¡Viva la Cultura!

Spanish Colonial Arts Society ushers in Spanish Market with festival of Hispanic culture

Date July 14, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Author Staff

Categories Art Markets & Galleries Community Culture Education Lectures & Workshops Entertainment & Nightlife Family Festivals


As the Spanish Market approaches, Santa Fe will again play host to a variety of events that celebrate Hispanic culture. The Spanish Colonial Arts Society is producing a Hispanic culture festival at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art on Museum Hill, July 22-26. The week-long festival culminates in the 63rd Annual Spanish Market, taking place on the historic Santa Fe Plaza, July 26 and 27.

The festivities have been dubbed ¡Viva la Cultura! and will feature a range of activities that place Hispanic art – the focal point of Spanish Market – into its wider context. Music, food, history, film, celebration and a family day are all part of this cultural festival.

Kicking off the week on July 22, ¡Viva la Familia! will feature youth artists from the Spanish Market giving demonstrations of their art. Performances will include Nicolasa Chávez and Pasión Flamenca, La Sociedad Folklórica, The Fiesta Court, La Sociedad Española de Santa Fe and Cielito Lindo. Authors and storytellers Dolores Valdez de Pong and Nasario Garcia will also make appearances.

¡Viva la Historia!, July 23, is a lecture day that includes a presentation by Spanish Market artist James Córdova of the University of Colorado. Córdova will speak on the topic of his new book, which examines the fascinating genre of Mexican colonial paintings known as monjas coronades (crowned nuns). There will also be a presentation on the early years of the Spanish market by Bill Field, John Jiménez, Monica Sosaya Halford, Marie Romero Cash and Ray Herrera.

¡Sabor y Son!, on July 24, features a paella lunch and a concert of classical Spanish and New World Hispanic music by iconic local names like Nacha Mendez and Annamaria Cardinalli. Later that night, catch a viewing of ¡Viva Nuestro Ciné!, a film night that features a performance of New Mexican folk songs, by Cipriano Vigil y la Familia Vigil followed by a variety of short films by New Mexican Hispanic filmmakers, including the award-winning "The Princess and the Musician" by Alejandro Montoya Marin. 

¡Viva la Prevista! closes the week on Friday, July 25 with a Spanish Market art preview at Santa Fe Community Convention Center. This is the first opportunity to purchase the works of award-winning Spanish Market artists. The preview opens to the public from 7-9 p.m., after Collectors' Hour from 6-7 p.m.

There is something for everyone at ¡Viva la Cultura!

For more information or to buy tickets to any of the events above, please call the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art at (505) 982-2226.