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Free Family-friendly Fun at Museum Hill Community Day 2018, Sept. 23

August 9th, 2018

(Santa Fe, New Mexico) -- Have you ever been to Museum Hill in Santa Fe? Many New Mexicans don’t even know it exists. You can explore all the riches this unique Santa Fe collaborative of museums and botanical garden has to offer free of charge during Community Day, Sunday, Sept. 23. This event attracts 2,000 people to Museum Hill, where all museums offer a slew of activities for the entire family.  

Admission to all museums and the botanical garden is free during Community Day, which has become one of the capital city’s most popular annual events. This daylong event is hosted by Museum Hill Partners, which include the: Museum of International Folk Art; Museum of Indian Arts and Culture; Museum of Spanish Colonial Art; the National Park Service; Santa Fe Botanical Garden; and the Wheelwright Museum of The American Indian.

“Each year on this special day, we look forward to sharing the unique treasures of Museum Hill as a way of saying ‘thank you’ to the dedicated community of museum lovers for supporting our museums and the beautiful Santa Fe Botanical Garden,” said Department of Cultural Affairs Cabinet Secretary Veronica Gonzales. 


10:00 AM • Sky City Buffalo Elk Dance Group (Acoma Pueblo). Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian (WMAI)

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM • Tin Workshop. Get a brief introduction to working with tin and make your own ornament. Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts (MOSCA)

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM • Nature Crafts in the garden. Santa Fe Botanical Garden (SFBG)

10:00 AM to 1:00 PM • Matanza Traditional Pig Roast. $12 per person, $6 children under 7 years of age. Join the Spanish Colonial Arts Society for this annual social ritual that celebrates the harvest of meat and the bonds of immediate and extended families. MOSCA

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM • Gerardo’s Andale Food Truck. WMAI

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM • Docent Tours. Take a tour through the garden, ask questions and learn how to incorporate elements of the landscaping into your own backyard. SFBG

10:00 AM to 5:00 PM • Community Chalk Mural. SFBG

10:00 AM to 5:00 PM • Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Native Treasures Collectors’ Sale - FINAL DAY. Laboratory of Anthropology

11:00 AM • Children’s Crafts Session. WMAI

12:00 PM • Sky City Buffalo Elk Dance Group (Acoma Pueblo). WMAI

12:00 to 4:00 PM • Hollis Chitto (Choctaw / Laguna / Isleta Pueblo), a rising star in the beading world, offers a Beading Demonstration. Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC)

12:00 to 4:00 PM • Bead It! Activity. Design and create your own unique bead with polymer clay. MIAC

12:00 to 4:00 PM • Community Bead Exchange. Have fun going through your collection, price the beads you want to exchange, and trade with others. Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA)

1:00 PM • The Earth Turns: Autumnal Equinox with Flute by Glee Briggs. Join the Labyrinth Resource Group of Santa Fe for a special labyrinth walk. Milner Plaza

1:00 PM • INNASTATE. Santa Fe’s contemporary reggae band performs on Milner Plaza. MIAC

1:00 to 2:00 PM • Marie Romero Cash, author and a Master of Lifetime Achievement in the Spanish Market, reads from several of her books about the art and culture of the Southwest, including excerpts from her Jemimah Hodge Mystery Series. MOSCA

1:00 to 3:00 PM • Melanie Yazzie (Navajo) presents a Printmaking Demonstration. WMAI

1:00 to 4:00 PM • Community Seed Exchange. Bring seeds you want to trade or share with others and learn about how seeds have moved around the world through trade. SFBG

1:30 PM • Storyteller Joe Hayes. WMAI

2:00 PM • Children’s Crafts Session. WMAI

2:00 PM • Acoma Rain Dance Group performs on Milner Plaza. MIAC

3:00 PM • INNASTATE. Santa Fe’s contemporary reggae band performs on Milner Plaza. MIAC

3:00 to 4:00 PM • Salsa Dancing Presentation with Darrin Visarraga. Beginners’ class of salsa dancers perform routines then invite audience participation. MOSCA

3:30 PM • Storyteller Joe Hayes. WMAI

4:00 PM • Acoma Rain Dance Group performs on Milner Plaza. MIAC


About the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs: Created in 1978 by the New Mexico Legislature, the Department of Cultural Affairs represents New Mexico’s dedication to preserving and celebrating the cultural integrity and diversity of our state. The Department oversees a broad range of New Mexico’s arts and cultural heritage agencies, which include divisions representing a variety of programs and services. Among its primary functions is the management of the largest state sponsored museum system in the country. New Mexico’s historic sites and state-run museums are located across the state and include: New Mexico Historic Sites, Statewide; New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors, Santa Fe; New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe; Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe; Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe; New Mexico Museum of Space History, Alamogordo; New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Albuquerque; New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, Las Cruces; and the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque. The Department also oversees the New Mexico State Library, Historic Preservation Division, New Mexico Arts, and the Office of Archaeological Studies. Events, news releases and images about activities in divisions of the Department of Cultural Affairs can be accessed at 


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6-Museum Hill Family mural painting  during Community Day on Museum Hill, Santa Fe. Photo courtesy of the Museum of International Folk Art.

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