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The National Hispanic Cultural Center is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) with the State of New Mexico. In accordance with revised public health directives, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs has temporarily closed its museums and historic sites to the public until further notice. The safety and well-being of our employees and visitors is the DCA’s foremost concern. We appreciate your ongoing support and understanding.
Please continue to visit this website for updates and to explore virtual visits, programs, and educational opportunities.
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The Herrera Internship Endowment was created by Dr. Denise Herrera to honor her parents (Yolanda and Fred Herrera) and grandparents (Reyna and Mariano Herrera), who did not have the opportunity to pursue higher education. As a native New Mexican, Dr. Herrera has dedicated much of her academic and professional career to the advancement of underrepresented groups in higher education. As a participant in several diversity programs herself, Dr. Herrera has mentored students from elementary through postdoctoral levels. This internship is intended to honor that tradition of “lifting others while we climb” and paying it forward. The Herrera Internship provides scholarships to Hispanic female students who complete an internship with the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
We are currently accepting applications for the Herrera Internship! The internship will begin in January 2021. Application deadline is October 31, 2020.
7 pm (MTS)
Live via Zoom
Free with registration; suggested donation of $7. Register HERE
Our friends and partners at Teatro Paraguas are presenting a live Zoom performance of Volver, Volver, Volver, a play by New Mexico playwright Leonard Madrid. Both Teatro Paraguas and Leonard Madrid have collaborated on various projects with the NHCC’s Performing Arts program over the years.
In Volver, Volver, Volver, which premiered at the NHCC in 2009, a young man who led a fast and reckless life is called back from the dead by an unknown bruja in Portales, and finds the inner peace that eluded him in life.
12 pm (MTS)
Live via Zoom
Attendance is free with registration. Register HERE
Josefa Gonzalez Mariscal, the executive director of the NHCC, will share her leadership story in a virtual lunch hosted by the Young Professionals of Albuquerque. In May 2020, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) named Josefa Gonzalez Mariscal the executive director of the NHCC, and she has an incredible leadership story! She grew up and studied art history in Mexico City. She has dual citizenship (Mexican and American), and speaks several languages. Josefa is an alumna of the NYU Fine and Decorative Arts Appraisal Studies Program and has lectured and published both in the USA and abroad.
2 pm (MTS)
Virtual Reading and Discussion: Sergio Troncoso, A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son (Cinco Punto Press, 2019)
Presented by the National Hispanic Cultural Center in collaboration with Bookworks. How does a Mexican-American, the son of poor immigrants, leave his border home and move to the heart of gringo America? How does he adapt to the worlds of wealth, elite universities, the rush and power of New York City? How does he make peace with a stern old-fashioned father who has only known hard field labor his whole life? With echoes of Dreiser’s American Tragedy and Fitzgerald’s Gatsby, Troncoso tells his luminous stories through the lens of an exile adrift in the 21st century, his characters suffering from the loss of culture and language, the loss of roots and home as they adapt to the glittering promises of new worlds which ultimately seem so empty. A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son is the recipient of a Silver Award for Multicultural Adult Fiction from Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Awards, and a Best of Texas 2019 by Lone Star Literary Life.
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Every year the NHCC holds its annual Despedida (Farewell) to celebrate Día de los Muertos with music, poetry, and hands-on art at this time-honored community gathering. Unfortunately, with the current health restrictions, this year’s Despedida is another wonderful in-person event that has been canceled. We are going to miss our ofrendas around the NHCC campus, as well as the music, poetry, traditional hot chocolate mexicano, pan de muerto, and the opportunity to share our heartfelt memories with you, our familia.
But we can still celebrate, and we hope you will join our friends at the Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA) for a virtual Día de los Muertos concert featuring our friends Carol and Leila—Las Flores del Valle of Albuquerque.
Free community event
8 pm (MTS)
Virtual performance with a digital viewing pass.
Get pass HERE
Link and password will be sent to you one hour before the premiere, providing 48 hours of access.
In 1999, Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company set forth on an artistic journey that would become America’s most distinctive flamenco project. This revolutionary performance entity combines the mosaic quality of the American repertory company with the authentic idiom of flamenco, creating a living archive of choreographic masterworks.
Virtual Reading and Discussion: Rebecca Blum-Martínez and Mary Jean Habermann López, Editors, The Shoulders We Stand On: A History of Bilingual Education in New Mexico
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
6 pm (MDT)
Virtual Reading and Discussion: Rebecca Blum-Martínez and Mary Jean Habermann López, Editors, The Shoulders We Stand On: A History of Bilingual Education in New Mexico (University of New Mexico Press, 2020)
RSVP for the online event: Link coming soon!