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Programs & Activities

The Seven Samurai by Akira Kurasawa

March 9, 7:00pm @ Rio Grand Theatre

The Cultural Center is hosting a screening of The Seven Samurai by Akira Kurasawa at the Rio Grande Theatre, to provide context to the book being read in this years' The Big Read. "The Big Read" 2018 is being hosted by New Mexico State University and this year's book is Into the Beautiful North by Louis Alberto Urrea. The book follows Nayeli, a young girl living in a Mexican village who in inspired by the film The Magnificent Seven to travel from her home in Mexico to the United States to enlist seven men who have left town to return and help protect it from drug-dealing bandidos. For information on the book, and all related programming, contact Dr. Miriam Chaiken, Dean of the Honors College at (575) 646-2005.

Archaeology Day

Saturday, March 10, 10:00am to 1:00pm

People have lived in the Las Cruces area for over 10,000 years. How much do you know about the ancient history of our area? Join local archaeologists at the Cultural Center to learn more about the deep past of New Mexico through presentations and hands-on experiences.

Mirage: Paper Marbling Workshops I & II

Create a unique artwork based on the process of Ellen Wetmore, whose artwork is in Mirage, on exhibition though March 24. Ms. Wetmore uses hand-marbled paper and ink to create individualized pieces, guided by the one of a kind shapes formed by the marbling process.

Part I - Paper Marbling

March 17, 1:00pm

In this workshop, explore the materials and process of paper marbling, creating a design to take home. Participants are encouraged to return the following week for Part II of the workshop, where you will use the paper as the basis for the final artwork. However, you do not need to attend both workshops.

Part II - Marbled Drawing

March 24, 1:00pm

In this workshop, you will use the paper marbled in the previous week's workshop. Using Ms. Wetmore's technique of allowing the marbling to dictate the drawing, participants draw what they see on the marbled paper, creating artwork that is unique and personalized. You do not have to have participated in the previous workshop; the museum will provide new sheets of marbled paper for anyone who was not able to attend the March 17 workshop.

Storyland Scavenger Hunt

Thursdays, April 6 through June 2, 10:00am to 12:00pm

Join us Thursdays for hands-on explorations of the exhibit Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites (on loan from the Minnesota Children's Museum). Each week, the museum will provide a list of sights and sounds for families to search for, just like in the book Where's Spot? by Eric Hill.

History Notes Lectures

Thursdays at 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Join us for our lecture series that relates to various topics in history!

  • March 8 - Wendell Chino, the Mescalero Nation, and Native American Politics in the 20th Century by Jeff Shepherd, Ph.D.
  • April 12 - The Messiah from New Mexico: Francis Schlatter by Jeff Schwehn, Ph.D.

Culture Club

Saturdays, 10:00am to 12:00pm

Drop in to learn about world cultures through arts and crafts. Each month will focus on a different theme.

March 3 - Celtic knots
March 10 - no Club. Please join us for Archaeology Day
March 17 - Woven thistles
March 24 - Irish Lace
March 31 - Tartan patterns

April 7 - Aboriginal dot art
April 14 - Australian and Aboriginal flag symbols
April 21 - no Club. Please join us in celebration of Earth Day
April 28 - Pictograph rock paining

Museum Guide Training

Museum guides, or docents, interact with students and other public groups in the galleries and facilitate tours of permanent and traveling exhibits. They also participate in and lead educational programs in association with exhibits. Training focuses on techniques of meeting the public, answering questions and presenting information relative to the exhibits. Call 541-2154 for more information.