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Brown Bag Lecture, April 11, 12 p

The Las Cruces Railroad Museum hosts a free Brown Bag Lecture at 12pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. On April 11, Dr. Peter Kopp will present “A History of Hops and the Craft Beer Revolution.”

Kopp is an Assistant Professor of History at New Mexico State University, and serves at the Director of the Public History Program. He specializes in environmental and agricultural history, the North American West, and public history.

His first book, Hoptopia: A World of Agriculture of Beer in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, was published in 2016. He is currently working on a biography of Fabian Garcia, who is known as the Father of New Mexico Chile.

Admission to the Railroad Museum is free! The museum is located at 351 N. Mesilla Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Saturday 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit the website at: museums.las-cruces.org or call (575) 647-4480.

If you need an accommodation for a disability to enable you to fully participate in this event, please contact the museum 48 hours prior to the event.

Summer Scholarships Available

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The Las Cruces Museum System, in memory of William Wachtel, offers a limited number of scholarships for children, teens, and adults to participate in classes at the museums.

Scholarships apply to classes at each museum, including art programs, science camps, summer camp and history/cultural workshops. Scholarships are intended to provide financial assistance to individuals interested in museum classes, and, if awarded, the scholarship covers 100% of the class tuition and required supplies.

To apply, complete the online scholarship application: http://bit.ly/LCMScholarships.

Scholarship applications for summer must be received by May 1, for classes that are hosted between June 1 – August 31.

Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis for qualifying applications. Students applying for a scholarship cannot register for class in advance. Scholarship applications are accepted each trimester and are destroyed at the end of the session.

The Scholarship Application is separate from the Course Registration, and applicants will be asked to provide proof of need. If you receive a Scholarship Award, you will register for your selected course during the open registration period.

Scholarships are sponsored by the Foundation for Las Cruces Museums.

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“From Days of Infamy to Days of Remembrance: One Woman’s Journey” – Talk on Saturday, April 8, 12 p

Nikki Nojima Louis, a Japanese American, will present a talk entitled, From Days of Infamy to Days of Remembrance: One Woman’s Journey, on Saturday, April 8 from 12pm to 1pm, in the Branigan Cultural Center. Dr. Louis invites you to inhabit the lives and times of the generation of Japanese Americans who grew up under the cloud of what a congressional investigation committee in 1983 called “race prejudice and war hysteria.” The talk will be in conjunction with Issei and Beyond: The Nakayama Family’s Journey in the Mesilla Valley on display at the Branigan Cultural Center through May 13, 2017.

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Nikki Nojima Louis is a Japanese American writer who was born in Seattle, incarcerated during WWII in an Idaho prison camp, and grew up in Chicago, where she was the only non-white member of several professional dance companies. In the Pacific Northwest, she was education director of the Group Theatre’s National Multicultural Playwrights Festival and a member of the Seattle/Soviet Theater Exchange where, in 1989, she spent 5 weeks working with Russian and Muslim theater companies in Uzbekistan. Her oral history play on Japanese Americans, “Breaking the Silence”, has been performed throughout the United States and was performed in Hiroshima, Japan, in 2013. She has taught Creative Writing and Asian American Literature at UNM, hosted Hiroshima bomb survivors for a forum, “From Hiroshima to Hope,” and created “Inhabiting History” programs that have toured New Mexico and other states.

Admission to the Branigan Cultural Center is free. The museum is located at 501 North Main Street and is open Tuesday – Friday from 10am to 4:30pm, and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit the website at: museums.las-cruces.org or call 575.541.2154.

If you need an accommodation to enable you to fully participate in this event, please contact the museum 48 hours prior to the event.

Slow Art Day at the Museum, April 8

Slow Art Day is a global event with a simple mission: help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art. When people look slowly at a piece of art they make discoveries. The most important discovery they make is that they can see and experience art without expertise. It unlocks passion and creativity and helps to create more art lovers.

Slow Art DayOne day each year – April 8 in 2017 – people all over the world visit local museums and galleries to look at art slowly and share their experience. Simple by design, the goal is to focus on the art and the art of seeing.

On April 8, the museum is featuring the All-City High Schools’ Senior Show, on view through April 22.

Admission to the City of Las Cruces Museums are free. The museums are located on the downtown mall and are open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit the website at: museums.las-cruces.org.

If you need an accommodation for a disability to enable you to fully participate in this event, please contact the museum 48 hours prior to the event.

New exhibits in April: All-City High Schools Senior Show 2017 and Wolves and Wild Lands in the 21st Century

Both the Branigan Cultural Center and the Las Cruces Museum of Art will have new exhibits opening on Friday, April 7. Branigan Cultural Center will host Wolves and Wild Lands in the 21st Century and the Museum of Art will host the All-City High Schools Senior Show 2017. A reception will be held in conjunction with the First Friday Ramble from 5pm to 7pm at both museums.

The All-City High Schools Senior Show 2017 will last for only one week, through Saturday, April 15.

The exhibition will feature works in a broad variety of art media and culinary arts. Participating artists are graduating seniors from Las Cruces area high schools – Las Cruces High, Mayfield, Onate, Centennial, and Alma d’Arte. Awards will be juried by Las Cruces artists Terry Wolfe and Georjeanna Feltha. An awards presentation will take place at the reception on April 7.

Wolves and Wild Lands in the 21st Century was created by the International Wolf Center Wolf Female Greyin collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota, and travelled by the Bell Museum of Natural History. The exhibit explores the uncertain future of wolves in a world increasingly dominated by humans.

The story of wolves in North America takes us to many places, from the Arctic to the southwestern United States. For every region where wolves thrive – or struggle to survive – cultural and economic pressures continue to shape their existence. Challenges such as habitat destruction, wolves killing livestock, and the hunting and trapping of wolves is addressed through mounts of wolf specimens from across North America accompanied by panels with engaging pictures, maps, and text.

Admission is free to the Las Cruces Museums, located on Downtown Main Street. The museums are open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm, and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit the website at museums.las-cruces.org.

If you need an accommodation for a disability to enable you to fully participate in this event, please contact the museum 48 hours prior to the event.

Railroad Museum Activities in April

The Las Cruces Railroad museum hosts activities during April for everyone to enjoy!

The whole family is invited to participate in Family Game Day from 10am to 12pm Dominos.jpegSaturday, April 8. The museum provides a variety of old-fashioned games that have been popular for centuries, as well as wooden and jigsaw puzzles. The origin of Dominos can be traced to 13th century China before they made their way to Europe in the 18th century and eventually became the game we know today.

storytime“Mrs. Prickett’s Story Time” is at 11am on Thursday, April 13. Join Mrs. Prickett and her delightful puppets as they read books and tell stories. A related activity appropriate for pre-school children will follow the story. Another story time for children of all ages is at 11am on Saturday, April 15.

Coloring Club for adults will be from 10am to 12pm on Friday, April 14. Countless people are discovering that coloring is a fun way to recapture one of the joys of childhood. Bring your own book and colored pencils, or use our materials. We have a wide variety of pages ready to be colored, from simple pictures to intricate designs.

The 10th annual Train Day will be held from 10am – 2pm on Saturday, April 29.

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The Railrunner will be back in Las Cruces for the first time in seven years. Come by to see it and model trains from the Dona Ana Modular Railroad Club, historic Harvey Girl and train staff re-enactors from El Paso, live steam demonstrations, and educational material to challenge your train trivia skills. Students from the New Mexico State University class ‘Time Traveling to 1912’ will present skits between 10am and 12pm. Two local country music bands will also be performing, Daisy Blue at 11am, and Vince Alten at 12:30pm.

Admission to the Railroad Museum is free! The museum is located at 351 N. Mesilla Street and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Saturday 9am to 4:30pm For additional information, visit the website at: museums.las-cruces.org or call (575) 647-4480.

If you need an accommodation for a disability to enable you to fully participate in this event, please contact the museum 48 hours prior to the event.

Art Workshops in April

The Las Cruces Museums will be hosting art workshops at both the Branigan Cultural Center and Museum of Art every Saturday in April from 10am to 12pm.

The Branigan Cultural Center presents the family program Culture Club with the following schedule:

April 8 – The Mexican gray wolf (or El lobo) is the most endangered subspecies of wolf in the world. Visitors will create their own wolves mask and learn about the Mexican gray wolf.

April 15 – Kimonos are a Japanese traditional garment. Visitors will make their own kimono paper dolls, and learn about kimonos in the Japanese culture.

April 22 – Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which day events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. We welcome families to join us in celebrating our planet and indulge in a stone painting activity.

April 29 – The best way to determine if wolves are present is to find their tracks. Wolf tracks can be more than twice as big as a coyote’s! We will be creating an art piece out of wolf prints.

The Museum of Art hosts the informal, interdisciplinary workshop “Artrageous”. Participants will have a chance to indulge their creativity while creating a project to take home. The theme for Artrageous in April is “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” and here are the topics:

April 8 – Upcycled jewelry

April 15 – Found object picture frames

April 22 – Earth Day celebration (at Plaza de Las Cruces)

April 29 – Egg carton crafts

Admission to the City of Las Cruces Museums are free. The museums are located downtown and are open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. For additional information, visit the website at: museums.las-cruces.org.

If you need an accommodation for a disability to enable you to fully participate in this event, please contact the museum 48 hours prior to the event.