New Mexico State Library | May 22, 2019
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) - The New Mexico State Library has identified this year’s statewide Summer Reading theme, A Universe of Stories, to tie into the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Public libraries around the state will be offering space-themed programs as well as offering incentives encouraging children, teens and adults to read all summer long.
Participating in a summer reading program has been proven to help students prevent the “summer slide” which is a significant drop in test scores between school years. Last year, more than 94,000 people participated in a summer reading program in New Mexico.
Department of Cultural Affairs | May 20, 2019
(Santa Fe, New Mexico ) – The free New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs Museums & Historic Sites Guide for Summer/Fall 2019 is now available online at 2019 Summer/Fall Guide,
This season’s guide cover features world-renowned designer Alexander Girard’s Abstraction of the image Old Sun, Environmental Enrichment Panel created in 1971 for Herman Miller, from the Vitra Design Museum Collection and the Alexander Girard Estate.
National Hispanic Cultural Center | May 16, 2019
Albuquerque, N.M.--The logo/image designed by Albuquerque artist Zahra Marwan for the 2019 National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) Children’s Bilingual Book Festival has been shortlisted for the 2019 World Illustration Awards. The image, titled, "Mi abuela tiene un caballo blanco/My grandma has a white horse," was commissioned by the NHCC and Artful Life and is being considered under the "New Talent" category.
Department of Cultural Affairs | May 16, 2019
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) -- The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of Billy G. Garrett as interim director of the New Mexico Museum of History and Palace of the Governors. Garrett’s career has focused on management of cultural resources, environmental design, community planning and organizational management. He retired from the National Park Service after 26 years of service, bringing a strong background as a manager and architect, with significant experience with historic structures. A third generation New Mexican, he returned home following retirement, serving as a two-term Doña Ana County Commissioner (2010-2018). Garrett has a strong commitment to public engagement and public-private partnerships.
Department of Cultural Affairs | May 16, 2019
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) - Celebrating the tenth summer of Blue Star Museums, the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families announce that museums nationwide, including New Mexico’s eight state-run museums and Historic Sites under the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), have signed on to provide free admission to our nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families this summer. The 2019 program begins earlier than past years, starting Saturday, May 18, 2019, Armed Forces Day, ending Monday, September 2, 2019, Labor Day. Military families can find the list of participating museums at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture | May 15, 2019
The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) will say goodbye to two exhibitions, Hweeldi: The Woven Tribute and Lifeways of the Southern Athabaskans while celebrating its newest accolade from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on June 2, 2019. The celebration will offer light refreshments as well as hands-on activities for children. Guest speakers Oliver Enjady (Mescalero Apache), Vernon Petago (Jicarilla Apache), and Vida Vigil-Garcia (Jicarilla Apache) will discuss the Southern Athabaskan language at 2:00 p.m. with closing comments from Joyce Begay-Foss (Diné), and Dinéhtah dancers will perform at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science | May 15, 2019
(Grand Canyon, Arizona) - An international team of paleontologists has united to study important fossil footprints recently discovered in a remote location within Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. A large sandstone boulder contains several exceptionally well-preserved trackways of primitive tetrapods (four-footed animals) which inhabited an ancient desert environment. The 280-million-year-old fossil tracks date to almost the beginning of the Permian Period, prior to the appearance of the earliest dinosaurs.
The first scientific article reporting fossil tracks from the Grand Canyon was published in 1918, just a year before the park was established as a unit of the National Park Service. One hundred years later, during the Centennial Celebration for Grand Canyon National Park, new research on ancient footprints from the park is being presented in a scientific publication released this week. Brazilian paleontologist Dr. Heitor Francischini, from the Laboratory of Vertebrate Paleontology, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, is the lead author of the new publication, working with scientists from Germany and the United States.
National Hispanic Cultural Center | May 13, 2019
Albuquerque, N.M.--The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) is accepting applications for the 2019 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 June 28, 2019, by 5 p.m., and scholarships will be awarded for the school year that begins Fall 2019. Applications are available at nhccnm.org/learn.
New Mexico Museum of Art | May 9, 2019
The New Mexico Museum of Art’s (NMMoA) 20th-century sculpture exhibition, Carved & Cast: 20thCentury New Mexican Sculpture, will extend its run through the summer until July 28, 2019. The exhibition takes a look at regional sculpture styles specific to the Southwest, centering the medium in its own conversation about innovation and craft.
New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum | May 8, 2019
The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum will celebrate an old tradition with the annual Blessing of the Fields procession on Wednesday, May 15.
At 10 a.m., the colorful procession around the Museum grounds begins with the blessing the animals, plants, acequia and fresh-baked bread. Visitors who come to the Museum to participate in the procession from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. will not be charged admission.
Museum of International Folk Art | May 7, 2019
On a stretch of road no more than a mile long, the Experience Santa Fe collaboration presents a summer of culture on Museum Hill from late May 2019, to early September 2019. Together, the International Folk Art Market (IFAM) and the Santa Fe Botanical Garden host more than fifty artists from around the world, turning the hill into a summer destination, all its own.
Fort Selden Historic Site | May 1, 2019
Make this Mother’s Day weekend one to remember and take Mom to Fort Selden’s Mother’s Day Vintage Fashion Show! The event is being held Saturday, May 11 from 2 – 4 p.m. at Fort Selden Historic Site.
Museum of International Folk Art | Apr 30, 2019
The summer of Girard begins on Sunday, May 5, 2019, as Vitra Design Museum’s retrospective Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe opens at the Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA). The exhibition, in combination with MOIFA’s folk art collection gifted by Alexander and Susan Girard, provides a complete picture of this beloved modern designer who made Santa Fe his home for 40 years. The museum will host a public opening and reception on May 5, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. including a discussion panel from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Jemez Historic Site | Apr 30, 2019
(Jemez Springs, New Mexico) – This summer, the Jemez Historic Site will once again host the Hummingbird Music Camp Concert Series every Saturday evening between June and July 27 (see below for media resources).
Students at Hummingbird Music Camp will perform outdoors at San Jose de los Jemez Mission at the historic site, Saturday evenings from 6-8 p.m. You can listen to their melodies while exploring the historic site after hours.
New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum | Apr 29, 2019
Dave DuBois, the State Climatologist for New Mexico, will talk about climate change in New Mexico and especially its relation to agriculture at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces on May 9.
Los Luceros Historic Site | Apr 25, 2019
(Alcalde, New Mexico) -- During the 2019, the New Mexico State Legislature passed a bill designating Los Luceros as the state’s newest Historic Site. On Saturday, May 25, visitors are invited to Explore Los Luceros! in a daylong symposium that concludes with a ‘pre-contact’ Pueblo dinner..
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science | Apr 23, 2019
(Albuquerque, New Mexico) -- The lobby at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is evolving dramatically over the next few weeks, the beginning of many upgrades planned at the state’s most popular museum through the end of the year. These include upgrades to the Planetarium, Volcano and Earthquake exbibits later in the fall. The most obvious changes will greet visitors immediately as soon as they walk into the atrium.
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science | Apr 17, 2019
The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science has extended the stay of two current exhibitions Drugs: Costs and Consequences; and, Brain: The Inside Story. through the Fall of 2019. Brain: The Inside Story has been extended through Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. This exhibition draws on the most current research and technology to present neuroscience, highlighting the brain’s surprising ability to rewire itself in response to experience, disability or trauma. Drugs: Costs & Consequences has been extended through Dec. 8, 2019. The traveling exhibition is from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Museum and the DEA Education Foundation. Entrance to both exhibitions is included in the museum admission cost.
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture | Apr 16, 2019
On August 11, 2019, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) presents San Ildefonso Pottery, 1600—1930, —an examination of pottery from 1600-1930, on view until August 31, 2020. The exhibition centers on refocusing San Ildefonso’s cultural and artistic histories through their own narratives and perspectives. The large body of work prompts discussion about the meanings of these preeminent art forms and fosters an appreciation for the artists of San Ildefonso. MIAC proudly hosts San Ildefonso Pottery, 1600—1930, as the first exhibition to showcase more than three centuries worth of internationally recognized artistry.
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science | Apr 16, 2019
(Albuquerque, New Mexico) – The topic for this month’s New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMSHD) $5 First Friday on May 3 is the dangers of drugs and the cost to our community.
Each first Friday evening of the month, the museum is open 5:30 – 9 p.m. with a special admission rate of $5 per person for the museum, which usually includes special displays on a topic in science.
In conjunction with the museum’s exhibit Drugs: Costs and Consequences, this First Friday event will focus on the dangers of drugs and its impact on society. Representatives from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, Albuquerque Police Department and other law enforcement officials will be on hand to answer questions. The goal is to educate the public about the consequences of drugs as well as drug prevention and treatment.
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science | Apr 15, 2019
(Albuquerque, New Mexico) -- The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is participating in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday April 27, 2019 from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. at the Museum. Take-Back Day is a safe and convenient way to dispose of prescription drugs. The event gives the community a chance to properly dispose of expired and unused prescription medications.
Department of Cultural Affairs | Apr 12, 2019
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) - The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs announces that Jemez historic sites and four museums will be open on Easter, while other properties will be closed. The Los Luceros Historic Site will host an Easter egg hunt Saturday, April 20.
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture | Apr 4, 2019
On May 4, 2019, the Center for New Mexico Archaeology (CNMA), an affiliate of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC), will collaborate with Audubon New Mexico to host Audubon Day: A Celebration of Birds, at CNMA from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event coincides with Birds: Spiritual Messengers of the Skies, an exhibition currently on view at CNMA, and celebrates the importance of birds across the Southwest.
New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum | Apr 4, 2019
Thirty-four of artist Dinah Swan’s pastel paintings are featured in the show, "Animals of the Southwest," opening April 12 at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. A free artist’s reception, including refreshments, is scheduled for April 14 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
New Mexico State Library | Apr 4, 2019
Santa Fe, N.M. – The New Mexico State Library has announced the state level champions of the 2019 Letters About Literature competition. This annual writing contest for young readers in grades 4 through 12 is made possible by a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and is administered nationally by the Library of Congress Center for the Book.
Letters About Literature encourages young readers in grades 4 -12 to read a book and write a personal letter to the author explaining how the book changed or shaped their perspective on themselves or the world. The New Mexico State Library manages the state level program and submits a champion to the national competition for each of the three levels.
Galen Yane, a fifth grade student at Cien Aguas International School in Albuquerque, is the Level 1 champion. Galen wrote his letter to Gordon Korman about his book, Schooled.
Rowaina Alaini, an eighth grade student at Desert Ridge Middle School in Albuquerque, is the Level 2 champion. Her letter is addressed to Enchanted Air author, Margarita Engle.
Emily Freeman, a tenth grade student at East Mountain High School in Sandia Park, is the Level 3 champion. Emily wrote her letter to Ned Vizzini about his book, It’s Kind of a Funny Story.
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture | Apr 2, 2019
Join the Museum of Indians Arts and Culture (MIAC) for an outdoors Earth Day celebration from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with a lecture, book signing and reception from 2:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2019.
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science | Apr 1, 2019
Want a great way to rejuvenate after a long work week? Unwind, relax, hit the dance floor, and learn about what dancing does to your brain at the This is your Brain on Dance happening Friday, April 19th at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science from 6-10:30 p.m.
New Mexico History Museum | Mar 29, 2019
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) – Shoulder to shoulder, women from different backgrounds performing nontraditional jobs are the featured topic of the New Mexico History Museum’s new exhibition We the Rosies: Women at Work. The exhibition opened March 1 and runs for a year through Feb. 29, 2020.
New Mexico Museum of Art | Mar 27, 2019
The New Mexico Museum of Art presents Social & Sublime: Land, Place, and Art, an artists’ response to the relationship between the American people and nature, on view from April 13 to August 25, 2019. The exhibition explores artistic trends through the museum’s in-house collection, challenging the idea that people are somehow detached from their environment.
New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum | Mar 27, 2019
Dr. Zohrab Samani and Dr. Hatim Geli each will give presentations in the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum’s Theater at 7 p.m. on April 11 about how satellites are being used to gather information to aid water management in New Mexico.