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    Creating a Cultural Home

Our Mission

The National Hispanic Cultural Center is dedicated to the preservation, promotion and advancement of Hispanic culture, arts and humanities. The Center presents exhibitions, lectures, book readings, performing arts and educational programing that are meaningful to the local community. It offers the Hispanic, Chicano and Latinx artist a place to present their work and bring it to the national stage. The NHCC is committed to making a cultural home for the diverse identities that shape the community.


The NHCC is located in the historic neighborhood of Barelas, on the corner of Avenida Cesar Chavez and Avenida Dolores Huerta. The Center encompasses a 20-plus-acre campus which includes a plaza, three theaters, an art museum, a historic designated building, an education center, a library, a genealogy center, and a restaurant. The NHCC also houses the Spanish Resource Center, a branch of the Spanish Embassy, and Instituto Cervantes. The National Hispanic Cultural Center is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and is further supported by the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation.



Board of Directors

Matt Martinez

Vice President
Bill Miera

Holly Jane Barnet-Sanchez

Matt Martinez
Bill Miera
Anita Cordova
Elizabeth Arencon
Vivian Cuadra
Holly Jane Barnet-Sanchez
Annette Garcia
Vaadra Martinez
Edward Lujan (Chair Emeritus)

Staff Leadership

Executive Director
Dr. Margie Huerta

Artistic Director
Noël Bella Merriam

Deputy Director
Alberto Cuessy

History and Literary Arts (HLA) Program Director

Performing Arts (PA) Program Director
Dr. Reeve Love

Visual Arts (VA) Program Director

Finance Manager
Liza Alvarado

Marketing and Public Relations Officer
For media inquiries, please call 505-629-2257

Rental Facilities

NHCC offers dynamic event spaces for groups of all sizes. We can provide a beautiful and unique venue for your next special event or meeting. The NHCC’s campus has many inside and outside venues to consider, with on-site catering services provided by Pop Fizz and La Fonda del Bosque.

To schedule an event or for general inquiries, please send an email to info.nhcc@state.nm.us or contact us as 505-246-2261. A Rentals Specialist will respond within 2 business days.

Rental Information

Special Notice

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced her intent to appoint a racial justice czar within her office and an advisory Council for Racial Justice to monitor state institutions and hold them accountable for ending systemic racism, assuring that all persons receive fair and equal treatment and opportunities. As a division of the state, we will diligently engage in the work of the Council and continue living the mission of the National Hispanic Cultural Center which is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and advancement of Hispanic culture, arts, and humanities. The work the NHCC has presented throughout its twenty year history illustrates the Center’s commitment to its foundational mission and to making a cultural home for the diverse identities that shape the community. The complexity of identity and its inherent social effects is explored through conversations, lectures, exhibitions, book presentations, and educational programming allowing the NHCC to serve as an avenue for change, inclusion, and justice.


We are listening and learning, with work ahead of us.