Cross Pollination Exhibit at 516 Arts, 2017

Cross Pollination Exhibit at 516 Arts, 2017

The New Mexico Humanities Council Awards Major Grants

31 Dec 2017

The New Mexico Humanities Council awarded six grants to non-profits around the state totaling $45,000 in funding. The organizations receiving the grant awards will match them with more than $235,575 in in-kind contributions. 

These grants help promote and advance discussions in their respective topics, promoting community conversations and civic dialogue at each public program.  With the assistance of the New Mexico Humanities Council, these programs are offered to the public free of charge or at a minimal entrance fee.    

The New Mexico Humanities Council (NMHC) supports these non-profit organizations to help develop their public humanities programs for New Mexico audiences and provides general support to help accomplish their core humanities missions. 

The NMHC board of directors provided funding for the following projects in the November 2017 Major Grant cycle:

  • Experiments in Cinema: Future Trends in Cultural Representation ($7,848) – This annual celebration of transcultural cinematic history includes screenings, lectures and workshops that explore diverse, alternative approaches to transnational media ethnography. Lesser known media traditions are featured and consider how they might inform ways in which New Mexicans think about identity awareness through the dynamic, interactive community of a film festival. The program will take place in Albuquerque, April 10-14, 2018. For more information, contact project director Bryan Konefsky at 

  • Sacred Objects and Places in the Middle Ages ($7,315) – UNM’s Institute for Medieval Studies will host its 33rd Spring Lecture Series featuring five distinguished speakers. A rich series of presentations will be offered investigating the sacred associations of artifacts and locations within the four traditions of Western Christendom, Greek Orthodoxy, Judaism, and Islam. Topics of individual lectures will include the Book of Kells, Greek icons, the books associated with Passover rituals, the Dome of the Rock and the Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, and the Quest of the Holy Grail. The program will take place in Albuquerque, April 23-26, 2018. For more information, contact project director Timothy C. Graham at 

  • Santa Fe’s Colorful Legacy: Celebrating 100+ Years of Art, Culture and History ($5,500) – The School for Advanced Research (SAR) and the New Mexico Museum of Art (MoA) will present a series of presentations and panel discussions in honor of the centennial celebration of the Museum of Art, SAR’s 110th anniversary, and the 40th anniversary of the Indian Arts Research Center at SAR. These presentations will relate to the centennial exhibit at the MoA, Horizons: People and Place in 20th Century New Mexican Art and will focus on shared aspects of Native American art and architecture in New Mexico. The programs will take place in Santa Fe, January – October, 2018 at MoA. For more information, contact project director Nancy Owen Lewis at 

  • Telling the Stories: The Personal Accounts of New Mexico Jews in Business and Community Life ($5,737) – The New Mexico Jewish Historical Society (NMJHS) completes four new oral histories of New Mexico Jewish families who contributed to and made a difference in the business and community life in 20th Century New Mexico. For more information, please contact project director Harvey Buchalter at or Dr. Noel H. Pugach at 

  • Nisei the Greatest Generation: Japanese American Soldiers, Protesters, and Prisoners of World War II ($8,600) – The New Mexico Japanese American Citizens League presents living history readings of the Nisei, American-born sons and daughters of Japanese immigrants, who grew up during the Great Depression, reached maturity during WWII and survived the war in a variety of ways—as soldiers in all-Japanese American military units fighting in Europe; as prisoners of U.S. internment camps; or as protesters fighting the injustices of internment. Presentations will take place February – May, 2018 in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Lordsburg, Los Alamos, and Santa Fe. For more information, please contact project director Nikki Nojima Louis at 

  • US-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination and Possibility ($10,000)- 516 ARTS, in partnership with Albuquerque Museum, presents a group exhibition developed by nationally renowned curator Lowery Stokes Sims. This timely exhibition, accompanied by a series of public programs, showcases the work of over 40 designers and artists working along the U.S./Mexico border whose work engages with the intersections of culture that have developed in the region and the migrants and citizens who live there. This event will take place in Albuquerque, January 13 – April 15, 2018. For more information, please contact project director Josie Lopez at

Learn more about the New Mexico Humanities Council Grant Program

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