New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs

Click Here: DCA Continues to Offer Educational and Inspirational Programming for All Ages Online

May 29, 2020


SANTA FE – The museums, historic sites, and cultural institutions of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) each week offer a series of online educational and inspirational programs designed for all ages, including resources, activities, and exhibiitons to be enjoyed at home.

Listen to the newest installment of the podcast "La Hilacha: Words and Memories," produced by the National Hispanic Cultural Center. In this episode, History and Literay Arts Director Valerie Martinez interviews six members of the Barelas Youth Art Team collective known as "Sunset Mix," whose latest community art project has been interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The virtual exhibit "Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe" is now available for viewing on the Museum of International Folk Art website. This tour opens a door to the creative universe of Girard, who was regarded as one of the most influential interior and textile designers of the 20th century, and shows his close relationships with contemporaries such as Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Andy Warhol, and Rudi Gernreich.

Also, MOIFA will host the ninth performance of the popular virtual concert series “Our Fair New Mexico,” featuring Joe and Archie West. Watch the concert on the museum’s Facebook page at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 29.

Here are more great programs from across the Department:

  Did you know the building now called the Santiago E. Campos U.S. Courthouse in Santa Fe was originally designed to be the territorial capitol for New Mexico? Learn about this and other buildings across the state listed in the National Register of Historic Places through weekly posts on the Historic Preservation Division Facebook page.

  State Historian Rob Martinez shares his Top 5 books on New Mexico history in a video posted this past week on the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library Facebook page. 

•  The official music video for Albuquerque musician Ron Crowder’s song "Liberty," featuring poet Hakim Bellamy, can be viewed on the New Mexico Music Commission Facebook page. The track was named Best Song at the New Mexico Music Awards in 2018.

  Anxious to get back into nature? Learn the proper way to identify trees with help from a new series called Quick Trips available on the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center YouTube channel.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all DCA museums, historic sites, and cultural institutions are closed to the public but continue to operate virtually during this time of social distancing.

More information related to social media and online resources for each division of DCA 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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