NHCC Children’s Bilingual Book Festival

9 am – 4 pm

The NHCC will present the first annual NHCC Children’s Bilingual Book Festival in partnership with National día de los libros/Children’s Day/Book Day; Artful Life; Bookworks; Native Realities; the UNM Latin American and Iberian Institute, ABQ Reads, Albuquerque Public Schools, and the University of New Mexico Press.

This one-day festival will celebrate children’s books (K-8) written in Spanish and English and Native languages and English. The focus on bilingual books and authors makes this festival particularly meaningful and vibrant, reflecting the identities of many children in New Mexico and the Southwest. We want to encourage children to see themselves in contemporary children’s literature as well as introduce a bilingual body of work to a wider audience.

The festival will also launch a summer reading program for children struggling to read. Twenty scholarships will be given to children who live within walking (or cycling) distance from the NHCC.  Each will be given $100 in books, a festival poster and swag, and s/he will be matched with a summer reading tutor who will keep him/her reading over the summer, including regular reading sessions at the NHCC.

The one-day festival will include:

  • Half-hour “Read to Me” events featuring Native and Latinx authors reading to children and families, including a special Arbor Day tree book reading
  • A keynote reading and Q & A with children’s author Pat Mora
  • An author and exhibitor book emporium (book and book-related sales)Teachers workshop
  • Parents workshop
  • Registration with summer reading tutors for scholarship children
  • Drop-in art, book-making, and other creative activities
  • Food, music, and more

Suggested Donation:  $5 per family

Vendors, apply for the book emporium here.

More info coming soon!

 

¡Iluminarte!

A CELEBRATION OF LUMINARIAS/FAROLITOS AND ILLUMINATED BIKE PARADE/UNA CELEBRACIóN DE FAROLITOS/LUMINARIAS, DESFILE DE BICICLETAS ILLUMINADAS

A partnership between the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Storyriders (Dolores Gonzales, Valle Vista and Hawthorne Elementary Schools) and Artful Life

Join us for a one day celebration of the small paper bag lanterns with sand and candles that some call “farolitos ” and others call “luminarias”–a New Mexico tradition.

SCHEDULE

Between now and the event: “Team Luminaria” and “Team Farolito” T-shirts are on sale at the NHCC and online https://nhccnm.wufoo.com/forms/tshirt-preorder-luminaria-farolito/

October 25:  Register for the Illuminated Bike Parade. https://nhccnm.wufoo.com/forms/iluminarte-2018-bike-parade-registration-form/

Saturday, December 8, 2018

3-4 pm:  “Luminaria y Farolito—History/Legend/Myth of the Little Brown Bag with a Candle and Sand.”  Talk and Community Story-Sharing.

4-6 pm: “Iluminarte” booth–make your own luminaria/farolito work of art.

5-7 pm:  Pop Fizz and La Fonda del Bosque open for dinner. Snacks for sale in the plaza.

4:30 pm:  Start of illuminated bicycle parade/desfile de bicicletas illuminadas led by Storyriders, their families, and the general public along the Paseo del Bosque Trail.  Free and open to the public. Arrive at 4 pm at the NW side of the NHCC parking lot to start the ride at 4:30.  Wear your “Team Farolito” or “Team Luminaria” t-shirt and adorn yourself with lights.  Register for the parade here.  https://nhccnm.wufoo.com/forms/iluminarte-2018-bike-parade-registration-form/.

Order your t-shirt (quantities limited) here: https://nhccnm.wufoo.com/forms/tshirt-preorder-luminaria-farolito/.

5:30 pm:  Cyclists arrive at the NHCC plaza which is adorned with luminarte—special luminarias/farolitos.  Riders parade in a pattern in front of the pyramid steps.

5:30 pm: Cyclists can park their bikes with a free bike valet in the Salon Ortega patio courtyard.

6 pm: Indoor event – free and open to the public.

  • Kids’ iluminarte and writing on display
  • Meet and greet with young artists
  • Refreshments and conversation: chocolate (hot chocolate) and biscochitos

7:30:   “Luminaria” vs “Farolito” Poetry Slam (poets ages 16+). Cash prize for the winning poet/poem. https://nhccnm.wufoo.com/forms/application-luminaria-or-farolito-poetry-slam/ 

Information, contact valerie.martinez@state.nm.us, 505-383-4724

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Opening Reception for NM Hometown Heroes

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

The New Mexico Hometown Heroes: Hispanic Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients exhibit is a tribute to the six Hispanic Congressional Medal of Honor recipients who have received the highest honor that the United States government bestows for acts of valor and heroism. It celebrates not only their stories of service but their connections to New Mexico: Private Joseph Martínez (WWII), Private José Valdez (WWII), Daniel Fernandez (Vietnam War), Master Sergeant Alejandro Ruíz (WWII), Chief Warrant Officer Louis Rocco (Vietnam War) Master Sergeant Leroy Petry (Operation Enduring Freedom).

This exhibition of photographs, narratives, and ephemera allows us to reflect on the sacrifices of those who served, and those who follow in their footsteps.

New Mexico Hometown Heroes: Hispanic Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients

The New Mexico Hometown Heroes: Hispanic Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients exhibit is a tribute to the six Hispanic Congressional Medal of Honor recipients who have received the highest honor that the United States government bestows for acts of valor and heroism. It celebrates not only their stories of service but their connections to New Mexico: Private Joseph Martínez (WWII), Private José Valdez (WWII), Daniel Fernandez (Vietnam War), Master Sergeant Alejandro Ruíz (WWII), Chief Warrant Officer Louis Rocco (Vietnam War) Master Sergeant Leroy Petry (Operation Enduring Freedom).

This exhibition of photographs, narratives, and ephemera allows us to reflect on the sacrifices of those who served, and those who follow in their footsteps.

It is on display in the NHCC History and Literary Arts building. You can find the hours for that building here.

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.
Free

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.

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Reading & Booksigning and Walk Along the Bosque with Michelle Otero, Albuquerque Poet Laureate

6 pm: Walk Along the Bosque

7 pm: Poetry Reading

Please join us for a reading by Albuquerque’s fourth (and newest) Poet Laureate, Michelle Otero. In addition, Michelle is coordinating a series of walks along the Rio Grande Bosque, “Walking with Poets,” hosted by local poets, highlighting the work of poets we love,  and raising awareness of the need to conserve and preserve our beloved Rio. The walks will lead to a bosque  poetry anthology, to be edited by Otero. “Walking With Poets” takes place on the fourth Thursday of each month from July through October.

Otero is a tenth generation New Mexican. Her work has appeared in New Mexico Magazine, Brevity, Puerto del Sol, and other literary journals and she is the author of Malinche’s Daughter (essays).

Otero is Creative Director of El Valle Encantado, an organization promoting sustainable development initiatives in Albuquerque’s Atrisco neighborhood. She holds a B.A. in History from Harvard and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Vermont College.
Free

Alejandro Mendiaz, “Speaking Truth to Power: UndocuTalks”

11 am

This talk is part of the educational programming related to People Powered: New Mexicans and Social Movements.

UndocuTalks is a podcast that was developed as a virtual space where undocumented youth can independently share news, knowledge, and culture with other undocumented youth and allies.  Alejandro Mendiaz is a co-founder of UndocuTalks and a host of the UndocuNews segment that aims to share important information with our immigrant communities in a healthy dose of digestible pieces of information that combat the constant stressful bombardment of immigration-related, sensationalized news. Alejandro and the UndocuTalks collective sees podcasting as revolutionary medium that can inform our social movements in New Mexico, the U.S., and internationally.

La Canoa: Mulattos of Cochiti: Caste in Spanish New Mexico

2 pm

Please join Deputy State Historian Rob Martinez, as he examines the role of racial mixing, identity, and the categorizing of humans living in Spanish Colonial New Mexico. The approach will be through the lens of the casta, or caste system. Historical research, genealogy, and DNA all converge to provide a clearer understanding of Hispano roots in New Mexico, as well as in Latino-Meso America and Hispanic Europe.

Deputy State Historian Rob Martinez is a native New Mexican born and raised in Albuquerque. A graduate of the University of New Mexico with a B.B.A. in International Business Management, Rob went on to pursue his interest in New Mexican culture and history at UNM, earning an M.A. in Latin American history, with an emphasis on church, cultural, and social practices of the Spanish Colonial period in New Mexico. Mr. Martinez worked for fourteen years as a research historian for the Sephardic Legacy Project, scouring civil and church archives in New Mexico, Mexico, Spain, France, Italy, Cuba, and Puerto Rico, analyzing documents for a research and publishing project about the Crypto-Jewish phenomenon in New Mexico and the Caribbean. Rob has presented papers and lectures on his research at the University of New Mexico as well as history conferences throughout the southwestern United States. He has also spoken to historical groups in New Mexico such as the Hispanic Genealogical Research Center of New Mexico, the Albuquerque Historical Society, and the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies about research methodology, unique findings, New Mexico Hispanic culture, and general History of New Mexico. Mr. Martinez is also a folk musician, performing and promoting New Mexican Hispanic musical traditions for the past twenty years with his brother Lorenzo and their father Roberto Martinez in the group Los Reyes de Albuquerque. With his musical family, he has performed in all parts of New Mexico, and on multiple occasions has presented music and New Mexican culture at the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival in Washington, D.C., the NEA’s National Heritage Fellowship Awards, and also at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.