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Recent News and Announcements

United We Stand: Call for Speakers

1 Jun 2023

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has launched a new initiative titled “United We Stand: Connecting Through Culture” that leverages the arts and humanities to combat the increase...

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1 Jun 2023

Are you interested in joining the New Mexico Council's Board of Directors? The New Mexico Humanities Council accepts nominations for the Board of Directors year-round and is currently recruiting new...

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Annual Report and Financial Statements

9 May 2023

To review our 2020 and 2021 Annual Report click HERE.To request a hard copy of the current annual report, please send your mailing information to info@nmhumanities.org.

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Wildfire Needs Assessment for Cultural Recovery

1 Apr 2023

New Mexico went through the most destructive fires in its history in 2022. Read the report on the cultural impacts of New Mexico's recent wildfires. Learn about a needs assessment survey funded by...

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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
Martinez family members of Los Reyes de Albuquerque L-R: Rob Martinez, founder Roberto Martinez, Larry Martinez and Lorenzo Martinez in Old Town Albuquerque in 1994..

Martinez family members of Los Reyes de Albuquerque L-R: Rob Martinez, founder Roberto Martinez, Larry Martinez and Lorenzo Martinez in Old Town Albuquerque in 1994..

From Mora to Mariachi: My Dad and his Magical Journey of Music

Mon, May 15, 2023, 5:11pm | By Rob Martinez

My dad wanted to be Pedro Infante when he grew up.   His name was Roberto Martínez. As a young boy living in the Mora Valley during the Great Depression, hard work and scarcity were the norm....

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Paul Ingles with his father John, in 2014.

Paul Ingles with his father John, in 2014.

A SOLDIER'S PASSAGE: A New Mexico-made Film Explores the Art of Saying "Goodbye" to Dad

Mon, May 15, 2023, 1:56pm | By Paul Ingles

  Dec. 5, 2004, I was standing in the wings of Albuquerque’s historic (and some say haunted) KiMo Theater, watching the talented singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier close a fundraising concert I was...

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Esther Martinez, Native American storyteller, from Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico. Photo Courtesy of Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico.

Esther Martinez, Native American storyteller, from Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico. Photo Courtesy of Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico.

Esther Martinez (P’oe Tsáwä/Blue Water): A Matriarch of Pueblo Language Preservation  

Tue, Apr 18, 2023, 9:52am | By Kim Suina Melwani

  We come from a tradition that values the music of language, its poetry, and its ability to conjure images. There is a love for the sound of the language, a love for the beauty of a phrase. —Tessie...

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Author and blog contributor, Elaine Montague with her husband Gary Montague.

Author and blog contributor, Elaine Montague with her husband Gary Montague.


Tue, Apr 18, 2023, 9:25am | By Elaine Montague

  With thanks to Aquinas, Descartes, Kant, Camus, Plato, Rousseau, Kafka and Saint-Exupery © Elaine Carson Montague 2023   How do we celebrate what it means to be human? Are we human when the Office...

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Credit: Dr. Joe S. Sando. Photo Courtesy of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

Telling our stories: Pueblo author and teacher, Dr. Joe S. Sando

Sat, Apr 1, 2023, 10:00am | By Jonna C. Paden

Despite the Pueblo’s long history in the Southwest, little has been written about Pueblo people and our contributions to history. What was written, especially for children, was not always complimentary...

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Laruen Camp, New Mexico Poet Laureate 2022 to 2025.

Laruen Camp, New Mexico Poet Laureate 2022 to 2025.

Meticulous Answer           Inspired by artist Agnes Martin

Sat, Apr 1, 2023, 12:00am | By Lauren Camp

My mind keeps moving. The country is nearly at war with satisfactionor could be.I want to set down my mind. A miniature lullaby. Watch the sloshing water, lost list, crisscrossed waves, a glass pane.One...

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Credit: Huerta at the LBJ Presidential Library in 2019. Jay Godwin (public domain).

Dolores Huerta: A Legacy

Wed, Mar 1, 2023, 10:00am | By Maria Vielma

One of the most insulting insinuations made about women is that we are not meant to lead. As a little girl, I almost bought into this lie after hearing male names of leaders pertaining to my Mexican-American...

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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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