El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe
To preserve, promote, protect, and enhance the traditions and arts of the Hispanic Culture in New Mexico, with emphasis on nurturing continuation of the cultural and artistic practices among the Hispanic population, particularly among its youth.
Since 1998 El Museo has created a physical and program environment in which to cultivate artistic expression among Latino artists, and to present programs that nurture and celebrate New Mexico's cultural heritage. Our Railyard facility provides gallery/exhibition spaces, studios/classrooms, a 220-seat theater/performance center, and a year-round market. We present 6-8 arts exhibits, theater productions, and arts markets annually. In keeping with our mission, we present individual and group showings of Hispanic artists from Northern New Mexico in our ongoing visual arts exhibits.
Over the last ten years we have sponsored the Contemporary Hispanic Market, presenting work of over 140 juried contemporary Hispanic artists from throughout the State. Through collaborations and thematic exhibitions, we also include work of non-Hispanic artists, providing a venue of multi-cultural art. In addition to visual arts exhibits, we present cultural events to explore the history and traditions of New Mexico, and the art and traditions of other Latin countries and cultures, accentuating the common history, traditions, language, and artistic influences shared by New Mexico Hispanics. Some of our events focus on historical and social issues that affect the Hispanic population and its relation to the community as a whole. Our performance facility supports programming of music, dance, and theater, and permits community theater and performance events by other groups, including schools.
Maria G. Martinez, Interim