From the Cabinet Secretary
Summer Greetings from the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs!
Yes, sunshine and New Mexico’s never-ending blue skies are upon us, and, once again, I am genuinely excited to share the many happenings coming up this season at the museums and historic sites under the umbrella of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. We are distinguished as the most comprehensive state cultural affairs department in the nation—a testament to our state’s extraordinarily rich and diverse history and culture.
Experiencing just one event about the fascinating people and history of this region can spark a life-long interest in history. A spark is precisely what we are hoping to create—the spark of imagination and curiosity to inspire critical thinking and joy in learning. All of New Mexico’s state-run museums and historic sites foster the tenets of a STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). During the year 2018, the entire department is focused on STEAM, ensuring that the “A” is added to STEM in our programming and exhibitions.
Through July 29, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is hosting Da Vinci –The Genius, an extraordinary exhibition featuring 65 life-sized models of Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions, the multimedia forensic study Secrets of the Mona Lisa, his written notes exploring the design of cities, flight and scuba inventions, studies of the human body and nature, and all the various facets of da Vinci’s remarkable curiosity. A self-taught Renaissance man, da Vinci embodies the possibilities resulting from a well-rounded, STEAM education.
Whether it is da Vinci’s genius, New Mexico’s atomic histories, or the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the end of the Long Walk and the Bosque Redondo Memorial, programs and sites belonging to the Department of Cultural Affairs offer something to pique the interest of virtually everybody in the Land of Enchantment. Our museums and historic sites highlight the depth of our cultural history, from the dawn of the dinosaurs, to the emergence as a mecca for artists, to the Mars Rover team naming geologic formations on the Red Planet after sites along our very own Jornada del Muerto.
As you make plans for summer getaways, we sincerely hope you enjoy the precious gifts of New Mexico’s art and culture by visiting our museums and historic sites. You will treasure the investment of time. Please join us! We look forward to seeing you, your families, and visitors!
On behalf of the Department of Cultural Affairs, our best wishes for a summer filled with fun, interesting and engaging activities, and bright, blue, sunny skies!
Veronica N. Gonzales
NM Department of Cultural Affairs
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