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NHCC Learning

NHCC Learning provides a range of lesson plans and activities across the disciplines found at the NHCC—language arts, performing arts, visual arts and social studies—to inspire cultural curiosity for all ages.

New look, lesson plans, and activities.

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Art Museum and Visual Arts

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! View a selection of artworks from the collection.

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History and Literary Arts, Library, and Archives

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.

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Performing Arts

The mission of the Performing Arts program of the National Hispanic Cultural Center is to present and produce traditional and contemporary theatrical, musical, dance, and multidisciplinary performances and events that preserve and promote Hispanic cultures in New Mexico, the nation, and the world.  Operational since October 2000, the program presents both indoor and outdoor seasons.  Programming has included plays, concerts, dance performances, puppet shows, storytelling, fiestas and festivals, and films.

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Docent & Volunteer Opportunities

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.

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Podcast: La Hilacha

The NHCC’s History and Literary Arts program produces a podcast every three weeks on topics related to Hispanic/Latinx history and literature. The podcast, entitled “La Hilacha: Words and Memories,” is free and accessible via the link below. The title, “La Hilacha” (unraveling thread), promotes the idea that history and literature are unraveling threads, from the richness of our individual and collective stories into the literature that tells these stories to the world. For more information, contact Valerie Martinez at valerie.martinez@state.nm.us.


Latinx Book Reviews

New reviews of books by Latinx authors appear every week.

* Alcala, Kathleen. (1998). Spirits of the Ordinary: A Tale of Casas Grandes. Harvest Books.

* Narciso Torres, Angela. (2021). What Happens is Neither. Four Way Books.

* Alonzo, Cristela. (2019). Music to My Years: A Mixtape Memoir of Growing Up and Standing Up. Atria Books.

* Alarcón, Daniel. (2007). Lost City Radio. Harper Collins.

* Urrea, Luis Alberto. (2009). Into the Beautiful North: A Novel. Little, Brown and Company.

* Cisneros, Ernesto. (2020). Efrén Divided. NY: Harper Collins.

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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.

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. The Herrera Internship provides scholarships to Hispanic female students who complete an internship with the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

For additional information contact  annette.lujan@state.nm.us or 505-225-6656 with any questions.


Instituto Cervantes Albuquerque

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.

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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

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.