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October 2022 NMHC Major Grant Awards Recipients:  

12 Dec 2022

The New Mexico Humanities Council awards grants to nonprofit organizations that promote humanities in the state through our Major Grants program, with applications accepted and funds traditionally awarded...

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1 Dec 2022

New Mexico History Day State Contest Special Award Opportunities Each year, students from around the state of New Mexico conduct primary source research into a wide variety of topics, from World War II to Asian history to labor history, and more and then present that research as the New Mexico History Day contest. At the state contest, a number of organizations and individuals sponsor special awards related to a topic that is important to them, such as the environmental history award from the State Historic Preservation Office, and the Manhattan Project Award from the Los Alamos Historical Society. You, too, can support these student historians. Contact State Coordinator Heather McClenahan, historyday@nmhumanities.org, to find out how.

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1 Dec 2021

Introducing a free resource for classroom teachers, librarians and individuals to reflect on the personal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, while exploring archival information about the Spanish Flu pandemic and its impacts in northern New Mexico. The deluxe package includes a boxed set of four issues with stickers and a bookmark with prompts for reflection.

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Pasa Por Aquí - Open Call for Submissions

27 Jan 2021

The New Mexico Humanities Council is seeking contributors for its new blog! Let us take this opportunity to introduce Pasa Por Aquí – the NM Humanities Council’s...

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National Arts and Humanities

A Proclamation on National Arts And Humanities Month, 2022 For centuries, American arts and humanities have been a beacon of light and understanding, recording our history and advancing new ways of thinking. This National Arts and Humanities month, we celebrate our Nation’s visionary artists, scholars, and creators whose work touches and reveals the soul of America. My Administration is committed to making the arts and humanities more accessible to people of every age and background, uplifting more voices, inspiring new generations, and showing the full power of our example as a great Nation. We have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in strengthening the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and our American Rescue Plan allocated over a billion more to help museums, libraries, theaters, concert halls, and other venues recover from the pandemic. This critical support comes on top of a historic Executive Order....

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Recent Columns
Print made by John Simon (1675–1755), Portraits of Four Indian Kings of Canada: Sa Ga Yeath Pieth Tow, King of the Maquas, C. 1755, Mezzotint, third state, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, B2001.2.1506. https://collections.britishart

Print made by John Simon (1675–1755), Portraits of Four Indian Kings of Canada: Sa Ga Yeath Pieth Tow, King of the Maquas, C. 1755, Mezzotint, third state, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, B2001.2.1506. https://collections.britishart

What's in the word, savage?    

Fri, Dec 30, 2022, 10:51am | By Felicia Bartley

“My grandpa was a savage before savage was in style.” -Snotty Nose Rez Kids, “Savages” I have been hearing the word savage more than I would like to acknowledge. I have noticed...

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President Lyndon B. Johnson and Martin Luther King Jr. after signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965

President Lyndon B. Johnson and Martin Luther King Jr. after signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965 Credit: The LBJ Presidential Library

Now What? Civil Rights & The Post-Pandemic Iconography of King’s Dream

Thu, Dec 15, 2022, 2:01pm | By Cathryn McGill

Now What?Civil Rights & The Post-Pandemic Iconography of King’s Dream  How did buying a new mattress become the most prominent symbol in the annual celebration of President’s Day? (The holiday is...

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Grullas in a twilight sky

Grullas in a twilight sky Credit: Photos by Laura Paskus


Tue, Dec 13, 2022, 7:57am | By Leeanna Teresa Martinez y Torres

Each year grullas arrive by the hundreds, settling over the valley’s farm-fields, seeking shelter on vegetated islands of the Rio Grande. But the year my boy was born, I missed their lone, throaty-calls,...

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Green Chile Stew

Green Chile Stew Credit: Vanessa Baca

Slow Burn: A Family History of Green Chile Stew 

Thu, Dec 1, 2022, 11:20am | By Vanessa Baca

Wintertime in New Mexico is unique. The relatively mild weather, the smell of pine-scented woodsmoke in the air, the farolitos and luminarias that light up the nights throughout the...

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Luminarias light up adobe wall in New Mexico.

Luminarias light up adobe wall in New Mexico. Credit: Photo Courtesy Leeanna Torres.

Little brown bags: A brief meditation on a Nuevo Mexico tradition

Thu, Dec 1, 2022, 9:25am | By Leeanna Teresa Martinez y Torres

  How many candles come in a pack?  How many paper sacks will accompany each pack of lights? How many to get? And will it be enough? These are the decisions before me, in the aisle of...

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Credit: Joshua K. Concha

Cultural Identity Theft: Immeasurable Suffering

Mon, Nov 14, 2022, 2:08pm | By Joshua K. Concha

unauthorized access to your personal information has occurred, including your name children were given Anglo names. Their native languages and cultural practices were forbidden.

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Rosalia de Aragon as La Llorona

Rosalia de Aragon as La Llorona Credit: by Rosa Maria Calles.

Cosas Extrañas y Duendes---Strange Things and Goblins

Wed, Sep 28, 2022, 12:32pm | By Ray John de Aragon

¡Los muertos se espantan con los vivos!  The dead are scared by the living! New Mexico is a land of mystery, suspense, and intrigue. One is easily captivated and drawn by immortal tales filled with energy,...

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Seeking to understand
Who we were
Who we are and
Who we aspire to be

We seek out, fund and conduct quality humanities programs for presentation to public audiences throughout the state. We support a wide variety of programs, projects and organizations-- topics can range anywhere from local history and culture to international affairs. Explore our website to learn how we support public programs in New Mexico communities which inspire inclusive conversations that strengthen our civil society and celebrate diverse human experiences. 

Statement on Diversity and Inclusion from the New Mexico Humanities Council 

1 Jul 2020

“Seeking to understand who we are, who we were, and who we aspire to be.” This statement is more than a pithy tagline for the New Mexico Humanities Council; we actively seek to provide New Mexicans with opportunities to cultivate mutual understanding and respect through its programming and grants.

Over the past weeks and months, our nation has experienced tremendous upheaval, particularly in response to the persistence of individual, institutional, structural, and systemic racism in our society.  In the interest of addressing these social barriers, the New Mexico Humanities Council pledges to continue to develop, nurture, and fund programs and grant partnerships that use the tools of history, ethics, literature, and the examination of the arts to bridge gaps of culture, knowledge, and experience between New Mexicans.  Our aim is to help each of us determine who we aspire to be both as individuals and members of larger communities. By helping to build these bridges of understanding and respect, we hope to play our part in working towards a more just society. 

In the past year, we partnered with representatives from diverse communities to amplify the many voices and perspectives that make up New Mexican society.  Some examples of this collaborative work include:

  • 400 Years (1619-2019): Knowing our African American Past and Creating our Future, an art exhibit and discussion program that brought together artists and community members to discuss the resiliency of the African American community in the wake of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of ships carrying enslaved Africans to America (with the New Mexico African American Artists Guild). 
  • Bright Spaces, Welcome Places, a community-created art exhibit and public programs celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, nonbinary, and queer resiliency and health (with Fierce Pride). 
  • A concert and post-performance discussion led by the members of the Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble, which preserves the ancient Filipino musical tradition of kulintang (with the Filipino American Community Council).

While we are proud of the work we have done, the current moment demands reflection on what more we can do.  In addition to continuing the cultivation of community partnerships alongside our funders and collaborators, the New Mexico Humanities Council is committed to creating and supporting opportunities and spaces for dialogue and expression.  Please join us as a donor, partner, scholar, or engaged citizen in the important and meaningful work of building a better New Mexico.  Don’t hesitate to contact Brandon Johnson (bjohnson@nmhumanities.org; 505-633-7376) to talk about how you’d like to be involved.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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