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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! Orientation is required prior to volunteering, and orientations are offered in February, May and October. For information on both the docent and volunteer program or to apply, contact NHCC Volunteer Coordinator Annette Lujan at annette.lujan@state.nm.us. To see a list of opportunities, download this document.

History and Literary Arts Program (HLA), Library, and Archive

The History and Literary Arts Program (HLA) features two to three exhibits a year, and presents a wide range of history and literary arts programs. The NHCC Library holds over 13,700 titles with concentrations on the history and culture of the Hispanic/Latino world. The NHCC Archives permanently house manuscript collections, institutional records, photographs, and moving images, as well as special collections, rare books, maps, and sound recordings. Programming serves children, youth, adults and elders, including families. HLA promotes and celebrates a deeper understanding of Hispanic/Latino history and literature of the U.S. and worldwide.

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Herrera Internship Endowment

The Herrera Internship Endowment was created by Dr. Denise Herrera to honor her parents (Yolanda and Fred Herrera) and grandparents (Reyna and Mariano Herrera), 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 postdoctoral levels. This internship is intended to honor that tradition of “lifting others while we climb” and paying it forward.

To apply for the 2019-2020 scholarship, please read the application instructions and complete the online form (link available in instructions document) and submit it no later than 5 pm, June 28, 2019. 

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

School Day Events and Educator Workshops

The NHCC offers various field trip opportunities, such as school day performances, hands-on workshops for students and tours of the Art Museum and Torreon.

We also offer teacher professional development opportunities in performing and visual arts. These opportunities are offered in conjunction with exhibits, visiting artists, and special events. Please check back for opportunities!

Click here to download a list of upcoming school performances. For more information please contact: David Torres, DavidM.Torres@state.nm.us, 505-383-4770 or  Elsa Menendez, elsa.menendez@state.nm.us.

For any Visual arts workshops, or teacher professional development, please contact: Elena Baca, Elenad.baca@state.nm.us, 505-383-4734.

For any Tours of the Art Museum and/or Torreon: Juanita Ramirez, juanita.ramirez@state.nm.us, 505-383-4774.

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

Videos of Past La Canoa Legacy Talks

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.