Hispanic Culture Day At Legislature Feb. 14


SANTA FE — Hispanic Culture Day, co-hosted by Senator Peter Wirth and the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) Foundation, is Tuesday, Feb. 14.

The event begins at approximately 10 a.m. with a joint session of the New Mexico State Senate and the New Mexico House of Representatives in the House Chambers. This will be followed by a ticketed luncheon at Hotel Eldorado honoring Rep. Monica Youngblood and Sen. Jacob R. Candelaria for their tremendous advocacy for and support of Hispanic cultures and communities.

The keynote speaker for the Hispanic Culture Day Joint Session is Dr. Arturo Madrid, the T. Frank and Norine R. Murchison Distinguished Professor of the Humanities, Emeritus at Trinity University. Dr. Madrid will give a talk titled, “No llegamos ayer: art, culture, and memory in New Mexico.” The event also will include Afro-Latino music and dance by Frank Leto and his musical group PANdemonium and Pilar Leto and her dance group Odara Dance Ensemble.
The luncheon is presented by Molina Healthcare and the NHCC Foundation, and will include remarks from Sen. Wirth, Rep. Youngblood and Sen. Candelaria, as well as the NHCC’s Executive Director Rebecca Avitia and NHCC Foundation’s Director Anna Sanchez. The luncheon will also include entertainment from Ehactl Aztec Dancers and musical group Luz de Luna.
Dr. Madrid is a native of New Mexico and a graduate of the University of New Mexico (1960), and a professor emeritus with Trinity University. In addition to serving as the founding president of the Tomás Rivera Center, the nation’s first institute for policy studies on Latino issues, Dr. Madrid has also held academic and administrative appointments at Dartmouth College, The University of California, San Diego, and the University of Minnesota and has served as Director of the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) and the Minority Institutions Science Improvement Program (MISIP) in the U.S. Department of Education and National Director of the Ford Foundation’s Graduate Fellowship Program for Mexican Americans, Native Americans and Puerto Ricans.
Rep. Monica Youngblood was raised in Albuquerque’s South Valley and elected as a New Mexico State Representative in 2012. Representing New Mexico District 68, Rep. Youngblood has served on many committees, including the House Appropriations and Finance and Education Committees.  Rep. Youngblood has been named as a GOPAC 2013 Emerging Leader (2013), a Rising Star by the Republic National Committee (2014), and a 40 Under 40 Politician to Watch by the Washington Post (2014). During her legislative tenure, Rep. Youngblood has tirelessly advocated for the NHCC on operational, legislative and capital project needs – including the NHCC’s upcoming Welcome Center and National Hispanic Arts Institute and Workshop – as well as for many other organizations representing aspects of Hispanic culture in New Mexico, including the National Institute of Flamenco.
Sen. Jacob Candelaria, also a native New Mexican, received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and his law degree from the University of New Mexico. A past fellow with Think New Mexico, program evaluator with the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee, and Executive Director of Equality New Mexico, Sen. Candelaria was elected to the New Mexico Senate in 2012, representing District 26. Sen. Candelaria currently serves as the Senate Majority Caucus Chairman, making him one of the youngest legislative leaders in the nation. During his tenure with the legislature, Sen. Candelaria has strongly advocated for the NHCC on both capital projects and legislative initiatives, which together have helped create additional revenue streams and complete the NHCC’s campus.
For more information on tickets to or sponsorships of the luncheon, contact Anna Sanchez at asanchez@nhccfoundation.org or 505.383.4782.
The National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to supporting the programmatic and capital needs of National Hispanic Cultural Center. 
The National Hispanic Cultural Center is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and advancement of Hispanic culture, arts, and humanities, and is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. 
If you would like more information about this event or other events at the NHCC, call Kinsey Cooper at 505.377.8968 or email kinsey.cooper@state.nm.us.