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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 848 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.



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: "Without Borders: Arté Sín Fronteras"
A partnership Project with History Colorado Center.

Official Site:

April 13 thru September 2, 2019

Without Borders: Arte Sín Fronteras  was a unique collaboration of contemporary art and cultural history between the Northern Río Grande National Heritage Area & History Colorado, (El Pueblo History Museum & History Colorado Center (Denver).

The exhibition highlighted a diverse range of art media from an impressive collective of artists that address concepts of  living and working within what are called at times homelands  and other times borderlands.  The work of citizen artists shed light on a dialogue that goes back long before our current definitions of statehood.  Language, culture, tradition, and environment are all at the core of how people express ideas about cooperation, education, & resistance in the diversely populated & perpetually contested land that is New Mexico.  

Featured New Mexican Artists:

Thomas Vigil, Erin Currier, Roxanne Swentzell, Rose B. Simpson, Cara Romero, Leland Chapin,  Jodie Herrera, Vicente Telles, Olivia Romo, Lynnette Haozous, Frank Blazquez, Arlene Ladell Hayes, Adria Malcolm, Alberto Zalma, Valerie Rangel, & Leah Prada Harrison, and Dr. Chip Thomas, aka Jetsonorama.