New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs

Click Here: Innovations in Archaeology, Family Mornings Return, Learn to Salsa, and More

July 28, 2020


SANTA FE – 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.

This week includes three outstanding programs:

Make sure to check out the final episode of the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and the Center for New Mexico Archaeology online lecture series “Innovation in Archaeology” at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29. Dr. Lewis Borck of the University of Missouri will discuss how archaeologists and historians create history and how that can erase the history of commoners, particularly of their politics and revolutions. These hour-long virtual lectures focus on scholars who provide alternate perspectives to viewing the past in the Southwest.

Family Mornings at the Museum of International Folk Art are back, as a monthly interactive virtual program featuring grab-and-go art kits. The program is run through Zoom and includes a story time and show-and-tell time for the children to share their artwork. The next Family Morning event will be held at 10 a.m. on Sunday, August 9. The theme for the month is “Tricksters and Yokai,” and program kits will be available for pick up the Friday or Saturday prior to the event. Click here to register.

Improve your mental, emotional, and physical health during this time of social distancing by learning how to dance salsa. With a collection of videos on YouTube, Jessica Montoya, the director of the Baile Program for the National Hispanic Cultural Center, teaches you the steps and other moves associated with this popular style of dancing, including instructions for beginners.   

Here are other interesting programs from across the Department:

•  The New Mexico Museum of Art will be releasing a virtual activity series featuring four women artists from their collection. The first packet will be published this week and will focus on Pansy Stockton, an assemblage artist who showed her work at the museum in the 1940s and 1950s. 

•  New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum has launched its new website, which can be found at Among the revamped content includes videos of children’s book readings and fiber arts demonstrations related to the museum.

•  The Historic Preservation Division continued its Facebook series “This Week in New Mexico History” on July 25, with a post about the Albert Schmidt home and studio in Tesuque. The series focuses on buildings and structures across the state listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

•  Explore the New Mexico History Museum’s YouTube channel for a series of new videos from its Harvey Girls exhibit.    

More information related to social media and online resources for each division of DCA is available upon request.

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