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Click Here: "Qué Chola" Exhibit Goes Virtual, Learn About Life on the Farm, Build a Small Catapult, and More

New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs

October 22, 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:

The National Hispanic Cultural Center website has a new online exhibition, featuring a slideshow from the past exhibit “Qué Chola,” which was on display at the Art Museum from March 8 to August 4, 2019. “Qué Chola” celebrated the moniker in art and popular culture as symbols of feminine strength and resilience in the face of racial, gender, and economic adversity. The popular exhibition inspired many meaningful moments of connection with visitors.

Downloadable lesson plans are now available for students in grades pre-k through fifth on the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum website. From beef and dairy products and sheep breeds to waffle gardening and the history of chuck wagons, young learners can immerse themselves in various hands-on activities related to the Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum.

The annual Historic Preservation Division Archaeology Fair is taking place in a virtual platform this year, and runs through Oct. 30. Check out the HPD Facebook page for daily posts featuring archaeological sites, 3D modeling, lithic sources, and other resources.

Here are other interesting programs from across the Department:

   •   Just in time for Halloween and pumpkin chucking season, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science Facebook page offers guidance on building two types of small catapults – one with craft sticks and one with dowel rods – perfect for launching halloween candies. 

   •   Watch the next virtual Friends of History lecture series on the New Mexico History Museum Facebook page at noon on Wednesday, November 4. This lecture will focus on "Songs & Stories from Hispanic Culture in New Mexico” by exploring the corridos/ballads of New Mexico, including their historic, cultural, and social influences, with musician and folklorist Chuy Martinez. 

   •   On the New Mexico Museum of Space History Facebook page, visitors can watch a video featuring the Museum’s Education Director Dave Dooling as he talks about some of the first "pinhole" telescopes used for space exploration.

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

About the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs 
Created in 1978 by the New Mexico Legislature, the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) is New Mexico’s cultural steward, charged with preserving and showcasing the state’s cultural riches. With its eight museums, seven historic sites, arts, archaeology, historic preservation, and library programs, the DCA is one of the largest and most diverse state cultural agencies in the nation. Together, the facilities, programs, and services of the Department support a $5.6 billion cultural industry in New Mexico.

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