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Family day

Family day

A Family Day: Preservando los Santos

The National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico (NHCCNM), Albuquerque, NM, and the Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education (SCMRE) invite the public to a jointly organized day-long program of activities about the making and preserving of santos on Saturday, August 4, 2001. The program will begin at 10:00 AM and conclude around 4:00 PM. The day's events coincide with the SCMRE exhibition SANTOS: Substance & Soul/Sustancia y Alma, which will be on display at the NHCCNM from June 22 through November 4, 2001.

Activities on Saturday, August 4 include:

  • Lectures and presentations by specialists discussing scientific analysis and preservation of artifacts; and the materials and techniques for the making of santos
  • Arts and crafts activities for children of all ages on the making of santos
  • Guided tours of the exhibit

  • An artifact "clinic" where conservators assess the condition of your santos (they will not be appraising them)

  • Demonstrations of the best ways to display, store, and transport santos to minimize damage

  • Demonstrations by santeros/santeras, both from New Mexico and elsewhere

  • A family-oriented education program

Advanced registration is not required.
For further information contact:
Dr. Helen Lucero
Director, Visual Arts Program
National Hispanic Cultural Center
1701 4th Street SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
(505) 246-2261, fax (505) 246-2613

This program is made possible, in part, by the generous financial and organizational support of the Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives (SCLI) and The Spanish Colonial Arts Society (SCAS).

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