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Dec 1, 2019
Library Pop-Up Open House
Museum of International Folk Art

Acquaint yourself with all manner of monsters in anticipation of MOIFA’s Yōkai: Ghosts & Demons of Japan exhibition. 

Discover the Bartlett Library & Archives at the Museum of International Folk Art through our 2019 Open House  series, featuring pop-up exhibits exploring the world of folk art and the history of the Museum.  Events take place from 10 am – 2 pm. 

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Dec 1, 2019
Beyond Standing Rock Closing Panel Discussion
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Protecting Chaco Canyon

Join us for the closing of Beyond Standing Rock, a temporary exhibition at MIAC that explores the many health and sacred land infringements made upon Native American sovereignty, including the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in North Dakota. The panel discussion will include Acoma Pueblo Governor Brian Vallo, Adren Kucate (Zuni Pueblo Tribal Councilman and culture expert), and Mark Mitchell (former governor and co-chair of the All Pueblo Council of Governors’ Natural Resources Committee). The panel will focus on recent efforts to protect Chaco Canyon from drilling and fracking, and the success Tribal governments have had in delaying those plans for at least another decade.

 

 

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Dec 4, 2019
Library Open House
New Mexico Museum of Art
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Artist holiday cards

Drop in to the library any time from 1-4PM to see holiday cards handmade by New Mexico artists. Free.

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Dec 4, 2019
Friends of History Lecture Series
New Mexico History Museum
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
The 1776 Expedition of Dominguez and Escalante

In the Summer of 1776, two Franciscan Friars left Santa Fe on a journey to find an overland route to the only other Spanish settlement : Monterey, California. Although they never achieved this goal they instead circumnavigated the Colorado Plateau, created the first map of this region and documented the customs and living situations of the Ute Indians who occupied the regions north of Santa Fe and as far west as the Great Salt Lake. The journey covered 1800 miles and took six months.

Over a five year period Greg Mac Gregor and Siegfreid Halus (now deceased) retraced this route and photographed the terrain and legacy of this expedition.

The photographs in the lecture are from the book : In Search of Dominguez and Escalante (Museum of New Mexico Press) by Mac Gregor and Halus and will be on exhibition at the Palace of the Governors , Santa Fe, during the year 2020.

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Dec 6, 2019
Old Town Holiday Stroll
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Visit Old Town and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science and set the holiday season in motion.

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Dec 6, 2019
Public Opening Reception: Picturing Passion: Artists Interpret the Penitente Brotherhood
New Mexico Museum of Art
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

This exhibition explores artists’ responses to and interpretations of their own experiences and ideas about the Penitent Brotherhood.

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Dec 7, 2019
Lights of Los Luceros
Los Luceros Historic Site
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
A Farolito and Luminaria Event

Join us at the newly designated Los Luceros Historic Site to experience the Holiday traditions of northern New Mexico.

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Dec 7, 2019
High Desert Harp Ensemble
New Mexico Museum of Art
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

A free holiday concert from noon to 1:00pm in the St. Francis Auditorium

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Dec 7, 2019 - Dec 8, 2019
NHCC & Baila! Baila! Present Christmas in New Mexico® 2019
National Hispanic Cultural Center

2 pm—Saturday & Sunday
7 pm—Saturday

Baila! Baila!’s annual holiday show takes audiences on a whirlwind journey through the sights and sounds of Christmas in New Mexico. Music, song, and dance with the traditional Southwestern flair cultivated in our state over the generations, as well as unique segments saluting Christmas traditions from around the world, will delight theatregoers of all ages. The production features a large multigenerational cast including dancers as young as six, as well as Baila! Baila!’s professional company dancers. Special guest performances include Mariachi Tapatio from El Paso, Texas and an appearance by company founder Israela Garcia.

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Dec 8, 2019
Las Posadas: The 43rd annual community celebrated event
New Mexico History Museum
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Please note scheduled date change

Celebrated around the world, Las Posadas recreates Mary and Joseph’s search for a place of shelter in the days leading up to the birth of Jesus. This historic Hispanic version is presented by volunteers from a number of northern New Mexico communities. The candle-lit procession will begin in the Santa Fe Plaza at 5:30pm and conclude in the courtyard of the Palace of the Governors. The public is invited to stay for carols, cookies, and hot cider after the pageant.

The History Museum will close at 3pm to prepare for this free public event.

 

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Dec 8, 2019
Yokai: Ghosts & Demons of Japan- Public Opening
Museum of International Folk Art
Exhibit Opening

Join us for the exhibit opening of  Yokai: Ghosts & Demons of Japan, on December 8, 2019, with free family friendly events, and a ghost house from 1-4pm.

Vivid in Japanese art and imagination are creatures that are at once ghastly and comical. Yokai generally refers to demons, ghosts, shapeshifters, and “strange” and supernatural beings. Specific creatures are commonly associated with classical literature, folklore, theatrical performances, festivals, art, and other forms of expressive culture. Yokai are also prevalent in contemporary Japanese popular culture; you find them in manga (comics), anime (animation), and character-based games such as Pokémon (“pocket monster”). In addition to participatory gallery crafts, the exhibition will include an immersive, (a Japanese “ghost house”), a popular form of entertainment in Japanese amusement parks.

Learn more about the exhibit here: http://www.internationalfolkart.org/exhibition/3810/yokai-ghosts-demons-of-japan

 

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Dec 8, 2019
¡ILUMINARTE! 2019
National Hispanic Cultural Center
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

¡ILUMINARTE! is a winter holiday celebration inspired by luminarias and farolitos—a New Mexico tradition

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Dec 9, 2019
Mineral Workshop
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Learn from the experts how to properly identify minerals at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science at 1801 Mountain Road in Old Town.

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Dec 10, 2019
Sensory Friendly Night at the Museum
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science for a special sensory friendly evening.

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Dec 10, 2019
Ornament Workshop #1
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Painting on Micaceous Clay

Join us for our ornament workshops, a perennial favorite among visitors and locals alike!

On December 10, attendees will paint on pre-fired micaceous clay shapes, including bells and stars. 

On December 12, attendees have a second chance to paint pre-fired micaceous clay shapes.

On December 17, attendees will work with vine wreaths, evergreens, and berries to create a festive holiday decoration.

Finally, on December 19, attendees will work with stamped tin to create an ornament.

These are family-friendly workshops, so bring the kids or grandkids! Adults without children are welcome to participate.

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Dec 11, 2019
Pueblo Pottery Demonstration Series
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
with Lorraine Gala Lewis (Laguna/Taos/Hopi)

When she began working with clay, Gala Lewis embraced a contemporary style, but eventually incorporated figurative form into her work. Later, after studying Pre-Columbian art forms, she delved into that time period. "The work is a true reflection of self, what was felt by that individual at that time in the environment," notes Gala Lewis. "The evolution of shape, form and design reflected changes of lifestyle."

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Dec 11, 2019
How to Navigate a Transcendental Painting: Dynamic Symmetry, Theosophy, & Kandinsky
New Mexico Museum of Art
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Matthew Rowe is an art historian, artist, and gallery director. He is one of the foremost scholars on the Transcendental Painting Group and Non-objective Art.

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Dec 12, 2019
Revealing Untold Stories of Chaco Canyon: Archaeocosmology
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Lecture on solar and lunar astronomy

Lecture from Anna Sofaer, Robert Weiner and Richard Friedman at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science.

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Dec 12, 2019
Ornament Workshop #2
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Painting on Micaceous Clay

Join us for our ornament workshops, a perennial favorite among visitors and locals alike!

On December 10, attendees will paint on pre-fired micaceous clay shapes, including bells and stars. 

On December 12, attendees have a second chance to paint pre-fired micaceous clay shapes.

On December 17, attendees will work with vine wreaths, evergreens, and berries to create a festive holiday decoration.

Finally, on December 19, attendees will work with stamped tin to create an ornament.

These are family-friendly workshops, so bring the kids or grandkids! Adults without children are welcome to participate.

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Dec 13, 2019
Annual Museum Hill Holiday Stroll
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Visit MIAC for the following activities, then visit our fellow Museum Hill partner museums for other entertainment! The Museum Hill Holiday Stroll is free and open to all.

5pm and 6pm: Tewa Women’s Choir in MIAC Theater

5:30pm and 6:30pm: Native American dances

Throughout evening (4pm to 7pm):

-Renata Yazzie (Diné) – pianist – playing a mix of classical and holiday music indoors

-Outdoor tree lighting

-Ornament workshop for adults/families in Museum classroom

-Holiday refreshments

-Traditional Western holiday music played in Navajo

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Dec 13, 2019
Christmas at the Palace
New Mexico History Museum
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
A Santa Fe community favorite since 1982

Now in its 37th year, Santa Fe’s beloved Christmas at the Palace brings communities together for an evening of hot cider, cookies, live music, a chance to operate an antique printing press, old fashioned activities, and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus -- all in the legendary magic of the Palace of the Governors and Courtyard. A free, family event.

(Donations of non-perishable food welcomed.)

The History Museum will close at 3 p.m. to prepare for this event. 

Enter through the Palace of the Governors at 105 W. Palace Ave. The History Museum will remain closed during this free public event.

 

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Dec 13, 2019
Museum Hill Annual Holiday Stroll
Museum of International Folk Art

Join us for the Museum Hill Annual Holiday Stroll from 4-7 pm on Friday December 13th. The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, The Wheelwright Museum and Santa Fe Potanical Garden will all be open and have holiday festivities to enjoy with family and friends!

4-7 pm – Paint a gourd ornament for the holidays, and enjoy refreshments in the Atrium

5:15 – 6:45 in the Vernick Auditorium Pasión Flamenca

Pasión Flamenca is a group of musicians who perform and present the art, heritage, and culture of Flamenco. Made up of guitarists, singers, and percussionists, Pasión Flamenca will share the wonderful sounds of Villancicos, traditional flamenco holiday songs from Spain. This is not Jingle Bells in Spanish but a fabulous rendering of songs dating back to the middle ages on the Iberian peninsula and developing through generations of Gitano communities into the lively and mesmerizing flamenco versions sung today. The group is made up of Luís Campos and Ronaldo Baca on guitar, singer Nicolasa Chávez, and percussionist Fabian Sisneros.

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Dec 14, 2019
Light Among the Ruins
Jemez Historic Site
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The ruins of Giusewa Pueblo and San José de los Jemez Mission will be decorated with hundreds of farolitos. Each evening’s program will include traditional Native American flute music and Jemez Pueblo dancers’ performing between two illuminating bon-fires. The Historic Site will also host an arts and crafts fair and have food available for purchase. Flash photography, drones, and alcohol are prohibited. Those planning on walking to and from the event are encouraged to bring a flashlight and wear reflective clothing. Tickets on sale now. https://www.ampconcerts.org/event/351599/light-among-the-ruins 

 

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Dec 14, 2019 - Dec 15, 2019
Young Native Artists Winter Show & Sale
New Mexico History Museum
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Plese note scheduled date change

Begin collecting art, jewelry, pottery and more from the next generation of Native American artists and craftspeople.

Children and Grandchildren of artists associated with the Palace of the Governors’ Portal Program will demonstrate and sell their own arts and crafts in the New Mexico History Museum.

Free event

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Dec 14, 2019
Las Noches de Las Luminarias
Fort Selden Historic Site

Join us for this Southwest tradition as over eight hundred glowing candles surround the Fort ruins. Enjoy holiday music, a cozy campfire, and a warm cup of cheer as you tour the grounds. Make your own holiday decorations while you enjoy the sights and sounds of the season. Please dress warmly. Admission: $5 for adults. Children 16 and under are free.

Sponsored by the Museum of NM Foundation. Cash or checks only. Please call 575-202-1638 for more information.

NM I-25, Exit 19, Radium Springs – Follow the signs

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Dec 15, 2019
Nacimiento Open House with J. Paul Taylor
Taylor-Barela-Reynolds-Mesilla Historic Site
12:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us for a fascinating afternoon as you view more than 185 nacimientos (nativity scenes) on display in the Taylor family home. This impressive collection and the open house have become a local holiday tradition. The home is located at 2346 Calle Principal on the Old Mesilla Plaza. Free to members of the Friends of the Taylor Family Monument. $5 for non-members. Sponsored by the Friends of the Taylor Family Monument and New Mexico Historic Sites.

For more information contact the Friends at ftfm.mesilla.nm@gmail.com or call 575-202-1638.

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Dec 15, 2019
Los Pastores de Belén
National Hispanic Cultural Center
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Los Pastores, the New Mexican Shepherds Play, was brought to New Mexico in 17th century from Spain. The play follows the adventures, antics, and battles of shepherds, angels, and devils.

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Dec 17, 2019
Folk Art Afternoons at the Libraries
Museum of International Folk Art
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

At Santa Fe Southside Library:

Tuesday Dec. 17th – Peruvian Retablos

Join us for free folk art family programs! Learn about folk art and cultures around the world through hands-on art making. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please take note of the specific dates and activities. All events take place from 3:30-4:30pm.

Produced In Partnership with Museum of International Folk Art and Santa Fe Public Library. For more information, please contact Kemely Gomez at 505-476-1215.

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Dec 17, 2019
Ornament Workshop #3
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Evergreen and Berry Wreaths

Join us for our ornament workshops, a perennial favorite among visitors and locals alike!

On December 10, attendees will paint on pre-fired micaceous clay shapes, including bells and stars. 

On December 12, attendees have a second chance to paint pre-fired micaceous clay shapes.

On December 17, attendees will work with vine wreaths, evergreens, and berries to create a festive holiday decoration.

Finally, on December 19, attendees will work with stamped tin to create an ornament.

These are family-friendly workshops, so bring the kids or grandkids! Adults without children are welcome to participate.

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Dec 18, 2019
Let’s Take a Look!
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
MIAC Curators Examine Your Treasures

MIAC Curators gather in the lobby of the Museum on the third Wednesday of each month awaiting whatever treasures may walk through the door. This is your opportunity to bring a family heirloom, something special from your collection, or a piece you know nothing about. Naturally, they prefer items from the American Southwest (in keeping with the museum’s focus), but they will check out anything you bring in.

Federal law prohibits curators from "appraising" any items, but they will direct you to appropriate resources. For more information, visit this page: http://indianartsandculture.org/lets-take-a-look.

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Dec 18, 2019
Inspired By Nature: Holiday Ornament Painting
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Join the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science for a unique holiday event.

Paint a gourd harvested from our own Sandia Mountain Natural History Center for the holidays.

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Dec 19, 2019
Ornament Workshop #4
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Stamped Tin Designs

Join us for our ornament workshops, a perennial favorite among visitors and locals alike!

On December 10, attendees will paint on pre-fired micaceous clay shapes, including bells and stars. 

On December 12, attendees have a second chance to paint pre-fired micaceous clay shapes.

On December 17, attendees will work with vine wreaths, evergreens, and berries to create a festive holiday decoration.

Finally, on December 19, attendees will work with stamped tin to create an ornament.

These are family-friendly workshops, so bring the kids or grandkids! Adults without children are welcome to participate.

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Dec 20, 2019
Creative Mornings
New Mexico History Museum
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Global Theme: Silence

Please join Cinematographer and drone pilot, Luke Fitch who will address the global theme of Silence. 

Free event. Morning refreshments provided by Iconik Coffee Roasters.

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Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 21, 2019
NHCC and Festival Ballet Albuquerque Present The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment
National Hispanic Cultural Center

7 pm—Friday, Saturday & Sunday
2 pm—Saturday & Sunday

Festival Ballet Albuquerque, with choreography by Patricia Dickinson Wells and full live orchestra under the baton of Maestro Guillermo Figueroa, presents an original production, The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment. The beloved holiday classic comes to life in territorial New Mexico, with surprises including Spanish dancers, southwestern snakes, sheep and shepherdesses, a lively fandango, and a storyteller doll with children, in addition to traditional favorites such as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Snowflakes, and Flowers. The perfect holiday treat for the whole family!

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Dec 21, 2019 - Jan 3, 2019
Young Explorers Camp at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Children’s camp for winter break offered at Museum.

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Dec 22, 2019
Holiday Open House
New Mexico Museum of Art
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Puppet plays, art making projects, photos with Santa Claus, and other holiday festivities 12-4pm

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Dec 25, 2019
Museum Christmas Holiday Closure
New Mexico History Museum
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Notice: The New Mexico History Museum will be closed for the Christmas Holiday on Wednesday, December 25, only. We will re-open on Thursday, December 26.

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas, and beautiful holiday season!

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Dec 31, 2019
Travel the Hispanic World on New Year’s Eve
National Hispanic Cultural Center
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the National Hispanic Cultural Center by touring 12 stations with interactive activities.  

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