Educational Program Sponsorship in Communities Statewide
NMHC programs are usually free (some groups may charge a modest admission just to cover their costs of that program.) Our programs are always open to the public in virtually every county, city, and many villages in New Mexico. For nearly a half century, NMHC has sponsored countless public humanities programs, including over 3,000 Chautauquans and Speakers programs within the past 10 years alone. NMHC programs reach a statewide audience of over 500,000 each year.
Fosters Economic Development
NMHC sponsors programs in the humanities for museums, libraries, historical and cultural sites, and over 50 communities each year. Over 19 million visits are made annually to New Mexico cultural resources, accounting for twenty percent of the $2.2 billion tourism industry ($438 million). NMHC strives to foster this economic development in a responsible way by supporting compelling and thought provoking humanities-related projects.
Multiplies Your Investment in the Humanities
NMHC program support is matched by local communities at 2.5 to 1; an average $700,000 a year in matching contributions by foundation and institutional support.
Public Education Support
NMHC provides educational film, videos, audiotapes, and traveling exhibits to hundreds of schools, libraries, museums, and community groups each year. Over the last 10 years, NMHC has annually sponsored over 300 public education programs statewide, including a two-week residential institute for teachers of New Mexico's history.
Connects Traditions of the Past with the Issues of Today
NMHC documents and preserves New Mexico's rich traditions and cultural heritage, presenting educational and entertaining programs statewide.
Promotes and Fosters Civic Participation and Responsibility
NMHC is involved in a number of activities which enhance the public's understanding of and engagement in civic life. We sponsor major programs on the foundations of democracy (the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and Religious Freedom) as well as public forums on issues such as land use practices, the homeless, the incarcerated, science and society, immigration, the role of government, and the importance of community. NMHC funds help support local communities, rural and urban, as they explore their history, culture, their past and their future.