NHCC Events for December 5-17

Events for December 5-17


The Nutcracker Ballet in the Land of Enchantment

 The NHCC and Festival Ballet Albuquerque, with choreography by Patricia Dickinson Wells, and full live orchestra under the baton of Maestro Guillermo Figueroa, present The Nutcracker Ballet in the Land of Enchantment, December 15-17 in the Albuquerque Journal Theatre. Resplendent in tradition, The Nutcracker Ballet in the Land of Enchantment is uniquely flavored with New Mexico heritage while maintaining the classical grace of its origins–the perfect holiday treat for the whole family! La Fonda del Bosque, NHCC newest on-campus restaurant will be extending their hours for those going to see this performance. You can make reservations on their website.

Happy Arte Hour: Straw Appliqué Ornaments

Come enjoy a night of adult artmaking on Thursday, December 7 at 5:30 pm. Award-winning artist Martha Vároz Ewing will teach you how to make straw appliqué ornaments and, as always, you can buy delicious snacks and refreshments (including beer, wine and boozy milkshakes) from Pop Fizz. Please register so we know how many materials to prepare.

La Canoa: Under the Canopy of the Cottonwoods of Alameda

Dr. Jerry Gurule, Professor at the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UNM, will present us with a vivid look at the community of Alameda on December 16 at 2 pm in the NHCC History and Literary Arts building. This is, in part, a visual journey of the past and present interwoven among the “alamos“of the area. These were communities filled with their share of rapscallions and heroes, but communities we fondly referred to as “mi gente,” a people with a deep appreciation of the space they occupied.

NHCC Library Latin Dance Book Collection Open Houses

On December 5 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm come to the NHCC Library’s Latin Dance Book Collection Open House. You will have a chance to view the Latin Dance Book Collection, make free photocopies from the collection, and enjoy a dance demonstration by the Rueda505 dancers. Thank you to the New Mexico Library Foundation for the grant that made this possible!



The Art of Christmas: New Mexico Style

Featuring approximately 430 handmade ornaments by more than 125 New Mexican artists that have been collected by the Duran family (Matt, Jeanette, and their son Gabriel) over nearly 20 years, this exhibit will be in the NHCC Art Museum until January 7, 2018–so don’t miss your chance to see it!


Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series

On Thursday December 7 at 7 pm come see Where God Left His Shoes. Jobless and living with his family in a homeless shelter, a one-time boxer takes his 10-year-old stepson with him as he hustles for work on Christmas Eve. Praised as John Leguizamo’s “truest performance on film,” this is the story of a family who discover that they will survive as long as they have each other. On December 14 at 7 pm come see How to Be a Latin Lover. When an aging gigolo is kicked to the curb by his 80-year-old millionaire wife, he is forced to move in with his estranged sister and her young son. Anxious to return to the lap of luxury, he attempts to reignite his powers as a Latin lover and win over the wealthy widowed grandmother of his nephew’s schoolmate.

Awards Ceremony: Second Cervantes Drawing and Painting Contest for New Mexico Students

On December 9 at 2 pm, come see who will be the top winners of the second drawing contest presented by Instituto Cervantes, the NHCC, and the Spanish Resource Center. For this contest, students aged 6 to 15 were invited to submit original drawings depicting any subject matter relating to great Spanish or Latin American painters.


Recurring Events: Cuban Salsa, Colcha, Saturdays at the Museum, and Mundos de Mestizaje

Every Tuesday at the NHCC is ¡Baile! Casino de Rueda (Cuban Salsa) Dance Class. On Thursday, December 15 join our monthly gathering for colcheras of all skill levels led by Annette Gutierrez Turk. And son’t miss Saturdays at the Museum each week starting at 2 pm (free with cost of museum admission). Or, come see Mundos de Mestizaje, Frederico Vigil’s fresco depicting thousands of years of Hispanic and pre-Hispanic history, every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 pm.

Mark Your Calendar!

Chispa: NM Jazz Latino Orchestra, From the Beginning

January 13, 2018  $27, $32 w/ $3 off for NHCC Members

The New Mexico Jazz Latino Orchestra’s latest offering From the Beginning is a tribute to Dizzy Gillespie, a pioneer of Latin Jazz in the U.S., and also to the greatest composer of criollo and Afro-Peruvian classics, Chabuca Granda. Come hear new original arrangements, Latin jazz standards, and even an Afro-Peruvian dance number, performed by Doug Lawrence, César Bauvallet, Jackie Zamora, and Tito Manrique, a Salsa Criolla guitarist, composer, and arranger from Lima, Peru.

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Two artists present Cruzando in the KiMo Theatre Art Gallery



For Immediate Release

Augustine Romero



Two artists present Cruzando in the KiMo Theatre art gallery

The journey of two artists on display beginning December 14 

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Henry Morales and Kerry Bergen’s Cruzando is a journey of two artists crossing external borders in ancient and futuristic worlds. The artists’ illustrations intersect with nature, animals and people as vehicles to connect at different points in space and time. The fusion of culture and fantasy creates a dialogue of travel across time and connects the viewer with past, present and future worlds. Cruzando will be on display at the KiMo Theatre art gallery from December 14, 2017 to February 5, 2018.

An opening reception will be on Thursday, Dec. 14 from 5-8 p.m. It was Morales’ travels to Brazil, the Amazon and the Himalayas where he gained insight about his visions and spiritual stories through his art. Morales

Zia Biker by Henry Morales

translates images by carving wood and using paper and ink as a catalyst. The intricately carved organic wood cuts reflect a culture deeply embedded in his family roots.The prints are composed of indigenous flora, fauna and fantastic characters entwined with textured cuts and pathways that bring his stories to life. “Living in the southwest for most of my life and connecting with the ancient people who have lived here, I have experienced a deep understanding of the culture and land,” Morales said. He explains that his awareness as an artist is enhanced by real life observations of nature and landscapes that he then transforms into woodcuts. Morales explores the unification of human form and nature using an organic process of natural materials. The stories are embedded in the wood which are carved out intuitively and create bodies of work that reflect his travels and culture. Morales’ studies have been focused on lithography at the McNay Art Institute in San Antonio, Texas and San Antonio College of Fine Arts. As a muralist, his work has been commissioned by Lincoln Mercury and television productions. He has exhibited in galleries in New Mexico and Texas.  Local cultural events have given Morales the opportunity to mentor and teach print making to children and families in the community.

Morales’ prints are juxtaposed with boldly colored, cultural themes of Bergen’s contemporary illustrations. Images of ravens morphed from rulers of ancient lands time travel over deserts to collect and preserve seeds as a woman waiting for her ride transports into the future to become an Aztec astronaut. Iconic images of young women are portrayed as incarnations of

Aztec Astronauts by Kerry Bergen

inner strength and courage.

Bergen explains that her art is an interpretation of social, historical and cultural arts.

“In my work, I deconstruct iconic images and interpret them by building on symbolic messages,” she said. “Having engaged in subjects as diverse as the Mexican Revolution, Latino arts, traditional Spanish Colonial arts and pop culture, I reproduce familiar visual signs and some derived from ancient motifs, arranging them into conceptually layered pieces.”

In Bergen’s work, elements of the uniqueness of the natural world overlap and serve as a vehicle to convey the influence of nature. Her intention is to bring awareness of identity in nature and how it connects us in community, culture and tradition.

Bergen teaches multicultural and fine arts workshops to children and adults in public and private schools, art centers and museums. She began teaching in 2000 and has had the opportunity to work with hundreds of children and families from many diverse cultures through out New Mexico.

Bergen attended UNM College of Fine Arts, CNM, The Art Center Design College, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and Continuing Education Latin American Iberian Institute. Bergen’s mission is to help children and families learn more about the diversity in their world and how we live simultaneously, in multiple cultures with the intention to introduce a concept of art, the tools with which to create it, and to guide them to make beautiful art using their own individual insights.

2017 is a season of celebration as the historic KiMo Theatre turns 90. The KiMo was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1977. The KiMo Theatre is operated by the Cultural Services Department, City of Albuquerque, Richard J. Berry, Mayor. The Theatre is centrally located at 423 Central Avenue NW (corner of 5th and Central) and there is a large parking facility right behind the Theatre at 5th and Copper. Visit www.KimoTickets.com or call 311/711 for up-to-date information on the wide variety of entertainment options offered at this unique venue.

Traditional Guadalupe retablos and contemporary works to be on display at South Broadway Cultural Center




For Immediate Release

Chloe Nieto



Traditional Guadalupe retablos and contemporary works to be on display at South Broadway Cultural Center

Annual exhibit is part of The Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Traditional Guadalupe retablos and contemporary works will be on display at the South Broadway Cultural Center from December 9, 2017 to January 5, 2018 as part of the annual “The Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe”.

This is the 91st year of fiesta’s procession which is led by Los Guadalupanos and St. Francis Xavier Church. The procession will take place on Saturday, Dec. 9 following the 5:30 p.m. mass. The procession will stop by the gallery as it traverses through the community. South Broadway Cultural Center has been participating in this community event since 1971.

An altar created by Julieta Carmona will also be on display. The opening art reception is on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Admission is free.

To all of our followers and Friends: We could use your help!

Hi all, and thank you to the many friends and followers.  We are in the process of writing grants for funds. Can you help us?  We need images from your events, your exhibits, your art that you might be willing to share with us as members of our organization. We would love to show the world the wonderful work you make.  You can comment to this post and add your image with title and permission to use or email it to us at news@creativenewmexico.org

Thank you. We love to share what you make..art! Go Art!

Theatre Santa Fe sponsors the first ever Theatre Walk!

Saturday • September 16th,  3 to 6 p.m.

Siler Arts District

(Siler Road/Rufina Street)

Come meet your favorite actors and

find out more about the vibrant theatre groups in town.

Get involved in the theatre scene!

This is a great family fun day, and it’s FREE!

Stroll from one venue to another.

Watch short performances from

fourteen different theatre companies at seven different venues.

Performances start at 3:00 p.m. and will begin every half hour until 5:30.

Eat at the food trucks, enjoy the street performers,

win prizes, and more.  Please join us! Maps will be at each venue.

See you on the street!

Want to volunteer?

Visit us at www.TheatreSantaFe.org


Silver City Arts & Cultural District seeks New Executive

The Silver City Arts & Cultural District (SCACD), a nonprofit located in the Historic District of Silver City, New Mexico, seeks a full-time Executive Director for Arts, Culture, and Tourism. The Executive Director is the principal on-site staff person responsible for coordinating all organizational activities, as well as staff and volunteers. The Executive Director represents the community locally, regionally, and nationally – as appropriate – and guides the organization as its objectives evolve. The position is responsible for management of the SCACD, including the development of tourism promotions – in coordination with Grant County Tourism – for the Town of Silver City through Visit Silver City; management of the Murray Ryan Visitor Center; implementation of the Silver City Arts & Cultural District Cultural Plan; and oversight of all SCACD endeavors, such as the Southwest New Mexico Clay Arts Trail. This position will also help with the annual CLAY Festival, the organization’s signature event.

Qualified applicants should have experience with nonprofit organization management, strategic planning, grant writing, grant administration, arts and cultural programming, tourism marketing, event coordination, public relations, and collaborative community building.

Interested applicants should provide a cover letter, resume, and three professional references for review.

This position has an annual salary of $36,000. It does not provide benefits other than two weeks of paid time off.

Please see the full job listing: http://www.silvercity.org/jobs/info/accounting-executive-director

The application closing date is Friday, August 18, 2017.

News from Americans for the Arts!

The wait is over: On Saturday, June 17, Americans for the Arts released Arts & Economic Prosperity 5, our fifth national study of the economic impact of the nonprofit arts and culture industry. The most comprehensive study of its kind ever conducted, it documents the economic contributions of the arts in 341 diverse communities and regions across the country, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Detailed expenditure data was collected from 14,439 arts and cultural organizations and 212,691 of their attendees.

And the results are just as big. The arts are an engine of economic growth, tourism, and employment.Nationally, in 2015, nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and their audiences: 

  • Generated $166.3 billion in economic activity
  • Supported 4.6 million full-time equivalent jobs
  • Generated $27.5 billion in government revenue

Typical arts attendees:

  • Spent $31.47 per person, per event beyond the cost of admission
  • 69% of nonlocal attendees indicated their primary reason for visiting was “specifically to attend this arts or cultural event.”
Learn More about AEP 5 

“By every measure, the results of Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 prove that the arts are an industry—a generator of government revenue, a cornerstone of tourism, and an employment powerhouse both locally and across the nation.” — Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts

Make Your Case for the Value of the Arts

Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 sends an important message to elected officials and local businesses: Supporting the arts is an investment in economic well-being and quality of life.

Armed with quantifiable data, communities across the country have used Arts & Economic Prosperity studies to argue for pro-arts ballot initiatives, new funding, and increased investments in the arts and culture.

Use free Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 tools and resources to make your case:

  • AmericansForTheArts.org/EconomicImpact: Your portal for all Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 findings, resources, and news.
  • Video and Blog: Hear from Randy Cohen, Americans for the Arts Vice President of Research and Policy, on his key takeaways from the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study.
  • Media Toolkit: Get visibility for your message by communicating with press and media outlets.
  • Social Media Tools: Share the message that the arts mean business with sample tweets and Facebook posts!
  • Order Your Materials

Americans for the Arts offers Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 publications to share with stakeholders in your community, like mayors, board members, business and community leaders, and other elected officials. Order your copies online, by sending an e-mail to bookstore@artsusa.org or calling 202.371.2830.


Learn about the traditional craftsmanship of Woodworking

Free Second Saturday Event at Casa San Ysidro on June 10

CORRALES, NM – Hey woodworking community! Come and be inspired by Casa San Ysidro’s unique furniture collection. Casa San Ysidro, historic house and farm, is holding a free event featuring a fun day of woodworking on Saturday, June 10 between 1 and 4 p.m.

From 2 – 3 p.m., you can hear a talk by Chris Sandoval of Artisans of the Desert  (http://artisansofthedesertstudio.com). He has some really interesting things to say about the wooden furniture collection at Casa and how the pieces were put together.

Chris Sandoval of Artisans of the Desert

Throughout the afternoon, our dynamic partner, Dovetail Community Workshop (http://dovetailworkshop.com), will be doing a  woodworking demonstration on site.

Free admission and programming are offered at Casa San Ysidro from 1 – 4 p.m. on the second Saturday of every month. Visitors are invited to take self-paced tours of this historic property.

The NHCC is Now Accepting Applications for the Herrera Internship That Benefits Hispanic, Female Students

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (3/31/17)–The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) is accepting applications for the Herrera Internship that provides scholarships to Hispanic, female students who complete an internship with the NHCC. Latina students who meet the eligibility requirements can apply for this scholarship by May 15, 2017, and scholarships will be awarded in June, 2017. Applications are available on nhccnm.org/learn.

“I’m pleased to work collaboratively with the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation on the development of a fund that will provide internship opportunities for deserving Latinas throughout New Mexico,” said Dr. Denise Herrera, whose generous donation helped establish the fund in 2016. “As a native of Albuquerque’s South Valley, I cannot think of a better partner than the NHCC Foundation to manage this fund. This fund is in honor of my grandparents and parents (also from Albuquerque) – who did not have the opportunity to pursue higher education.”

To be eligible, applicants must be have lived in New Mexico for at least one year at the time of application, regardless of immigration status; must self-identify as female and Hispanic, Latina, Chicana, or Mexican-American; and must be a high school senior or undergraduate student in good standing who is enrolled at least half time in an accredited college or university in New Mexico. Preference may be given to first generation college students.

Once an applicant is accepted, she will commit to completing an internship in one of the many areas of the NHCC, such as administration, visual arts, performing arts, history and literary arts or education programs.

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 the postdoctoral level. This scholarship is intended to honor that tradition of “lifting others while we climb” and paying it forward.

To contribute to the fund, contact NHCC Foundation Director Anna Sanchez, asanchez@nhccfoundation.org or 505-383-4705. To learn more about applying for the internship, contact Nicole Larrañaga, nicoleR.Larranaga@state.nm.us.

The National Hispanic Cultural Center is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and advancement of Hispanic culture, arts, and humanities, and is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.

If you would like more information about this event or other events at the NHCC, call Kinsey Cooper at 505-377-8968 or email kinsey.cooper@state.nm.us.

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