The NHCC is the only national cultural center located outside Washington, D.C. and reflects the fact that 40% of New Mexico's population is Hispanic. Anyone visiting Albuquerque (we call it the Duke City) should go online to see what's happening there during their visit. There are flamenco shows at the large theatre, learning crafts like papel picado for the kids, art shows and a whole lot more: coming up Day of the Dead at the end of October. At that time there are usually altars designed by schools and classes. My favorite thing is the 3000 square foot mural inside the Toreon (big tower) by Federico Vigil. This massive mural covers the Hispanic history in New Mexico and integrates the Native American cultures as well. It can be visited free on Sundays from 10-4. I have been there many times and was a docent for a time.
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