Department of Cultural Affairs

Click Here: "Shoofly Sundays," Virtual Workbooks, a Tribute to Rudolfo Anaya, and More

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 10, 2020

MEDIA CONTACT
Patrick Rodriguez
505-629-2257
patrick.rodriguez@state.nm.us

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:

New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum has a new weekly posted series on Facebook called "Shoofly Sundays," featuring the work of artist Robert "Shoofly" Shufelt, known for his cowboy/western graphite pencil drawings. Shufelt and his wife, Julie, donated his collection to Farm & Ranch a few years ago and are included in the museum’s exhibit, "The Cowboy Way." A resident of Las Cruces, Shufelt’s drawings have been heralded in publications, museums, and collections around the world. Farm & Ranch will continue this social media series through October.

The next episode of the podcast "La Hilacha: Words and Memories," produced by the National Hispanic Cultural Center, will feature a tribute to writer Rudolfo Anaya, who passed away earlier this year, including a reading of his popular children’s book "How Chile Came to New Mexico." Noted for his 1972 novel "Bless Me, Ultima," Anaya, a long-time resident of New Mexico, was considered one of the founders of contemporary Chicano literature. The episode will be released on Aug. 14.

Activity workbooks are now available on the New Mexico Museum of Art website under the Activities & Resources section. This virtual workbook series is centered on women artists in the museum’s collection, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment. The first workbook focuses on Pansy Stockton, an assemblage artist who showed her work at the museum in the 1940s and 1950s.

Here are other interesting programs from across the Department:

•  New Mexico Museum of Space History has begun posting Stories from Space, From the Space Vault, and Preservation Workshops on the museum’s Facebook page

•  In the latest Quick Trip video on the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center’s YouTube channel, learn how to hunt for insects and get a better understanding on why they are important to our ecosystem. 

•  In case you missed it, the First Wednesday Lecture from New Mexico History Museum with Dr. Matthew Babcock on Aug. 5 is available to watch on the museum’s YouTube channel. The talk focuses on the forgotten Chihene Apache farming experiment at Sabinal, New Mexico, from 1790-1795 by placing it in the context of Apache-Spanish relations and Spanish Indian policy.

•  Watch the next Friday Fractals online concert at 6 p.m. on Aug. 14 on the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science Facebook page.

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.

Events, news releases, and images related to activities in divisions of the DCA can be accessed at media.newmexicoculture.org.

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