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From the Cabinet Secretary

Holiday Greetings from the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs!

Veronica N. Gonzales, Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs

We are excited to share some extraordinary happenings in the coming season at the Department of Cultural Affairs.

The very cornerstone upon which the country’s largest state museum system was founded, the New Mexico Museum of Art, is celebrating its centennial year! The Museum has just reopened after a two-month closure and extensive renovation, with many activities and 100 Centennial events planned to celebrate this milestone birthday. In recognition of the fascinating and pivotal history of this Museum in creating New Mexico’s identity as a world-class art market, events are scheduled throughout the holiday season and centennial year. Be sure to check out the calendar portion of this Winter Guide for event information.

In 2018, “STEM” will be cooking up “STEAM”! The entire Department of Cultural Affairs has focused on STEAM — Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. We are working to ensure the “A” is added to STEAM, by including critical art education programming along with science and tech. Each DCA institution has STEAM programming throughout 2018. Come join us for educational programming for the whole family at any of our statewide sites, as we move full-STEAM ahead on fun, educational adventures.

We are particularly excited to be able to bring the world-class Grande Exhibitions’ blockbuster, Da Vinci — The Genius exhibition to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science from February 10 through July 29, 2018. This exhibition includes 65 life-sized models of Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions and a multi-media forensic study Secrets of the Mona Lisa, of his most famous painting, as well as his written notes including the design of cities, flight and scuba inventions, studies of nature, and all the various facets of da Vinci’s remarkable curiosity.

As you celebrate this holiday season, we sincerely hope you enjoy the precious gifts of New Mexico’s art and culture. Special traditions include, Lights Among the Ruins — Luminarias at Jemez Historic Site, holiday performances at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, and Christmas at the Palace at the NM History Museum/Palace of the Governors. New Mexico state historic sites and museums celebrate our deep and rich history. New Mexico has been home to artists and outlaws, our nation’s oldest capital city and the land of the ancients, with centuries packed with history of conflict, conquest, and harmony.

Please join us! We look forward to seeing you, your families, and your visitors!

Felíz Navidad y Próspero Año y Felicidad,

Veronica N. Gonzales
Cabinet Secretary
New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs

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