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NMHC AWARDS OVER $127,000 IN GRANT FUNDS TO CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS

1 Jan 2024

In December, the New Mexico Humanities Council Board of Directors selected 11 diverse and impactful projects for sponsorship through its Major Grant Program. A total of $127,452.76 is being awarded to...

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United We Stand Now Open for Booking!

1 Nov 2023

Please visit our new and improved catalog of Speakers to learn about the United We Stand Speakers' programs and book one today! To find the United We Stand Programs, click “Browse Programs”,...

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Cuadernos Vol II

30 Aug 2023

Request materials HEREFree resource for classroom teachers, librarians and individuals to reflect on the personal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, while exploring archival information celebrating food...

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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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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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NMHC AWARDS OVER $127,000 IN GRANT FUNDS TO CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS

In December, the New Mexico Humanities Council Board of Directors selected 11 diverse and impactful projects for sponsorship through its Major Grant Program. A total of $127,452.76 is being awarded to...

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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
Author, poet and blog contributor, Darryl Lorenzo Wellington.

Author, poet and blog contributor, Darryl Lorenzo Wellington.

Reflections on the Black Footprint in New Mexico

Wed, Jan 31, 2024, 12:00am | By Darryl Wellington

Let’s begin with a story that reflects my concerns that the Black presence isn’t significantly appreciated – but that simultaneously reaffirms my belief in the importance of teaching New Mexican...

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Valentine's Day greetings card of 1909. Credit: Wikimedia commons

Hate Valentine’s Day? Try Celebrating It Anyway

Tue, Jan 30, 2024, 8:57pm | By Monika Dziamka

As the shiny excitement of the holiday season wears off, do you groan at the thought of Valentine’s Day looming ahead? Does the sight of pink and red decorations and heart-shaped trinkets make you...

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Author and blog contributor, A.T. Cole

Author and blog contributor, A.T. Cole

Where are the Humanities in the Climate Crisis?

Tue, Jan 2, 2024, 9:52am | By Thomas Cole

We’re living in the most precarious moment in human history. There are more than 14,000 peer-reviewed science papers making clear that climate change is real, the greenhouse effect began with the agricultural...

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Blog contributor and NMSU student, Ryqir Haden

Blog contributor and NMSU student, Ryqir Haden

A Muslim Fitting into New Mexico

Tue, Jan 2, 2024, 9:29am | By Ryqir Haden

I am a Muslim, and I belong in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Surprised? So am I. My father was part of the U.S. Army, so much of my childhood was spent traveling around the world. I have lived in South Korea,...

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Nikolaus and Krampus in Austria. Unknown Author. Wikimedia Commons. Public Domain.

Nikolaus and Krampus in Austria. Unknown Author. Wikimedia Commons. Public Domain.

Krampus is Coming: Why Halloween is Actually Just the Start of Spooky Season

Thu, Nov 30, 2023, 3:22pm | By Monika Dziamka

Krampus is Coming: Why Halloween is Actually Just the Start of Spooky Season   Winter nights and cold weather invite more opportunities to stay at home, something I look forward to every year. As a native...

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Bread for the departed on family altar.

Bread of Death and Life: A Short History of Pan de Muertos

Wed, Nov 1, 2023, 9:27am | By Vanessa Baca

For me, it’s not truly El Día de los Muertos until I read the following quote by the Mexican author Octavio Paz from his masterpiece El Laberinto de la Soledad: “Para el habitante de Nueva York,...

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Photo courtesy of Cottonbro Studio.

Send in the Clowns: Funeral Humor

Tue, Oct 31, 2023, 8:59am | By Liz Hamilton

The funeral home I used to work at was SOOO busy. Since we offered the lowest cremation price in town, we helped many families take care of their deceased loved ones. And to keep our costs low, we...

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NEW MEXICO HUMANITIES COUNCIL

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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