the application here.

For questions regarding the application, call 505-246-2261.

Educator Workshops and Youth School Day Events

The NHCC offers various teacher workshops and seminars in performing arts, visual arts, history, literary arts, and digital storytelling. Workshops are offered in conjunction with exhibits, visiting artists, scholars and special events. The NHCC also hosts many school day performances and hands-on workshops for students. To obtain a current listing of performances and workshops, please email Elena Baca at elenad.baca@state.nm.us

School Events Flyer

Summer Institutes for Youth

In June and July each year, the NHCC mounts five intensive institutes for youth. Each lasting 4-weeks or longer, the institutes include: (1) Circo Latino (ages 8-13) and (2) Circo Radical (ages 13-18), both teaching wellness and resiliency through circus, incorporating skill building, physical activity, Spanish language, environmental education, and training in healthy eating habits, leadership, cooperation, creativity, and live performance. (3) The Manoa Project (ages 13-18), teaching acting, writing, collaboration and leadership skills through performing arts (Manoa Audition Information) (4) Voces (ages 12-18), an intensive writing institute designed to inspire and develop upcoming writers (Voces Application) And, (5) Aventuras en Español, in partnership with Instituto Cervantes, a Spanish-immersion and cultural experience.

All institutes – except Aventuras en Español – are sliding scale/”pay what you can” or free.  For more information on any of the Summer Institutes, email David Torres at davidm.torres@state.nm.us


Visual Arts Collection

The NHCC Art Museum and Visual Arts Program’s collection now includes about 2,000 accessioned objects and some 600 promised gifts, and continues to grow.  As pieces within the collection becomes digitized, they can be viewed here. For more information on the collection, please contact Tey Marianna Nunn, tey.nunn@state.nm.us

Online Resources

In continuing growth, the NHCC offers online resources on topics that connect you to the Hispanic culture, history and arts through accessible, informative and unique resources. Current online offerings are available at the following links:

Dia de los Muertos

Mundos de Mestizaje

Instituto Cervantes

The Instituto Cervantes is a worldwide non-profit organization created by the Spanish Government in 1991. It is the largest organization in the world concerned with the teaching of Spanish. The location at the National Hispanic Cultural Center is one of over 65 centers in over twenty different countries.  The mission of the Instituto Cervantes is to promote the teaching, study and use of Spanish as a second language and to contribute to the advancement of the Spanish, Hispanic and Latin American cultures throughout the world. For more information, please visit http://albuquerque.cervantes.es/en/.

Spanish Resource Center

An arm of both the Spanish Embassy and the University of New Mexico, the Spanish Resource Center supports Spanish teaching resources to the public. Located in the Pete V. Domenici Education Building at the NHCC, the Spanish Resource Center’s library offers a wealth of literature and materials about many aspects of Spanish life and culture. For more information, please call (505) 724-4743.