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Click Here: Family Mornings at Folk Art, History of Revolts and Revolutions, Faces of Farming and Ranching, and More

October 30th, 2020

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:

Families are encouraged to join the Museum of International Folk Art for the next Virtual Family Mornings at Folk Art at 10 a.m. on November 8. The online event features a grab-and-go art kit and access to a Zoom program that includes a story time and show-and-tell segment for children to share their art. The art kits are available for pick up the Friday and Saturday prior to the day of the event. The theme for the month is “Weaving Worlds.” Register in advance at to receive the art kit, which will include instructions and supplies for the project. Supplies are limited, and kits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum is continuing its popular Facebook series “The Faces of Farm & Ranch.” Followers of the page are asked to share one to three photographs and six to seven paragraphs of their ancestors who farmed or ranched in New Mexico. The goal of the series is to show the diversity of New Mexico’s history of growing food and to show that we are all connected to agriculture. Farm & Ranch has also begun a series of Facebook posts each Saturday that provides a craft activity for children.

In the latest installment of the podcast "La Hilacha: Words and Memories" from the History and Literary Arts program at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, State Historian Rob Martinez talks about New Mexico revolts and revolutions, part of a new history speaker series in collaboration with the Office of State Historian. Listen as Martinez speaks about how revolts and acts of resistance have been a part of the state’s history since colonial times.

Here are other interesting programs from across the Department:

   •   In the latest video series “From the Space Vault” from the New Mexico Museum of Space History, education director Dave Dooling explains the nuts and bolts of how a Launchpad can hold a space shuttle upright, even if it might seem like an uncomplicated task.

   •   Watch the next virtual Friends of History lecture series on the New Mexico History Museum Facebook page and YouTube channel at noon on 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.

   •  Take a virtual tour of the “Word Play” exhibit from the New Mexico Museum of Art, now available on the museum’s website at The exhibit contains over 40 works of art in a variety of mediums, featuring images by artists who incorporate letters, words, and phrases into their visual creations.

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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