Friday January 24th, 2014
Culture Day Showcases New Mexico's Cultural Diversity
Santa Fe - The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs will host “Culture Day” at the State Capitol from 8 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Monday, January 27, 2014. Interactive exhibits featuring New Mexico’s state-run museums and historic sites, historic preservation, archaeology, arts, and library programs will be offered to legislators and visitors to the Capitol throughout the day.
The National Hispanic Cultural Center will offer a sneak peek of the new digital interactive tour of the Mundos de Mestizaje mural. The State Library will feature interactive STEM programs which are headed to local libraries throughout the state, including e-textiles, science for toddlers, a banana piano, and a 3D printer. The Museum of Natural History and Science will have a mammoth’s lower jaw from the last ice age which was recently discovered and collected in Catron County, celestial objects and sky maps, plus some specimens from the Bioscience Collections. New Mexico Historic Sites will have living history re-enactors dressed and ready for battle in their military uniforms and with equipment from the 1850s.
Outside on Old Santa Fe Trail, check out some books in the State Library’s Bookmobile, climb in to the Museum of Space History’s Mercury capsule, and grab a freshly-made biscuit courtesy of NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum’s popular chuck wagon. Booths will also be offered by NM Museum of Art, NM Museum of History, Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, NM Arts, Office of Archaeological Studies, Historic Preservation Division, and the Humanities Council.
At noon, New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs Cabinet Secretary Veronica N. Gonzales will give remarks on “What Culture Means to New Mexico.” Entertainment will be provided by Niños Flamenco of the National Flamenco Institute featuring Dancers from Tierra Adentro Charter School and Acoustic Americana Ensemble – Academy for Technology and Classics.
The Department of Cultural Affairs is New Mexico’s cultural steward and is charged with preserving and showcasing the state’s cultural riches. With its eight museums, eight historic sites, arts, archaeology, historic preservation and library programs, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs is one of the largest state cultural agencies in the nation. Together, the facilities, programs and services of the Department support a $3.3 billion cultural industry in New Mexico.