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Culture Day Showcases New Mexico’s Cultural Diversity

February 08, 2013

Santa Fe - The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs will host “Culture Day” at the State Capitol Rotunda from 8 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Monday, February 11, 2013. Interactive exhibits featuring New Mexico’s state-run museums and monuments, as well as arts, historic preservation, archaeology and library programs will be offered to legislators and visitors to the Capitol throughout the day.

The Museum of International Folk Art will share aspects of the dynamic exhibition “New World Cuisine: The Histories of Chocolate, Mate y Mas” through the aromatic adventure of grinding herbs. The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum’s popular chuck wagon will be on hand serving freshly-made biscuits at the Capitol’s east entrance. The Space History Museum will have the Mercury capsule for visitors to experience what is was like to be an early astronaut and offering samples of LOXIC, which is Liquid Oxygen Ice Cream made onsite. The Office of Archaeological Studies will demonstrate yucca leaf and fiber artifact creation. Booths will also be offered by the NM Museum of Art, NM Museum of History, NM Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, National Hispanic Cultural Center, NM Museum of Natural History and Science, NM State Monuments, NM Arts, NM Historic Preservation Division, and the NM State Library.

At noon, Secretary Veronica N. Gonzales will be joined by local children who will be sharing their dreams for the future of New Mexico, as part of “Connecting a Century of Dreams” Centennial project which involved children from across New Mexico writing their dreams on commemorative bands. More than 5000 individual bands will be linked to form a chain. Entertainment will be provided by Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association Advanced Elementary Strings, Gonzales Community School Grade 5 Choir, and Acoustic Americana Ensemble – Academy for Technology and Classics.

The Department of Cultural Affairs is New Mexico’s cultural steward and is charged with preserving and showcasing the state’s cultural riches. With its eight museums, eight historic monuments, arts, archaeology, historic preservation and library programs, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs is the largest state cultural agency in the nation. Together, the facilities, programs and services of the Department support a $3.3 billion cultural industry in New Mexico.

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