VOCES Summer Writing Institute for Teens

9:30 am – 4 pm (MST)
Weekdays, Monday – Friday

Registration link coming soon.

Limited to 15 teens
(Apply early to get in! First come, first served)

Voces is a FREE, month-long writing institute for high school writers. Teens (rising 9th graders through graduating seniors) are inspired to write prose, poetry and monologues through a wide range of experiential activities. The program culminates with chapbooks and a public reading/performance. This free institute is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for teens to experience the equivalent of a writing intensive, with guest writers and artists and a wide range of field trips that inspire writing, at no cost.

Free community event

NHCC Children’s Bilingual Book Festival

9 am-5 pm (MST)

Live online.

Visit the festival website

This annual festival is the only one of its kind in the U.S. that features children’s books in Spanish and English and Indigenous languages and English. The focus on Spanish, English, Indigenous languages books and authors makes this festival particularly meaningful and vibrant, reflecting the identities of many children in New Mexico, the American Southwest, and beyond. We want to encourage children to see themselves in contemporary children’s literature as well as introduce a bilingual body of work to a wider audience. The four-day event features author readings, workshops, and interactive events for kids and families.

For additional information email HLA.Admin@state.nm.us

Image: Julianna Kirwin (used with permission).

César Chávez Day Celebration

Times TBD
Recuerda César Chávez Committee Facebook page HERE

Since 2007, the National Hispanic Cultural Center has collaborated with Albuquerque’s Recuerda a César Chávez Committee (RCCC) to celebrate the life and legacy of the renowned American civil rights leader César Estrada Chávez, co-founder, with Dolores Huerta, of the National Farmworkers Association and subsequently president of the United Farmworkers of America. In previous years, the annual Marcha de Justicia  has departed from the NHCC to begin the day’s activities, returning to the Center for an afternoon community Fiesta. In 2021, we will celebrate with a week of virtual events, taking place from March 31 (César Chávez’ birthday) through April 10 (Dolores Huerta’s birthday). Please join us on the Recuerda a César Chávez Committee’s Facebook page for the 29th Annual César Chávez Day Celebration.

Free Community Event

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2021 Winter ABQ Virtual Jewish Film Fest:  The House on Wannsee Street

Screening—Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 7 pm (MST)
* Available for 72 hours *
Zoom Conversation—Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 12 pm (MST)

Individual tickets are $8 and household tickets are $15; ticket prices include the film and the Zoom conversation. Purchase tickets HERE

The House on Wannsee Street is the story of generations of family secrets that are uncovered in this sweeping international story that begins with the Second World War and concludes with an emotional twenty-first-century revelation. When award-winning Argentinean filmmaker Poli Martínez Kaplun decided to dig deep into her family history, she found a shocking discovery. Searching through family albums and 8mm home movies, she unraveled a twentieth-century mystery.

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Art Making: Día de los Reyes Crown 

Celebrate Día de los Reyes (Three Kings’ Day), with a crown! Día de los Reyes, also known as the Epiphany is celebrated on January 6th across Latin America, in Spain, and by Latinx communities around the world. This feast day commemorates the visitation of the Santo Niño (Infant Jesus) by the three wise men and, for some, marks the end of the Christmas season.

Enjoy this fun activity brought to you by the NHCC’s Visual Art’s program and our AmeriCorps members who are developing curriculum and working on capacity building with us this year!

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Celebrating Traditions

Christmas Day is usually filled with get togethers with family and friends and if you are in New Mexico attending dances at one of the Pueblos.

Holiday celebrations represent rich cultural and artistic traditions. We thought we would bring a little bit of the museum to you, the objects represented are integral to holiday festivities.

What objects do you have in your personal collections that evoke holiday memories and traditions? Please share an object and why it is special to you.

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¡Globalquerque! Cross-Cultural Crossover Encore

2 pm

Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/c/AfroLatinJazzAlliance


Join us December 4, 2020 for an ENCORE performance of the ¡Globalquerque! Cross-Cultural Crossover, presented in partnership with Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance as part of their La Paza @ Digital Village YouTube Series!  

The program features four past festival acts—Rahim AlHaj (Iraq), Nation Beat (Brazil/USA), Vivalda Ndula (Angola) and Nohe & Sus Santos (Honduras/New Mexico) collaborating on one another’s songs, deconstructing them and re-presenting them through a cross-cultural lens. Chats with the artists in between songs—where some of them were meeting face-to-face for the first time after recording together—give a glimpse at the process and all the emotions that went with it! 

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Virtual Día de los Muertos Concert: Las Flores del Valle of Albuquerque

7 pm
Museum of International Folk Art Facebook page HERE

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

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Carnaval Celebration 2021 Auditions

3 pm
Live via Zoom, register for an audition by emailing odaradance@gmail.com

The NHCC’s annual celebration of Carnaval has been postponed because of the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, but we are not giving up on the celebration. While we work out the details, the Odara Dance Ensemble will be holding online auditions on Saturday, October 17th. Please register for an audition by emailing odaradance@gmail.com by October 15th. Be prepared to audition to various styles of dance, including cultural elements of Cuba, Trinidad, Brazil, and New Orleans.

Carnaval, the festive season occurring before Lent in many countries, is one of the world’s most widespread celebrations and one of its biggest parties. Frank Leto Musical Ventures and the NHCC celebrate Carnaval annually at the Center with a festive and colorful evening of music, dance, and theatre, featuring the Odara Dance Ensemble and the musical group PANdemonium. Carnaval 2020, a dazzling spectacle of vibrant dance, engaging music, and beautiful costumes, showcased the Carnaval traditions of Cuba, Trinidad, Brazil, and New Orleans and marked the 15th annual Carnaval Celebration at the NHCC.

For more audition information click HERE

Photo by David Martinez

Film: LGTBI+ en línea: Piscina

12 pm (available for 48 hours)
Instituto Cervantes Vimeo Channel Here

Instituto Cervantes Albuquerque presents LGTBI+ en línea, an online showcase of short subjects, both feature films and documentaries, by Spanish, Colombian, and Mexican filmmakers showcasing the individuality and creativity demonstrated in the exploration of distinct sexual identities. It is presented in collaboration with the National Hispanic Cultural Center as part of the Bank of America Free Film Series.

Carlos Ruano’s short feature film Piscina is a story of two boys from the barrio who have been friends for their entire lives. Like so many others, Santi and Jota are not in school and are not working; they spend their time drinking in the park and discussing the relative attractiveness of the girls they know.  But it seems that something is preoccupying Jota…. 2017; Spanish with English subtitles; 9 minutes; not rated.

Free virtual community event

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