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CNM, National Hispanic Cultural Center Join Forces on Hispanic Art Institute

June 18, 2015 -- CNM and the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) are joining forces to create the National Hispanic Arts Institute & Workshop that’s designed to nurture, enrich and expand the artistic and entrepreneurial experiences of Albuquerque’s artists, local and national art aficionados and art students.
CNM, National Hispanic Cultural Center Join Forces on Hispanic Art Institute

Jul 17, 2015

The National Hispanic Arts Institute will occupy a soon-to-be-renovated 45,000 square foot warehouse owned by the NHCC and located on the southeast corner of Avenida Cesar Chavez and 4th Street, just across the street from the NHCC. Phase one of the Workshop is slated to begin operations in Fall 2016, with a full grand opening in Fall 2017. More than 20,000 people are expected to attend and benefit from the workshop each year.

The announcement was made on Wednesday by New Mexico Secretary of Cultural Affairs Veronica Gonzales, Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry, NHCC Executive Director Rebecca L. Avitia and CNM President Katharine Winograd.

"CNM is extremely proud to be partnering with the National Hispanic Cultural Center on this very exciting effort," said CNM President Katharine Winograd. "And we are looking forward to working with the NHCC in helping the National Hispanic Arts Institute and Workshop become a great success that draws interest locally, regionally and nationally.

"As we all know, New Mexico is home to unique and world-renowned art. And we believe the National Hispanic Arts Institute & Workshop will help spawn new and exciting entrepreneurial activity in New Mexico's art community. This is a very intriguing concept, and we think it's going to be fantastic for New Mexico artists, aspiring art students and our economy."

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The facility will be designed to encourage interaction between professional artists, students, CNM faculty members, community members and visitors to New Mexico. CNM faculty will teach classes and workshops at the Institute. Built on the current maker-movement model, it will make available a variety of tools, equipment and materials for building and creating, such as looms, table saws, soldering irons, screen printers, sewing machines, etc.

The Workshop will offer both informal and formal educational opportunities. Structured workshops will focus on traditional and contemporary Hispanic-influenced artistic techniques and methods, and other workshops will further learning of how the disciplines of science, math and technology are woven into the creation of art.

Skills-based trainings will also be provided, focusing on the various equipment and tools in the space. Artists in residence and CNM faculty members will have the opportunity to learn from and be energized by their connections to students and each other. It will be a space that welcomes all, from the expert seeking specialized learning opportunities and the artist-maker seeking a place to create, to those who are just beginning to explore the role of art in their life.