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From the Cabinet Secretary

Summer greetings from the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs!

In a blink of an eye, the summer season is once again upon us. Sunny days and expansive blue skies inspire us to explore New Mexico’s beauty.

Summers here are truly enchanting and whether you’re spending time close to home or traveling the state, use this Museums & Historic Sites Summer Guide to learn more about the unique and engaging exhibitions, events, and programs being offered by our incredible state cultural institutions. Some highlights to consider:

Approaching its centennial, the New Mexico Museum of Art hosts the US debut of a world-class exhibition from the British Museum, Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to Now — art that spans over six centuries. This exhibition is part of a larger collaboration with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts’ Art of the Draw.

Exhibitions at the New Mexico History Museum and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (with special programming by the Santa Fe Desert Chorale’s Summer Festival) feature Be Here Now: Summer of Love Santa Fe, a powerful commentary about forms of resistance, individual and social empowerment, alternatives, and the resilience of the human spirit.

Wild Music: Sounds & Songs of Life at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science offers a highly interactive exhibition exploring and learning about nature’s musical score and what makes music through environmental soundscapes, exhibits, and listening experiences.

Dig Kuaua! at the Coronado Historic Site presents a rare opportunity to watch archaeologists on a live dig. The hand-excavation at the ancient site of Kuaua Pueblo will unearth architecture and artifacts dating to the 1500s.

The Department of Cultural Affairs is also excited to bring you a new techno­logy tool we just developed to help in your venture planning via a free download — the New Mexico Cultural Atlas. This mobile app uses geolocation to help travelers find key points of interest near their destination sites and along the way. We encourage you to download the Cultural Atlas and use it to enjoy the history, culture, beauty, and bounty of New Mexico. 

On behalf of all of us at the Department of Cultural Affairs, may you have a safe, happy, and memorable summer, enjoying and experiencing the Land of Enchantment.

Happy Enchanted Trails!

Veronica N. Gonzales
Cabinet Secretary
NM Department of Cultural Affairs

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