¡Vamos al Museo! Día de los Muertos

10:30 am to noon

The National Hispanic Cultural Center is pleased to offer children’s programming on the first Saturday morning of every month. This is a fun and engaging docent and artist-led family program. Families (limited to 25 participants) get a 30-minute museum tour focused on an art form, source inspiration, artist or type of material. Following the tour, the whole family can create their own artwork in the Pete V. Domenici Education Building Messy Classroom.

A great morning of art-making for children of all ages and families of all sizes!

Please pre-register HERE (so we know how many materials to prepare)

For more information please call or email Elena Baca at 505-246-2261 or ElenaD.Baca@state.nm.us
Free, $5 donations are encouraged to support the artists & purchase supplies

Thank you to our Día de los Muertos presenting sponsor Western Sky Community Care and to our supporting partners Nusenda Credit Union and the Latin American & Iberian Institute.


Día de los Muertos: Despedida

5 pm to 7 pm

Día de Muertos is an annual traditional holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and many Hispanic communities. Join the NHCC and experienced, knowledgeable local artists to learn about the meaning of this celebration, the traditional arts and crafts associated with the celebration and development of ofrendas that honor families and individuals.

The National Hispanic Cultural Center will hold its annual Despedida to celebrate Día de los Muertos with music, poetry and hands-on art making at this time-honored community gathering. This is a great event for all ages. Tour the ofrendas around the NHCC campus; enjoy music, traditional chocolate mexicano, pan de muertos, and sharing of special and heartfelt memories.

For more information please call or email David Torres at 505-246-2261 or DavidM.Torres@state.nm.us.
Free community event

Thank you to our Día de los Muertos presenting sponsor Western Sky Community Care and to our supporting partners Nusenda Credit Union and the Latin American & Iberian Institute.


Sundays in the Museum: Exhibition tour with Brandee Caoba

2 pm

Join us for a tour of the exhibition, Because It’s Time, led by Brandee Caoba. About her artwork, Spiritus Mundi, Brandee writes, “Approaching this project from a universal perspective, I have come to recognize that we are all living under the same sky. We share an almost identical genetic code–regardless of skin color, hair texture, the color of our eyes, gender, sexual orientation, education, socio-economic background and ethnic or cultural identity. Not only does our genetic coding link us to each other, but it also links us to every other organism on Earth.”

Brandee will talk about her work as well as facilitate a conversation about the exhibition as a whole.

The event is free with the purchase of museum admission.

Tricklock Company and the NHCC Presents Sur Oeste: Vuelo transoceánico

10 am—Friday (student matinee)
2 pm—Saturday

Mexico City’s Sur Oeste is dedicated to the creation, production, and presentation of theatre, dance, audiovisual, and/or multidisciplinary works, focusing in recent years on the specific areas of theatre and dance. Their repertoire of over 20 productions has been presented in Mexico, the U.S., Panama, Argentina, and Brazil. Vuelo transoceánico, a show for younger audiences, is the story of Charles Lindbergh’s historic solo flight across the Atlantic: triumphing over storms, fog, and ice to achieve his impossible dream and become the hero the world was waiting for.
Friday free with reservation
Saturday $10 and Kids 16 years and younger are free. Free kid tickets available at the door only.

Thank you to our event sponsor, Home Instead Senior Care and to our Performing Arts Season Sponsors Heritage Hotels and Resorts, the Albuquerque Journal and Southwest Airlines!


Dia de Los Muertos Art Show: “Lost Places”

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Join us for a special Dia de los Muertos art show. New Mexico artists were invited to create 8” x 8” works of art with poetry or text that honor a place whose absence they mourn—whether a lost region of the Amazon, Chaco Canyon, or an abuela’s kitchen. Proceeds from sales of the works support the artists and NHCC History and Literary Arts programming.

Thank you to our Día de los Muertos presenting sponsor Western Sky Community Care and to our supporting partners Nusenda Credit Union and the Latin American & Iberian Institute.


¡Salud y Sabor! Chocolate/Chocolate–Dia de los Muertos

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Salud y Sabor, a partnership between the Agri-cultura Network, Street Food Institute, and the NHCC, is a free evening of food, art, and entertainment aimed at providing families with an opportunity to connect around nutrition, cooking, healthy lifestyles, and culture.

Once a month, community members gather for cooking demonstrations using fresh, locally grown ingredients, as well as fun art activities for kids and adults, health screenings, and live entertainment. An emphasis is placed on exploring traditional Hispanic dishes, providing basic information/free screenings from local Western and alternative health practitioners, and creating a vibrant atmosphere with art activities and live music. In most months, free samples of local produce are available.

This month’s theme is Chocolate/Chocolate–Dia de los Muertos.

For more information on Salud y Sabor, contact David Torres at 505/246-2261 or email him DavidM.Torres@state.nm.us
Free public event

Thank you to our Día de los Muertos presenting sponsor Western Sky Community Care and to our supporting partners Nusenda Credit Union and the Latin American & Iberian Institute.


Opening for Children’s Garden

5 pm

Join us and the U.S. Forrest Service for the grand opening of the Children’s Garden: A Certified Nature Explore Classroom located on the east side of the Pete V. Domenici Education Building. The Children’s Garden is designed to give urban kids hands-on, daily connections with nature and includes interactive elements such as instruments, garden areas and natural materials for building or creating art. The Children’s Garden will be open all hours that the NHCC campus is open.

First Page to Last Page Reading of Bless Me, Ultima in the NHCC Art Museum

9 am to 8 pm

The National Hispanic Cultural Center will present a beginning-to-end reading of Rudolfo Anaya’s acclaimed novel, Bless Me, Ultima. The reading will take place in the NHCC Art Museum where an exhibition, La Ultima Exhibición, enters its final month. Over 40 dignitaries, New Mexico authors, youth, adults and elders (including school students) will read, each for 15 minutes, between 9 am and 8 pm. The general public is invited to attend any part of the day-long reading as well as tour the exhibition before it concludes on November 11.

The reading is free and open to the public with museum entrance fee.

Some notable readers include the following. You can see the full list of readers and approximate times here. Please note that times may vary based on reading speed and that readers may move time slots.

  • ABQ First Lady Elizabeth Kistin Keller
  • Deputy State Historian Rob Martínez
  • Authors Enrique Lamadrid, Demetria Martinez, Levi Romero
  • UNM Faculty A. Gabriel Melendez, Anna Nogar, John Kessel and David Richard Jones
  • NHCC Executive Director, RebeccaAvitia
  • Executive Director, Opera Southwest, Tony Zancanella
  • Director of Cultural Services, CABQ, Shelle Sanchez
  • Kirsten and Scott Plunket
  • Española School Children

More about the exhibition:

The La Ultima Exhibición, curated by Augustine Romero, features visual interpretations of Rudolfo Anaya’s celebrated book, Bless Me, Ultima (1972)–a portrait of life in rural New Mexico as seen through the eyes of a young boy during World War II. Anaya tells of the spiritual healer, Ultima, as she guides young Antonio on a magical and moral journey in this novel that has inspired artists for decades. Romero curated a previous iteration of this exhibition in 2006 at the South Broadway Cultural Center and the NHCC Art Museum is thrilled to host the re-imagined version twelve years later. Featured artists include: Jesús “Cimi” Alvarado, George C’de Baca, Sylvia Ortiz Domney, Christian Michael Gallegos, Roberto Gallegos, Eric Garcia, Kristina Gonzales, Nacho Jaramillo, Al Na’ir Lara, Chisim Bernal Lujan, Oscar Lozoya, Chris Ray Melendez, El Moisés, Derrick Montez, Paloma Paz Nava, Gabriel Luis Powers, Chris Rivera, Rebecca H. Hernandez Rosser, and Catalina Salinas. Augustine Romero is an acclaimed visual artist and the curator of the South Broadway Cultural Center and the Kimo Theater for the City of Albuquerque.

Ballet Folklórico de Mexico de Amalia Hernández

7:30 pm

Ballet Folklórico de México was formed in 1952 by the dancer and choreographer Amalia Hernández. For six decades it has presented dances that reflect the traditional culture of Mexico, including indigenous Mesoamerica. The ensemble performs three times weekly at the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City. Additionally, it has toured widely and has appeared in over 80 countries, including a private performance at the White House for President and Mrs. Kennedy and command performances at the feet of the Sphinx in Egypt, bringing the richness of Mexican culture to millions.
$25, $39, $49

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

Día de los Muertos Ofrenda Exhibit and Community Ofrenda

10 am to 5 pm

Each year the NHCC works with schools and community organizations to host an Ofrenda (altar) Installation, in celebration of Día de los Muertos. Participants’ submissions will be on display in the Domenici Education Building and the Roy E. Disney Center for Performing Arts at the NHCC. You are welcome to contribute to our community ofrenda (please don’t bring valuables or irreplaceable photographs, reproductions are encouraged).

For more information, contact Elena Baca at elenad.baca@state.nm.us or 505-383-4734.

Free Family Fun

Thank you to our Día de los Muertos presenting sponsor Western Sky Community Care and to our supporting partners Nusenda Credit Union and the Latin American & Iberian Institute.