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.

Celebrate Carnaval 2017 at the NHCC with Dancing, Music, and Prizes!

ALBUQUERQUE, NM. — During Carnaval 2017, the National Hispanic Cultural Center and Frank Leto Musical Ventures will turn the Albuquerque Journal Theatre into the set of a television dance show, where the Odara Dance Ensemble and the band PANdemonium will take you on a journey through the Carnaval traditions of Cuba, Trinidad, Brazil, and New Orleans, in addition to providing a space to dance and opportunities to win prizes. The show, a dazzling spectacle of vibrant dance, engaging music, and beautiful costumes, is Friday and Saturday, February 24-25 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $17, $22, and $27, and may be purchased at www.nhccnm.org, or from the NHCC Box Office, in person or at (505) 724-4771.

Frank Leto is a multidimensional artist who has found a balance between professional musician and professional educator. His lifelong pursuit of musical knowledge has led him to appreciate the music of many cultures, and his talent as a composer has allowed him to share this love for music with his peers, students, and community. A talented instrumentalist, Frank plays Brazilian percussion, Afro-Cuban percussion, and Trinidadian steel drums; his band PANdemonium features him on vocals, steel drums and percussion. Frank writes all the music for the band, which blends diverse musical styles such as reggae, ska, soca, calypso, samba, salsa, and zouk into its own unique sound. PANdemonium has recorded two world music CDs.

Pilar Leto, a creative and well-versed dancer, choreographer, and producer, is the founder and Artistic Director of the Odara Dance Ensemble. She has been actively performing and instructing Brazilian, Caribbean, and Afro-Cuban dance in San Francisco, Japan, Philippines, Hawaii, and now Albuquerque, for more than 25 years, and travels extensively to perform and continue her studies of the dances of South America and the Caribbean. The Odara Dance Ensemble performs regularly for community and cultural events; and appears nationally and internationally as well.

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.

Add your organization’s “voice” to Creative New Mexico

 Our Mission  – Support community and statewide arts & culture organizations and ensure quality experience throughout New Mexico.

The Need  – New Mexico has an outstanding set of cultural assets and a high concentration of creative people. As a result arts & culture activities contribute over 5.6 Billion Dollars to New Mexico’s economy, account for 1 out of every 10 jobs and have a huge impact on tourism. Improving our unique quality of life and increased growth of the creative industries across New Mexico requires a statewide focus.

Our Priorities  – We represent the diverse voices from all geographic sectors of our creative economy and provide coordinated statewide advocacy by

  • building awareness of arts & culture’s economic impact on local communities and the state
  • educating policy makers about the importance of arts & culture to our quality of life as well as our economic well being
  • developing a strong network and information resource

Add your organization to our growing membership – Creative New Mexico is supported primarily through low basic membership fees of $50 for small organizations and contributor or sponsor memberships at higher rates for larger organizations.

Key Organization Membership Benefits

  • a stronger collective “voice” to advocate for increased arts & culture funding and a vehicle to tell your own story on an easy to use online community platform.
  • more information re what ideas and partnerships are successful across the state,
  •  knowledge about marketing tools and emerging technologies
  • insights on best practices for the creative industries
  • ability to give all of your own members access to Creative New Mexico’s offerings     

Visit our website http://www.creativenewmexico.org/membership/ for more information and to sign up.  You can pay for your membership using a credit card or download a membership form and send a check to Creative New Mexico, PO Box 1093, Santa Fe, NM 87504.

Creative New Mexico is organized and operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Membership fees and donations are tax deductible within the full extent of the law.

Thank you for joining our efforts to “Expand the Horizons of Arts and Culture in New Mexico!”

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Attention State Arts Agencies

Dear SAA Executive Directors:

I’m passing along an article that some of you have already seen.  As reported in The Hill, two members of the Trump transition team met with career White House staff members to “outline their plans for shrinking the federal bureaucracy.”  The article suggests massive federal cuts that include the elimination of the NEA.  This is bad news, yet I’m not sounding the alarm bell for immediate action.  This is an important time to be strategic and calm.  However, in the short term, here’s what you should know:

  • The federal budget process is a long one; it requires public participation, and we’re extremely early in the game.
  • Although it was reported that two presidential transition team staff members support the position outlined in the article, we have not confirmed that top-level officials within the Trump White House agree with this or have committed to push this agenda anytime soon.  We’re on it and aim to find out.
  • Keep in mind that national arts service organizations’ CEOs and lobbyists are already at work on the presidential transition.  As a community of arts advocates, we’re focused on the welfare of the NEA, and collectively, we’re on this.
  • Also keep in mind that we’ve worked hard to gain and have achieved Republican and Democratic supporters in Congress, especially among appropriators.  We’ll certainly call upon those supporters moving forward.  In fact, Isaac Brown and I already have an appropriations appointment on the hill set for next week; we’ll gain further information there as well.
  • As events unfold, we’ll keep you informed, and we’ll definitely let you know when and what action is needed.  Your Congressional calls will be very important, and I’ll let you know when they can be most influential.  We’ll also send this communication to your public information officers to assist them in fielding questions from constituents.
  • Please stay tuned!  Please keep the faith!



Pam Breaux, Chief Executive Officer

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

1200 18th St NW, Suite 1100

Washington, DC 20036

Phone: 202-347-6352



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Historic KiMo Theatre announces 90th Anniversary Programming

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Larry Parker


Historic KiMo Theatre announces 90th
Anniversary Programming
Movies, music and more planned for year-long celebration

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – A milestone is among us as the KiMo Theatre celebrates its 90th anniversary in September this year. From Vivian Vance to Bryan Cranston, from The Nutcracker to Finding Nemo, the KiMo’s stage and screen have hosted an array of events since opening its doors in 1927. A year-long season of celebration is underway with a variety of events full of rich history, culture and entertainment planned.

Films adapted from Pulitzer Prize-winning books, performances,

Photo courtesy of Marble Street Studio

a special screening of a  classic 1926 Buster Keaton comedy with a live orchestra and the New Mexico Poetry Showcase are just a few planned events. Many of the events will be offered free to the public so the entire community can partake in the season of celebration.
The schedule of signature events kicks off at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27 with an evening with Douglas Preston, author of City of the Lost Monkey God: A True Story. Preston was recently seen on CBS Sunday Morning to discuss his journey into the unknown heart of the world’s densest jungle. A Word with Writers – a Q&A format with noted authors – features C.J. Box, author of the Joe Pickett series, on Friday, March 24 and a launch event for Anne Hillerman’s third novel Song of the Lion on Thursday, April 13. This series is in partnership with The Albuquerque Public Library Foundation and Bookworks.

Four Sunday afternoon Chautaqua performances, presented in partnership with the New Mexico Humanities Council, are scheduled:

Billie Holiday: Singin’ the Blues with Brenda Hollingsworth-Marley on Feb. 12; Music From the Ranch and the Open Range with Dr. Steve Cormier on March 26; Ritual and Traditional New Mexican Folk Music with Dr. Cipriano Vigil and family on April 23; and Sephardic Jews in N.M. – Stories and Songs with Consuelo Luz on June 25. All show times are 2 p.m.
Plenty of movies will fill the screen at this historic picture palace this year. Scheduled are seven award-winning films based on Pulitzer Prize winners, the Holiday Family Film Festival featuring all eight Harry Potter movies and the 90th Halloween Weekend Horror Film Festival. The 90th anniversary signature film will be Buster Keaton’s The General showing at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16. The Alloy Orchestra will return to the KiMo to perform their original score to this silent comic classic.

For a full list of 90th anniversary events, please visit www.kimotickets.com.

A brief history on the KiMo: The genius behind the theatre was Oreste Bachechi, a motivated entrepreneur from humble origins. Bachechi came to the United States in 1885 and set up a business in a tent near the railroad tracks in Albuquerque. He envisioned a unique Southwestern style theater and hired Carl Boller of the Boller Brothers to design it. The Bollers had designed several “atmospheric theaters” throughout the Midwest and Western United States and Boller’s design, which is often called Pueblo Deco, was met with great enthusiasm by Bachechi. After a large fire in the 1960s followed by further disrepair, theater was slated for destruction. The KiMo was saved in 1977 when voters in Albuquerque passed a bond allowing the City of purchase the theater and move forward with renovations.

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.

National Hispanic Cultural Center December Events

NHCC Campus Closings 

With much respect for the importance of celebrating holidays with family and friends, the NHCC will have several closures over the holidays to ensure that staff are able to take some much-deserved leave.

  • The Box Office will be closed Dec. 19-26. If you need tickets during this time, we encourage you to purchase them through our website.
  • The Education Building will be closed Dec. 23-Jan. 6.
  • The Art Museum and the Library will close at 2 pm on Dec. 24.
  • Pop Fizz will be closed Dec. 24-Jan. 2.
  • The entire NHCC campus will be closed Dec. 25-26 and Jan. 1-2.

In gratitude for your support of our staff’s holiday rest, we will be offering free entrance to the Art Museum on Dec. 23 and Jan. 8. 

Bilingual Preschool Storytime

On Dec. 22 from 10-11 am, bring your pre-school-aged childstorytimeren to ¡Hora de Cuentos! at the NHCC History and Literary Arts Library to hear Call Me A Tree by Christine Gonzales and Water Rolls, Water Rises by Pat Mora.

Fridays @ M’tucci’s Cocina Grill

Join M’tucci’s Cocina Grill on Fridays between 11 am and 8 pm for a lunch or dinner buffet that features a changing and eclectic variety of Latino dishes and international favorites. There also is a full service bar that serves cocktails, including fresh Margaritas, Palomas, and a variety of beer and wine.

All We Want for Xmas is A Nomad’s Heart by Zeke Peña!

Please help us give Zeke Peña’s inspiring piece, A Nomad’s Heart, a permanent home in our Art Museum collection by donating here. You also can come see the piece in zekepenaperson during regular museum hours and you can learn more about Zeke and what this piece means to him in his artist’s statement.

Join the Family: Become an NHCC Member

Whether you’ve never been a member or you haven’t been recently, consider joining the NHCC family in 2017. NHCC members receive unlimited, free admission to the NHCC Art Museum; a discount of 10% at La Tiendita, the NHCC Foundation gift store; a discount of 25% off Institute Cervantes’ Spanish classes; a discount of 10% at Pop Fizz Paleteria and 20% at M’tucci’s Cocina Grill, both located at the NHCC; automatic, night-of seat(s) upgrade at NHCC performances (subject to availability); insider information about NHCC happenings; and invitations to special events, like previews of plays, exhibitions and more.

Visit our website at www.nhccnm.org for even more event and exhibition offerings!!    #chooseculture @NHCCNM

National Hispanic Cultural Center Receives Grant from W. K. Kellogg Foundation!

Congratulations to the NHCC!!

NHCC Receives Grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to Promote Community Healing Through the Arts

ALBUQUERQUE, NM. 12/16/2016 –The National Hispanic Cultural Center and Foundation are pleased to announce that we have received a $150,000 planning grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to bring our community together to work through the deep historical and contemporary issues that falsely divide us by race, gender and more. The grant will allow the NHCC to plan story-sharing and community dialogues to occur in 2018, and the creation of commissioned artwork that draws from these community stories and are presented in 2019.

“We believe in the power of our New Mexico community to openly and honestly work together through and beyond the false hierarchy of human value that has defined our history, so that it will not define our future,” said NHCC Executive Director Rebecca Avitia. “By empowering artists to create works from the wisdom shared by the people of our state as they engage in deep and meaningful dialogue about their divided experiences, both historical and contemporary, we believe we can create more than beautiful artwork. We can create the very foundation of healing our state and community are ready for.”

The NHCC intends to invite many community organizations and individuals of all backgrounds, identities and ages, to participate in both planning and the community dialogues, providing input on artist commissions, and presenting the devised work. Those interested in being a part of this effort should contact Avitia at rebecca.avitia@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.

NHCC Wins Best in Show at Dia de los Muertos y Marigolds Parade & Celebration

Photo Credit: Melody Mock
Photo Credit: Melody Mock
ALBUQUERQUE, NM. 11/15/2016–The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) is excited to announce that its float won the prize for best in show at the annual Dia de los Muertos y Marigolds Parade and Celebration on Nov. 6. The NHCC entry featured a host of NHCC staff and volunteers juggling, walking on stilts, playing original music and carrying larger-than-life skeletons down the parade route, which ran from the Bernalillo Sheriff Substation to the Westside Community Center.

NHCC’s goals in building the float were to create a message of unity and inclusiveness. The main part of the float was a large Tree of Life inspired by Central Mexican culture, honoring the diversity of the American continent, and multiple giant Catrina heads surrounded by images of inspiration created by NHCC’s Circo Latino students, which is part of the Center’s summer institute series.

The project was created and directed by David Torres, programs coordinator for education at the NHCC and director of Circo Latino, one of four summer institutes for youth held at the NHCC each year. Torres was assisted by three talented artists, Micaela Seidel, Gina Shorten and Nicolas Cifuentes. Volunteers from the community, including from NHCC’s Circo Latino program, helped build and perform on the float.

NHCC also won best in show at the Dia de los Muertos y Marigold Parade and Celebration in 2013.

To watch a video of the NHCC award-winning entry, visit our YouTube page.

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 575-644-4306 or email kinsey.cooper@state.nm.us.

Critical Letter from New Mexico Arts to Rural Arts Councils

Dear Rural Arts Leaders,

As you may know, the New Mexico state budget is under severe pressure this year and many cuts have now been passed into law. In addition to a $2.5M sweep of public art funds administered by New Mexico Arts, the Department of Cultural Affairs must reduce its operating budget by 5.5%. This cut is on top of earlier cuts made at the beginning of the fiscal year.

The reduction in the DCA operating budget has also impacted New Mexico Arts. So far we have been able to absorb these cuts through staff vacancies and the cancelation or reduction of programs. We have not made any reductions to current year grants funding – so far.

On Friday, November 18 at 11am the Legislative Finance Committee will hold a meeting to review the DCA budget, which includes New Mexico Arts. Our grants funding from the state for this current year may be on the table.

This is a great opportunity for you to:

  1. Come to the Legislative Finance Committee meeting and show your support for the DCA budget and especially for state funds for our arts services grants. (Please let us know if you decide to do this so someone may introduce you.)
  2. Contact the leaders of the Legislative Finance Committee and let them know how important DCA, and specifically New Mexico Arts funding, is to your organization. (Some members are under the mistaken impression that our grants are too small to matter and that funds only go to Santa Fe and Albuquerque.) Here is a link to the committee members: https://www.nmlegis.gov/Entity/LFC/Committee_Information Click on their names for their contact information.
  3. Contact your local legislators and let them know what is happening. Ask them to contact Legislative Finance Committee members in support of your funding. It is especially important that legislators receive your input about the importance of New Mexico Arts grants to your Anything you can do to convey the impact and importance the grant you receive will be extremely helpful.

Any support you can give at this critical time for arts and culture and New Mexico Arts grant funding is much appreciated.

Below is a recent op ed piece that appeared in the Albuquerque Journal.



PS Legislative Finance Committee meetings are subject to changes in time and location so be sure to check on the day if you plan to attend.

Jenice E. Gharib

Grants Program Manager

Arts & Cultural Districts/Local Arts Councils

Arts Trails/Economic & Entrepreneurial Development

New Mexico Arts / Department of Cultural Affairs


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