Día de los Muertos: Despedida

5 pm – 7 pm

Free Community Event

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

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.

For more information please call 505-246-2261.
Free community event

Braceros Exhibit Opening Reception

6 pm

This exhibition features more than 30 black and white photographs of braceros taken by the photojournalist collective known as the Hermanos Mayo. It also uses narratives, video and artifacts to tell the story of the Bracero Program. The program grew out of a series of bi-lateral agreements between Mexico and the United States, bringing Mexican men to the United States as guest-workers on short-term, primarily agricultural labor contracts. In 1942, these workers came to remedy wartime production shortages by supplying much-needed labor during the early years of World War II.  The Bracero Program, which derived its name from the Spanish word for a manual laborer, “bracero” continued uninterrupted until 1964. During this extensive program, 4.6 million contracts were signed, with many individuals returning several times on different contracts, making it the largest United States contract labor program. An examination of the exhibition images, documents, and artifacts contributes to our understanding of the lives of migrant workers in Mexico and the United States, as well as our knowledge of immigration, nationalism, labor practices, and race relations.
This event is free and open to the public

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), Master Sergeant Alejandro Ruíz (WWII), Specialist Fourth Class Daniel Fernandez (Vietnam War), 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.

Opening Reception, The Art of Christmas: New Mexico Style

5 pm to 7 pm

Join us for the opening reception for the exhibition The Art of Christmas: New Mexico Style, featuring approximately 430 handmade ornaments by more than 125 New Mexican artists that have been collected by the Duran family (Matt, Jeanette, and their son Gabriel) over nearly 20 years. Matt and Jeanette began collecting Christmas ornaments in 2000 and there first tree was only 4 feet tall. Now, the ornaments are displayed on a number of trees in their home including one that is 15 feet tall. You can explore this impressive collection in the NHCC Art Museum between December 2, 2017 and January 7, 2018.
Free public event


6 pm – 12 am

In 2017, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation’s signature fundraising event, Maravilla, presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico, will highlight the vibrant and rich culture of Colombia.

Maravilla provides direct support to the NHCC and its Foundation to promote, preserve and advance Hispanic arts, culture and humanities, while providing a unique cultural experience to attendees. Una Noche en Colombia, an amazing night on the Center’s Plaza Mayor, will offer an extraordinary opportunity for attendees to enjoy Colombian music, culture, arts, dance and cuisine through performances, dinner, and live and silent auctions. Please join us in making this night at the NHCC a truly memorable experience! This is a black tie event.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available by calling 505-246-2661.

Opening Reception for The Piñata Exhibit (Sure to be a Smash Hit!)

6 pm to 8 pm

The Piñata Exhibit (Sure to be a Smash Hit!) celebrates this popular art form with over 175 examples from Mexico, California, Arizona, Nevada, Texas and New Mexico. Traditional and iconic works, alongside creations by contemporary piñata artists, illustrate how piñatas maintain their historical and social importance while also reflecting transnational shifts in popular, political, and visual culture. Check www.nhccnm.org for details on related programs, talks and tours.
This is a free event open to the public.

Opening Reception: Outstanding in His Field: San Ysidro—Patron Saint of Farmers

6 pm to 8 pm

Each spring, New Mexico communities celebrate San Ysidro (aka San Isidro or Saint Isidore) the patron saint of farmers, gardeners, and workers. San Ysidro blesses the fields, brings rain and discourages drought, and assures a healthy growing season for local crops such as chile, beans, corn and squash.

The exhibition highlights contemporary and traditional depictions of this adored saint through approximately 65 art works by artists of all ages. New Mexican artist revere San Ysidro and a unique sense of place is reflected through these diverse interpretations of his image.

The NHCC is collaborating with numerous community members and organizations throughout the duration of this exhibition which runs through planting and harvesting seasons. Please check back for details on related programs, talks and tours.
Free community event

¡Aquí Estamos: The Heart of Arte!: Opening Reception

2 pm to 4 pm

Join us for the opening reception of ¡Aquí Estamos: The Heart of Arte! which celebrates the NHCC Art Museum’s growing permanent collection with a revitalized vibe and a brand new selection of works. This exhibition was a collaborative project as the entire NHCC Visual Arts staff and interns combed through the collection and worked together to decide which pieces should welcome in 2017. This sampling explores the contributions of these artists and how each work can serve as a reminder of the heart that thrives in strong and resilient communities.

The collection contains over 2,500 artworks by Hispanic, Chicana/o, and Latina/o, artists from around the globe most of which have been generously donated to the museum by artists and collectors. It reflects the diversity of Latina/o art and expression in all of its vibrancy, creativity, pointed humor and social consciousness. The National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum exists to support and engage the work of these artists and share their creations and their stories with the broader community.
Free community event

Hispanic Culture Day

10 am

Hispanic Culture Day, co-hosted by Senator Peter Wirth and the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) Foundation, will begin with a joint session of the New Mexico State Senate and the New Mexico House of Representatives in the House Chambers. It will be followed by a ticketed luncheon at Hotel Eldorado honoring Rep. Monica Youngblood and Sen. Jacob R. Candelaria for their tremendous advocacy for and in support of Hispanic cultures and communities.

The keynote speaker for the Hispanic Culture Day Joint Session is Dr. Arturo Madrid, the T. Frank and Norine R. Murchison Distinguished Professor of the Humanities, Emeritus at Trinity University. Dr. Madrid will give a talk titled, “No llegamos ayer: art, culture, and memory in New Mexico.” The event also will include Afro-Latino music and dance by Frank Leto and his musical group PANdemonium and Pilar Leto and her dance group Odara Dance Ensemble.

The luncheon is presented by Molina Healthcare and the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation, and will include remarks from Sen. Wirth, Rep. Youngblood and Sen. Candelaria, as well as the NHCC’s Executive Director Rebecca Avitia and NHCC Foundation’s Director Anna Sanchez.  The luncheon will also include entertainment from Ehactl Aztec Dancers and musical group Luz de Luna.

Dr. Madrid is a native of New Mexico and a graduate of the University of New Mexico (1960), and a professor emeritus with Trinity University. In addition to serving as the founding president of the Tomás Rivera Center, the nation’s first institute for policy studies on Latino issues, Dr. Madrid has also held academic and administrative appointments at Dartmouth College, The University of California, San Diego, and the University of Minnesota and has served as Director of the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) and the Minority Institutions Science Improvement Program (MISIP) in the U.S. Department of Education and National Director of the Ford Foundation’s Graduate Fellowship Program for Mexican Americans, Native Americans and Puerto Ricans.

For more information on luncheon tickets or sponsorship, contact Anna Sanchez at asanchez@nhccfoundation.org or 505-383-4782.

Cervantes & Don Quixote Exhibition Opening

2 pm to 5 pm

Instituto Cervantes presents an exhibition in four parts, paying homage to Miguel de Cervantes, the famous author of Don Quixote de la Mancha, and commemorating the 400th anniversary of his death.

The first part, “Quijotes del celuloide,” displays posters from various movies made about Don Quixote over the years. The second, “Don Quixote Quotes,” comprises universal quotes regarding the influence of Cervantes’ work on English literature. “Back to Barataria,” the third part, is a journey around the southern states in the U.S.,  with pictures of streets and other places with names taken from the novel, and the fourth part is an exhibition of 400 drawings by New Mexico students.
Free public event