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History and Literary Arts Program (HLA), Library, and Archive

The History and Literary Arts Program (HLA) at the National Hispanic Cultural Center promotes and celebrates a deeper understanding of Hispanic/Latino history and literature of the U.S. and worldwide. We house a library, archives, special collections, genealogy center, present two to four exhibits a year, and present a wide range of history and literary arts programs serving children, youth, adults, elders and families. Learn More

Art Museum and Visual Arts Program

Celebrate artworks and artists from diverse Latino experiences through the NHCC Art Museum! The galleries feature artworks from the permanent collection, the Community Art Gallery dedicated to highlighting New Mexico’s artists, and rotating exhibitions. We also offer a robust schedule of educational programs for children, families, and adults of all ages.

The NHCC Art Museum Permanent Collection is home to over 3,000 artworks from around the world and it continues to grow! To view a selection of artworks from the collection, click here.

To learn more about exhibitions and activities to try at home, click here.

Circo Latino 2020 announces: CIRCO DIGITALINO!

Today, in celebration of WORLD CIRCUS DAY, we're so excited to launch Circo Digitalino! "What in the world is that?" we hear you asking—well just watch our introduction video that we've poured love into from all around the world! Don't miss the bloopers at the end for a little laughter.Here we go! We've got hundreds of ideas already "in our hoppers", but we want to hear from you, too! What are some things that you would love to see from us in this brand new time of physical distancing? How can we connect to you and your families, while we're alone together?Love you all so much!

Posted by Circo Latino NHCC on Saturday, April 18, 2020


Summer Institutes for Youth

In June and July each year, the NHCC mounts five intensive institutes for youth. Each lasting 4-weeks or longer, the institutes include: (1) Circo Latino (ages 8-13) and (2) Circo Radical (ages 13-18), both teaching wellness and resiliency through circus, incorporating skill building, physical activity, Spanish language, environmental education, and training in healthy eating habits, leadership, cooperation, creativity, and live performance. (3) The Manoa Project (ages 13-18), teaching acting, writing, collaboration and leadership skills through performing arts (4) Voces (ages 12-18), an intensive writing institute designed to inspire and develop upcoming writers and (5) Aventuras en Español, in partnership with Instituto Cervantes, a Spanish-immersion and cultural experience.

For more information on any of the Summer Institutes, email David Torres at davidm.torres@state.nm.us OR Valerie Martinez for the Voces Summer Writing Institute at valerie.martinez@state.nm.us.

Docent & Volunteer Programs

A dedicated and enthusiastic core of docents and volunteers make the NHCC operate, and have a blast in the process, whether they are ushering for performances, facilitating workshops, or getting and giving exhibition tours! Orientation is required prior to volunteering, and orientations are offered in February, May and October. For information on both the docent and volunteer program or to apply, contact NHCC Volunteer Coordinator Annette Lujan at annette.lujan@state.nm.us. To see a list of opportunities, download this document.

Herrera Internship Endowment

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.

2020-2021 information will be available June 2020.

Instituto Cervantes

The Instituto Cervantes is a worldwide non-profit organization created by the Spanish Government in 1991. It is the largest organization in the world concerned with the teaching of Spanish. The location at the National Hispanic Cultural Center is one of over 65 centers in over twenty different countries.  The mission of the Instituto Cervantes is to promote the teaching, study and use of Spanish as a second language and to contribute to the advancement of the Spanish, Hispanic and Latin American cultures throughout the world. For more information, please visit http://albuquerque.cervantes.es/en/.

Spanish Resource Center

An arm of both the Spanish Embassy and the University of New Mexico, the Spanish Resource Center supports Spanish teaching resources to the public. Located in the Pete V. Domenici Education Building at the NHCC, the Spanish Resource Center’s library offers a wealth of literature and materials about many aspects of Spanish life and culture. For more information, please call (505) 724-4743.