New Mexico State Library | May 7, 2018
The New Mexico State Library has announced the state level champions of the 2018 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.
Kaelyn Siefkes, a fifth grade student at Estancia Valley Classical Academy in Moriarty, is the Level 1 champion. Kaelyn wrote her letter to Rachel Renee Russel about her series, The Dork Diaries.
Allie Vice, a seventh grade student at Eisenhower Middle School in Albuquerque, is the Level 2 champion. Her letter is addressed to Out of My Mind author, Sharon M. Draper.
Steffen Ortiz, a tenth grade student at East Mountain High School in Sandia, is the Level 3 champion. Steffen wrote his letter to Markus Zusak about his book, The Book Thief.
From the 45 New Mexico state finalists, the state judges selected three champions, three second place writers, three third place writers, and six honorable mention letters. Champions, second and third place winners, and honorable mention recipients were honored at the State Capitol on May 4 at 1:30 PM. Secretary Gonzales congratulated the students and the state champions read their letters aloud.
Museum of Natural History and Science | May 5, 2018
The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) has received a generous grant of $5000 from New Mexico Humanities Council to support the Museum’s series of education programs called “Da Vinci Dialogues”.
Fort Selden Historic Site | May 3, 2018
(Radium Springs, New Mexico) – Fort Selden Historic Site, in southern New Mexico, is getting ready for summer, setting aside a special day to honor fathers, and announcing a series of summer kids classes for children.
Bosque Redondo Memorial at Fort Sumner | May 2, 2018
The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and the Bosque Redondo Memorial, a New Mexico Historic Site and an International Site of Conscience, announce that the third and last-remaining copy of the Treaty of Bosque Redondo has been found in Manchester, Massachusetts. The authenticity of the 150-year-old, 17-page, handwritten document was confirmed by the National Archives last month, its owner stated.
New Mexico History Museum | Apr 30, 2018
The New Mexico History Museum and the New Mexico Museum of Art are announcing the schedule of events for this fall’s two day-symposium commemorating the 100th Anniversary of artist Gustave Baumann’s arrival in New Mexico. The event entitled, “A Gathering for Gus” will be held Friday and Saturday, September 28 & 29, 2018 at the two museums located just off the Plaza in Santa Fe.
Museum of Natural History and Science | Apr 27, 2018
Amateur photographers participating in the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) annual NatureScapes Photo Competition need to submit their entries to the museum by August 31. “Clouds” is the topic for this year’s NatureScapes competition.
New Mexico Historic Sites | Apr 25, 2018
New Mexico’s Historic Sites have a lot to offer the weekend of Mother’s Day. Meet Amazing Women of the Wild West at Fort Selden Historic Site on Saturday. Take Mom to a Mother’s Day Tea at Fort Stanton Historic Site on Sunday. Enjoy a gourd dance at the Fort Sumner Historic Site.
Museum of Natural History and Science | Apr 24, 2018
A new exhibition at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) explores different ways that biological research specimens have been used by scientists.
Museum of Natural History and Science | Apr 20, 2018
The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science’s next First Friday event jointly celebrates the launch of the next Mars landing mission and “Star Wars” day. (May the 4th be with you!) During May 4th’s First Friday, patrons will be able to learn about and imagine space exploration and defense. Those visitors who take advantage of discounted prices to see Da Vinci—The Genius that night can also study how Leonardo da Vinci envisioned the future of military operations over 500 years ago.
Museum of Natural History and Science | Apr 19, 2018
Museum of Natural History and Science | Apr 18, 2018
Join us Thursday, April 26 from 10:30 a.m. to Noon at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science to experience how groundwater is being monitored across the state and to hear how decision makers and collaborators are moving to protect New Mexico’s groundwater future. Keynote speakers will include Senator Mimi Stewart, Senator Howie Morales and Representative Gail Armstrong.
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture | Apr 13, 2018
On Sunday, April 29, 2018, from 1 to 3 p.m., the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture will feature a panel comprising six of the seven children of Albert Velarde Jr. from the Jicarilla Apache Nation. They will offer a formal program about their college experiences from their Native perspectives, a question and answer session moderated by Veronica Tiller, Ph.D., daughter of Albert Velarde Jr., and plenty of time for queries from the audience. The panel has been organized to complement MIAC’s current exhibition, Lifeways of the Southern Athabaskans.
Department of Cultural Affairs | Apr 10, 2018
The richness of indigenous cultures, their unique languages, distinct arts and crafts, and cultural traditions handed down since pre-history, remain vibrantly evident in Santa Fe. New Mexico’s capitol city is a veritable mecca, and perhaps one of the best places in the world to explore the past, present, and future of indigenous arts and culture.
New Mexico Museum of Art | Apr 9, 2018
A survey of work by the Albuquerque-based artist and teacher Patrick Nagatani (1945-2017) that highlights the artist’s creative process and use of visual storytelling across his career opens at the New Mexico Museum of Art on May 26, 2018 and will be on display through September 9, 2018. A leading figure in the “directorial photography” style, Nagatani often constructed complex tableaus and detailed models for the camera to bring attention to truths that are often hidden in plain sight.
Museum of Natural History and Science | Apr 8, 2018
(ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO) -- MacGillivray Freeman Film’s National Parks Adventure takes audiences on the ultimate off-trail adventure into the nation’s awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness.
New Mexico History Museum | Apr 3, 2018
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) – It was 1968 when Trappist monk Thomas Merton visited the Benedictine monastery Christ in the Desert, near Abiquiu, New Mexico, shortly after it was founded. Merton’s writings and photographs of the experience brought the secluded monastery to the attention of a wider community of people seeking sanctuary and spiritual inspiration.
An exhibition of this work, Light in the Desert: Photographs from the Monastery of Christ in the Desert by Tony O’Brien opens at the Governor’s Gallery on the fourth floor of the New Mexico State Capitol Building, Friday, April 27.
Museum of Natural History and Science | Apr 2, 2018
(Albuquerque, New Mexico) - Dress as a Renaissance character, learn crafts and dances from the period, and party the night away! Tickets are now on sale for the Reliving the Renaissance, a themed-costume adult dance party in conjunction with the Da Vinci—The Genius exhibition at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS). All exhibits will be open including Da Vinci—The Genius.
For this special Renaissance evening, the NMMNHS has joined forces with the New Mexico Philharmonic, the Marshall Performing Arts Conservatory, and the Society for Creative Anachronism. Reliving the Renaissance happens Friday, April 20, from 6-11 p.m. at the Museum.
Museum of Natural History and Science | Apr 1, 2018
(Albuquerque, New Mexico) – The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) has joined the New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources in a statewide collaborative groundwater monitoring network. The Museum will host one of the many monitoring locations for the project and serve as an important educational outlet.
Water shortages have been commonplace in communities across New Mexico over the past several years and the state lacks sufficient groundwater level measurements for many regions. In an effort to protect the groundwater resource, this new community-oriented program aims to reach out specifically to farmers, ranchers and well owners, as well as municipalities to share data and information.
The Our Groundwater Future project will be launched Monday, April 26, at 10:30 a.m. at the NMMNHS’s Kiwanis Learning Garden. The project goal is to work with well owners and operators in rural communities to inform and train them on groundwater measurements. The Learning Garden is located across 18th Street from the museum’s main entrance. A monitoring well for the project will be drilled April 10.
New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum | Mar 27, 2018
The New Mexico region of the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) has created an enormous rack of seed packets illustrated by their fiber art.
Museum of International Folk Art | Mar 26, 2018
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) – Three Peruvian artists whose work is featured in the current exhibition Crafting Memory: The Art of Community in Peru will spend an afternoon at the Museum of International Folk Art giving talks and meeting patrons on Sunday April 8 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
The featured speakers, Adelina Garcia, Wari Zarate, and Rosalia Tineo are three Quechua artist activists whose work is at the forefront of the fight for truth and reconciliation in the wake of the 20 year internal armed conflict that claimed the lives of nearly 70,000 Peruvians between 1980 and 2000. Using traditional folk arts of the region, they tell the stories of the disappeared.
Bosque Redondo Memorial at Fort Sumner | Mar 23, 2018
(Fort Sumner, New Mexico) – This summer marks the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Bosque Redondo between the United States Government and the Navajo Nation. This anniversary will be commemorated through a series of events at the Bosque Redondo Memorial at Fort Sumner Historic Site in eastern New Mexico. Ceremonies June 8 & 9, 2018, will mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of this important site and the 150th anniversary of the Treaty of 1868.
During the June commemoration, patrons will be able to view plans for the new upcoming exhibit, participate in our ceremonial activities and enjoy tribal dances. Native artisans will be on-site offering traditional jewelry, weavings and foodstuffs. On June 9, a 7 mile walk from the historic site to Fort Sumner High school will honor the memory of The Long Walk
New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum | Mar 22, 2018
Women’s clothing from the 1870s to the 1930s -- what was visible and some layers that were not always visible -- is the subject of a new exhibit at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. “Dressed for the Occasion” focuses on clothing for “everyday” as well as special occasions like weddings, funerals, and baptisms. The exhibit opens with a free reception from 5-7 p.m. on April 5. Costumed interpreters will be at the reception and refreshments will be provided.
Museum of Natural History and Science | Mar 21, 2018
Unleash your imagination and curiosity and contemplate man’s ability to fly like the birds. As part of the current, temporary exhibition Da Vinci—The Genius at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, find out how Leonardo da Vinci’s illustrations and study of natural flight eventually lead to modern aircraft during the next First Friday, April 6, from 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Jemez Historic Site | Mar 20, 2018
Starting Aug. 16, come see what is buried beneath your feet at “Dig Giusewa!”
In partnership with the Friends of Coronado Historic Site and the Pueblo of Jemez, New Mexico Historic Sites is pleased to announce a new program at Jemez Historic Site, entitled “Dig Giusewa.” Running every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday between Aug. 16 and Oct. 6, archaeologists, tribal members, and volunteers will work to systematically excavate a five-by-five-meter area just north of the Visitor Center.
Wonders on Wheels | Mar 19, 2018
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) – The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs mobile museum Wonder on Wheels (WoW) is on the road with a new display for 2018. The featured exhibit from the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture (MIAC) is entitled Indigenous New Mexico: Sharing the Wonders of Our World. Among the venues WoW visits in the next few weeks are Jemez Pueblo and the Roundhouse.
Students and teachers at Jemez Day School will get a chance to experience the MIAC exhibit when the retrofitted RV visits Jemez Pueblo. WoW will be at Jemez Day School, 245 Day School Road, Jemez Pueblo Tuesday, March 27, from 8:15-9:45 a.m.
Lawmakers, legislative staff, and the public are invited to visit Wonders on Wheels Monday, April 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. when it will be parked on Don Gaspar outside the State Capitol building
New Mexico Historic Sites | Mar 17, 2018
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) – During 160 years in operation, Fort Stanton’s served as an Army post, tuberculosis sanatorium, internment camp and correctional facility. With infamy gained through the Lincoln County Wars, and the lives of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett, the history of Lincoln, New Mexico is riddled with acts of revenge, vigilante justice and senseless violence. Between 1870 and 1886, more than 50 people met a violent end along the main road.
Reports of paranormal activity in these two storied southeastern New Mexico Historic Sites dates back more than a century. Spine-tingling tales from former workers and people who have had unusual experiences at these and other New Mexico venues are being preserved by the Lincoln County Paranormal Society (LCPS).
Museum of Natural History and Science | Mar 14, 2018
(Albuquerque, New Mexico) – New Mexico school students have a rare opportunity to explore their own genius by creating a video showcasing the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) into their education.
New Mexico Museum of Art | Mar 8, 2018
Today, the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), the New Mexico Museum of Art, and the Museum of New Mexico Foundation announced a gift of $4 million, and unveiled the name and architectural design of the museum’s new contemporary art venue, located at 404 Montezuma, at the Santa Fe Railyard.