Bienvenidos (Spanish), Be-Po-Wa-Ve (Tewa), He-Ya-Ho (Tiwa), Daanzho (Apache). These are all ways to say, Welcome! to the Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area.
Each of these languages is still spoken in Northern New Mexico, a Cradle of Settlement that encompasses a mosaic of cultures, including the Jicarilla Apache, 8 Tewa and Tiwa Native Pueblos, and communities established by the descendants of Spanish colonists who settled in the area beginning in 1598, a generation before the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock.
Residents continue to speak their native languages along with English, and to share the traditions and practices of their ancestors in a cultural expression that leaves a strong imprint on residents and visitors alike. Indeed, visitors are advised that most of the place names and references are in Spanish, with Spanish pronunciations.
The Heritage Area stretches south to north from I-40 in the center of the State to the Colorado border. Area boundaries include all of Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos counties, a total area of 10,000 square miles in North-central New Mexico.
COMING TO THE NORTHERN RIO GRANDE NATIONAL HERITAGE CENTER IN ALCALDE
AUGUST 25: BACA FAMILY HISTORICAL PROJECT REGIONAL CONFERENCE – 10AM TO 4PM
The National Heritage Area is hosting the Regional Conference of the Baca Family Historical Project at the Heritage Center on Saturday, August 25th from 10AM to 4PM. The Conference presents the work of the Baca Family Historical Project, which explores connections of Northern NM Hispanics to the Cristobal Baca family and his descendants. Attendees to the conference will be offered help in charting their genealogy and possible linkages to the Baca family tree. For qualifying individuals, DNA testing will be offered to consider possible connection to the mystery disease, Cerebral Cavernous Angiomas, which is traced to Cristobal Baca and his wife.
AUGUST 31: GRANT APPLICATIONS DUE – 5PM - Just a reminder.
Grant applications for the Fall 2018 Cycle are due Friday, August 31, 2018. They must be postmarked by 5PM on that date, or delivered by 5PM on that date to the Heritage Center in Alcalde, north of Española. See instructions within.
SEPTEMBER 22: NORTHERN RIO GRANDE NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA ANNUAL MEETING – 9:30AM TO 12:30PM
The Annual Meeting of the Northern Rio Grande NHA will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018, from 9:30AM to 12:30PM. Key items on the Agenda are:
• Presentation on the Rio Grande Trail;
• Presentation of the FY2018 Audit Report;
• Election of officers;
• Grant Committee Recommendations on 2018 Grants;
• Presentation of the Executive Director’s annual report, financial status, and program for next Fiscal Year.
SEPTEMBER 29: FIFTH BIENNIAL COLCHA EXHIBIT OPENING – 1PM TO 4PM
The Northern Rio Grande NHA is hosting the 5th Biennial NNM Spanish Colonial Colcha Embroidery Art Exhibition in partnership with Colcha Friends and the Española Valley Fiber Arts Center. An opening reception will be held from 1PM to 4PM on Saturday, September 29th at the Heritage Center in Alcalde. The exhibit will extend from October 1 to November 1, 2018.
SPONSORSHIP IN PUEBLO COLORADO:
The Northern Rio Grande NHA has established a collaboration with the El Pueblo History Museum, to present Without Borders: Art Sín Fronteras, in Pueblo, Colorado. The exhibit presents the work of artists from Northern New Mexico, Western Texas, Southern California, Central Arizona, and Southern Colorado, exploring the concept of Borderlands and what homelands are today. The exposition has been curated by Leland Chapin, who is the staff curator of the Casa Rosada Contemporary Art Gallery at the Northern Rio Grande NHA Heritage Center. A total of 17 artists will be featured in the exhibit, most from Northern NM.
SEPTEMBER 20: This is the opening day of the exhibit in Pueblo, with live performances and entertainment. The exhibit will run through February 2019. A display of artists’ profiles will be shown at the Heritage Center.
We are pleased to announce the 2018 FALL Grants Cycles is now open.
Please see the announcements and guidelines in the GRANTS section.
LAND WATER PEOPLE TIME - Your Cultural Guide to Northern New Mexico - 2018/2019 Edition
The new fourth issue of our Heritage Area publication is now available in Taos, Española, Santa Fe and vicinities at selected magazine stands and visitor centers, and at our National Heritage Center in Alcalde. You may read it online at issuu.com.
Our Meet The Artists section will be undergoing upgrade to facilitate submission and posting of artist's profiles. This will enable visitors to contact artists of all types throughout the Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area and to view samples of their work.