DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS NEWS
This week includes three outstanding programs.
Explore the latest online programming from the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), bringing the state’s unique blend of cultures into your home through its museums, historic sites, and cultural institutions.
The History and Literary Arts department at the National Hispanic Cultural Center presents the latest online lecture in the series Tertulia Histórica Albuquerque “From Sea To Sand: Holy Week Traditions of Spain, New Mexico and the Philippines” via Zoom on March 20. The presentation will discuss the various traditions of Semana Santa (Holy Week), beginning with their origins in Spain and how they then spread around the world. The lecture will concentrate specifically on two former Spanish colonies – the northernmost frontier of Nueva España, New Mexico, and the Philippines. Register for this free event here.
The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture will be hosting a new pottery demonstration series on Zoom beginning on March 10. The first demonstration will feature Santa Fe clay artist Randall “Randy” Chitto, a past winner of the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts Fellowship and a Dubin Fellow at the School of Advance Research, whose work has appeared at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, the Denver Art Museum, and the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington.
The exhibition “Música Buena: Hispano Folk Music of New Mexico” at the Museum of International Folk Art is now available for viewing online. On exhibit at the museum since 2019, “Música Buena” focuses on the rich history of traditional Hispano music, from the arrival of the Spanish through the present, featuring about 75 objects from the museum’s permanent collection and from private collections across the state.
Here are other interesting programs from across the Department:
• The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum website has added new coloring pages available for download and print, featuring breeds of cattle on display at the museum.
• The latest “This Week in History” post on the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division Facebook page examines the old Hilton Hotel, now known as the Hotel Andaluz, in Albuquerque.
• Watch as six high school students from across New Mexico compete in the Poetry Out Loud state finals via Zoom at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 14. The winner will go on to represent New Mexico in the national finals later this spring.
• When riding your bike in the Sandia Mountains, make sure to slow down so that you won’t miss something that could be from out of this world. To learn more, check out the latest Quick Trip video on the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center YouTube channel, in partnership with the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science.
More information related to social media and online resources for each division of DCA, including photos, is available upon request.