The Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico seeks to preserve the legacy and history of Hispanic cultures and humanities through the presentation of over 700 events, an art museum, library, center for genealogy, and providing educational resources to the community.



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About

The National Hispanic Cultural Center is a campus of facilities dedicated to the preservation and education of Hispanic Cultures from around the world and Southwest United States. Established in 2001, there are nine locations on the campus that provide educational opportunities and an immersive experience in Hispanic culture. Each facility has its own hours of operation which are detailed on the National Hispanic Cultural Center website with closing on major holidays.

Attractions

Torreon/Vigil Fresco- This public art facility houses a painting that was completed in 2010 by Frederico Vigil and uses the ancient technique of fresco to depict the evolution of Hispanic culture from prehistoric time to the present.

History & Literary Arts Building- The Library and Genealogy Center are found in this building as well as Salon Ortega.

La Fonda del Bosque- This restaurant serves Cuban style food with other Latin infusions and is open for Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Gluten free options are available as well as a fully stocked bar serving adult beverages. The restaurant is family friendly and casual with complimentary Wi-Fi.

Virginia and Edward Lujan Plaza Major- This open plaza is the center of the 20-acre campus with space for setting up outdoor events and performances.

Art Museum- The Art Museum is home to a collection of over 2,500 works by Hispanic artists and reflects the diversity found in Latino art. There are several galleries in the museum that house the permanent exhibit as well as temporary and traveling exhibitions.

Intel Center for Technology and Visual Arts- Administrative offices, La Tiendita Gift Shop, and the NHCC Foundation offices are located here.

Roy E. Disney Center for Performing Arts- Two theaters, box office, the Wells Fargo Auditorium and the PNM Rehearsal Hall are found in this facility which is the largest building on campus.

Pete V. Domenici Education Center- located in the back of the campus, the Education Center is where classrooms, the Spanish Resource Center, and Pop Fizz Paleteria can be found.

Paseo del Bosque Trail- This multi-use trail is accessible from the National Hispanic Cultural Center campus and lines the edges of the Rio Grande Cottonwood Forest. There are 16 miles of paves trails and public art that can be enjoyed as the trail winds through TIngley Beach, Central Avenue and more.

Exhibits

There are two permanent exhibits at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

Mundos de Mestizaje- This 4,000-square foot fresco was created by Frederico Vigil and is located in the Torreon. The painting reflects thousands of years of Hispanic culture and history.

Aqui Estamos: The Heart of Arte- This collection is showcased in the Art Museum and is comprised of more than 2,500 artworks by Hispanic and Latino artists from around the world including contemporary art. This collection is positioned in the first gallery of the Art Museum and presents rotating artifacts and art from the museum’s permanent collection.

Educational Opportunities

The National Hispanic Cultural Center provides several opportunities for enrichment and education through workshops and special events. Many of these events and workshops are available for short amounts of time and require registration. Details are available on the NHCC website.

Saturdays in the Museum- Every Saturday at 2pm, a docent lead tour is included with the free admission to the NHCC. Each tour focuses on one particular part of the Museum or theme.

History and Literary Arts Research Library and Archives- The research library at NHCC is home to more than 12,500 titles with a concentration on Hispanic culture and history particularly in the Southwest United States, Mexico, Latin America and Spain. The Archives houses rare books and other paper collections such as manuscripts and maps.

Herrera Internship Endowment-Created for Hispanic females, this endowment allows the advancement of underrepresented groups to have access to higher education and was established by Dr. Denise Herrera.

Educator Workshops and Youth Events- The workshops at NHCC are offered in conjunction with special exhibits and events and therefore change frequently. Educators and scholars are welcome to participate in workshops that deepen the understanding of Hispanic culture and heritage.

Summer Institutes for Youth- The NCHH has recently launched a summer program for youth. These 4 week programs are designed to promote leadership, creativity, performance, and healthy eating habits and are in partnership with a Spanish-immersion experience at Instituto Cervantes.

Spanish Resource Center- Located in the Pete V. Domenici Building, the Spanish Resource Center offers a library with literature pertaining to Spanish Life and Culture. More information about this resource can be found by going online or calling the center.

1701 4th Street, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87102, website, Phone: 505-246-2261

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