¡Iluminarte! 2019

The NHCC will present its second annual celebration of the small paper bag lanterns with sand and candles that some call “farolitos” and others call “luminarias”—a New Mexico tradition.  Events from 2-7 pm will include a talk about the history, facts and urban legends of the luminaria/farolito, an illuminated bike parade, create your own “iluminarte” (paper bag) workshop, a student art and writing show, and more.

All events are free and open to the public and take place on the beautifully illuminated campus of the NHCC.

Check out some photos of ¡Iluminarte! 2018 here!

Book Reading and Signing: Norma Elia Cantú, Cabañuelas

2 pm

Norma Elia Cantú will read from her new novel, Cabañuelas (University of New Mexico Press, 2019), the successor to her award-winning Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera, which chronicles her childhood experiences on the border. Nena leaves Laredo, Texas, and moves to Madrid, Spain, to research the historical roots of traditional fiestas in Laredo. Immersing herself in post-Franco Spain and its rich history, its food, music, and fiestas, Nena finds herself falling for Paco, a Spaniard. Nena’s research and experiences teach her about who she is, where she comes from, and what is important to her. As her work comes to a close, Nena must decide where she can best be true to her entire self: in Spain with Paco or in Laredo, her home, where her job and family await her return. After reading, Cantú will talk about the craft of writing a novel—in celebration of National Novel Writing Month (November).

This event is free and open to the public

Presented in conjunction with the University of New Mexico Press

Who We Are, Together: NM Families Project Presentation for Martinez and Tafoya

2-4 pm

This project engaged 2-3 generations of seven NM families in testing their DNA and researching their family lineage with the help of the NHCC and experts in the field. For seven Sundays these families will present what they learned about who they are, where they are, where they came from, and from whom they descend, followed by dialogue. Join us to explore the diverse heritage and history of NM through our families: who we are, together.

For this presentation, hear more about the histories of the families Martinez and Tafoya.

Please RSVP as space is limited: http://bit.ly/2WFltQa

Who We Are, Together: NM Families Project Presentation for Lopez, Fraga, Liomas and Gomez

2-4 pm

This project engaged 2-3 generations of seven NM families in testing their DNA and researching their family lineage with the help of the NHCC and experts in the field. For seven Sundays these families will present what they learned about who they are, where they are, where they came from, and from whom they descend, followed by dialogue. Join us to explore the diverse heritage and history of NM through our families: who we are, together.

For this presentation, hear more about the histories of the families Lopez, Fraga, Liomas and Gomez.

Other presentation dates below:

Nov. 3, 2-4 pm: Martinez and Tafoya

Please RSVP as space is limited: http://bit.ly/2WFltQa

Book Reading and Signing: Refugees, Rivers and Rebels with Renny Golden

6 pm

This presentation will feature poets Sen. Bill O’Neill, Margaret Randall, Damien Flores and Renny Golden.

Renny Golden’s The Music of Her Rivers pays homage to the Rio Grande and Illinois Rivers. Sharp-eyed and empathetic, Golden serves as a witness, documenting place, history, and people, especially those left voiceless due to violence or discrimination—from the refugee border crossers of the Rio Grande to the Irish immigrants and former slaves struggling to build lives in Chicago in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

This event is free and open to the public. 

Escribir Nuevo Mexico—Las Vegas

2 pm

This is the second in our reading series featuring New Mexico authors reading from books about New Mexico. Organized by city, town or region, this reading will feature 2-3 writers whose books focus on the town of Las Vegas.

Salud y Sabor Celebrates Mexico: Bridges Between Past and Present

11:30 am to 2:00 pm

Salud y Sabor is a free late morning/early afternoon of food, art, health, culture, and entertainment that celebrates our communities and connects families with nutrition, cooking, healthy lifestyles, and play. Once a month, community members gather for cooking demonstrations using fresh, locally grown ingredients, fun art and movement activities for kids and adults, health screenings, cultural exchange, and live entertainment.  Join us for free samples of local produce and special recipes. All activities emphasize traditional Latin American and Indigenous food and culture, basic information/free screenings from local Western and alternative health practitioners, and a vibrant atmosphere with art activities, storytelling, and live music.

This event is presented as a partnership between the NHCC, Agri-Cultura Network and Street Food Institute.

Thank you to our presenting sponsor UNM-Health Sciences Center!

This event is free and open to the public

Who We Are, Together: NM Families Project Presentation for C De Baca

2-4 pm

This project engaged 2-3 generations of seven NM families in testing their DNA and researching their family lineage with the help of the NHCC and experts in the field. For seven Sundays these families will present what they learned about who they are, where they are, where they came from, and from whom they descend, followed by dialogue. Join us to explore the diverse heritage and history of NM through our families: who we are, together.

For this presentation, hear more about the histories of the family C De Baca.

Other presentation dates below:

Oct. 20, 2-4 pm: Lopez, Fraga, Liomas and Gomez
Nov. 3, 2-4 pm: Martinez and Tafoya

Please RSVP as space is limited: http://bit.ly/2WFltQa

Who We Are, Together: NM Families Project Presentation for Madrid and Padilla

2-4 pm

This project engaged 2-3 generations of seven NM families in testing their DNA and researching their family lineage with the help of the NHCC and experts in the field. For seven Sundays these families will present what they learned about who they are, where they are, where they came from, and from whom they descend, followed by dialogue. Join us to explore the diverse heritage and history of NM through our families: who we are, together.

For this presentation, hear more about the histories of the families Madrid and Padilla.

Other presentation dates below:

Oct. 6, 2-4 pm: C De Baca
Oct. 20, 2-4 pm: Lopez, Fraga, Liomas and Gomez
Nov. 3, 2-4 pm: Martinez and Tafoya

Please RSVP as space is limited: http://bit.ly/2WFltQa

Who We Are, Together: NM Families Project Presentation for Romero and Martinez

2-4 pm

This project engaged 2-3 generations of seven NM families in testing their DNA and researching their family lineage with the help of the NHCC and experts in the field. For seven Sundays these families will present what they learned about who they are, where they are, where they came from, and from whom they descend, followed by dialogue. Join us to explore the diverse heritage and history of NM through our families: who we are, together.

For this presentation, hear more about the histories of the families Romero and Martinez.

Other presentation dates below:

Sept. 22, 2-4 pm: Madrid and Padilla
Oct. 6, 2-4 pm: C De Baca
Oct. 20, 2-4 pm: Lopez, Fraga, Liomas and Gomez
Nov. 3, 2-4 pm: Martinez and Tafoya

Please RSVP as space is limited: http://bit.ly/2WFltQa