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COLCHA CIRCLE: A Stitch of Northern New Mexico Culture

COLCHA CIRCLE: A Stitch of Northern New Mexico Culture, a new documentary film

Now Showing! Daily Screenings
The Heritage Center 854 State Road 68, Alcade, NM 87511
(505) 852-0030
Tues. thru Sat. 9:30am to 5:00pm (closed Mondays)

NOW SHOWING at The Heritage Center in Alcalde, is a new Documentary film, “Colcha Circle” which captures a wide-ranging discussion on this tradition with 11 acclaimed Colcha Artists from Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado.

Fiber art is one of the oldest forms of artistic expression, and New Mexico is one of the few regions left in the United States where fiber art is thriving. Over the past centuries, fiber art has played a crucial role in the economy of this region. To fully understand and appreciate New Mexico’s diverse culture, rich traditions, and colorful history, you have to understand the art.

Running Time: 44 Minutes, Free Admission. Open to the Public.


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Your Cultural Guide to Northern New Mexico - 2019-2020 Edition

The new FIFTH 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

Art Exhibition: "Our Heritage Area"
A partnership Project with Artists of Northern New Mexico.

November 1 thru March 1, 2020
Alcalde, New Mexico



Currently on display at the Heritage Center is our largest exhibition to date, since opening in 2017.

The exhibition, Our Heritage Area,  highlights a diverse range of art media from an impressive collective of artists spanning centuries of Northern New Mexico history .  Language, culture, tradition, and environment are all at the core of how creatives express ideas about cooperation, education, and resistance in the diversely populated & perpetually contested land that is New Mexico. 

Maps, artifacts, and weavings from the early 19th century, on loan from Mark & Linda Winter include banded blankets, Saltillo style serapes, and a very rare horse saddle given as a gift from the President of Mexico to the Governor of New Mexico in 1929 are on display for visitors daily. It is an educational exhibit, complete with informative labels.

The Heritage Center is located in Alcalde, NM. 1/2 way between Santa Fe & Taos on State Hwy 68 & we are open Tuesday thru Saturday 9:30am to 5pm. For info. or to schedule a visit, call - (505) 852-0030.

Learn what it means to live within a National Heritage Area that covers 10,000 square miles. All of Santa Fe County, Rio Arriba County, and Taos County are included.

Our contemporary gallery features the work of many artists:

Roxanne Swentzell, Clare Cresap Villa, Rose B. Simpson, Cara Romero,  Jodie Herrera, Vicente Telles, Olivia Romo, Lynnette Haozous, Arlene Ladell Hayes, Adria Malcolm, Alberto Zalma, Diana Breyer, Valerie Rangel,  Jetsonorama, John Kincheloe, Loretta Atencio,  Bri Cimino, Anna Lise Keys, Ron Mier, Roger Montoya, Zoe Urness, and more!