On February 21-22, 2020 the History and Literary Art Program of the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) will present an exciting two-day HISTORY FESTIVAL inspired by “Mundos de Mestizaje,” the famous buon fresco by artist Frederico Vigil. The fresco, located in the Torreón on the NHCC campus, depicts thousands of years of Hispanic history, from Europe to Mesoamerica to the U.S. Southwest, illustrating the complexity and diversity of Hispanic culture, identity and heritage.

In addition to talks, workshops, family activities, a middle school writing contest and a high school art contest, the festival will feature three temporary “murals in dialogue” with the fresco. Three murals will be displayed near the Torreón on Saturday, February 22 from 9 am – 5 pm and the three featured mural artists will each present a 20 minute talk followed by 10 minute Q & A about how her/his/their mural speaks to the history depicted in the fresco. The murals and talks will be open to all festival attendees and promoted through the festival PR in advance of the event.

Theme: "A Conversation with 'Mundos de Mestizaje." Artists must visit the fresco on the NHCC campus and develop a concept and sketch that responds to the history that is presented in the monumental work. The fresco is free and open to the public every Saturday and Sunday, 12-5 pm. Call or visit the NHCC Library on Tuesdays-Fridays, 8:30 am to 5 pm to make an appointment to view the fresco during the weekday.

Eligibility: Artists must be 21 years old or older

Medium: Paint, mixed media on canvas

Size of finished mural: 72" x 72"

Selection: Three artists/artist teams will be chosen, based on concept, sketch and bio, and will receive $1000 each to create the temporary murals, including the canvas, and prepare a 30 minute presentation (20 minute talk with 10 minute Q&A) for the festival. 

History Festival

National Hispanic Cultural Center 

Call for Entries: Temporary Mural


Submissions are no longer being accepted.

Deadline: Tuesday, December 31 2019


For more information contact:


Individual and team submissions are acceptable.


Concept Statement

200 words max




Artist Bio

250 words max


Artist Information:

Full name

Phone number

Mailing address

Birth date



NHCC History Festival

This History and Literary Arts annual event is designed to deepen our knowledge and experience of Hispanic/Latinx history and engage all ages in activities that encourage a sense of history that is alive, exciting, and integral to community life.

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History & Literary Arts

National Hispanic Cultural Center

1701 4th St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

(505) 383-4724

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