The Humanities Project: An Online Educational Resource

New Art Museum, Santa Fe – South Front, 1916 Kenneth Chapman (American, 1875 – 1986) watercolor 10 1/4 x 27 in. (26 x 68.6 cm) Museum acquisition, before 1918 1833A.23D
The New Mexico Museum of Art, 1917 Plaza Building in downtown Santa Fe, NM. Our museum features two locations in the heart of New Mexico’s capital city.
The New Mexico Museum of Art Vladem Contemporary opened in the fall of 2023. Our new location includes large dedicated educational space where artmaking, classes, hands-on activities, and even performance-based arts can take place.

A Note on Site Translation

The New Mexico Museum of Art wants its resources to be as accessible as possible. For a website, one component of accessibility is language. The Humanities Project includes human translated text for select curriculum, but also employs machine translation to enable the site to be fully explored in languages other than English. 

Colorful diorama of the puppet, Zozobra, and fiesta-goers surrounding him. The figurines are arranged on an orange circular base. A yellow car appears at the base of the Zozobra figure, along with people on horses.

How to Read an Object Label

This post explains how to interpret the object labels that you will find throughout this site and on the walls of our museum galleries.

Screenshot of the home page of New Mexico Art Tells New Mexico History, the old educational resource from New Mexico Museum of Art.

New Mexico Art Tells New Mexico History

If you are a fan of our online resource New Mexico Art Tells New Mexico History, you’ll be happy to hear that we are transferring that content here to The Humanities Project.

The entrance of the New Mexico Museum of Art's 1917 Plaza Building. A New Mexico State Flag and the US flag blow in the wind against a clear blue sky. The Pueblo Revival-style building is adobe with wooden vigas and window coverings.

Welcome to the Humanities Project!

Welcome to The Humanities Project, a resource of the New Mexico Museum of Art, a Division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.

Featured Curriculum

Visual Art and Poetry

This guided exploration investigates the links between poetry and visual art, through deep looking and study of information surrounding William Penhallow Henderson’s drawing and Walt Whitman’s poem of the same name: When Lilacs Last in the Door Yard Bloom’d, as well as the historical event that inspired Whitman’s work.

The 1970 Protests & Violence at the University of New Mexico

Protest, civil disobedience, war, and the right to a free press are all threads that are woven through the tapestry of United States history. This curriculum uses samples from the New Mexico Museum of Art’s photography collection to tug on those threads through documentary photography.

Spanish Colonial Architecture

This curriculum focuses on the architecture of the Spanish Colonial Period in New Mexico. The mission churches were the most significant architecture during this period, and they have been painted and photographed by numerous artists over the years.

Route 66: The Mother Road

Route 66 was a highway spawned by the demands of a rapidly changing United States. This curriculum summarizes the origins of the fabled highway and traces its path through New Mexico’s past and present.

Connecting Cultures in Architecture

Much of the architecture of New Mexico is influenced by multiple cultures. Students living anywhere in the state can see different styles of architecture in their local schools, civic buildings, and main streets. These physical expressions of cultural values and aesthetics and our understanding of them serve to help us understand the cultural history of New Mexico and its connections to the rest of the world.

Ancestral Pueblo Architecture

New Mexico has a rich and distinctive architectural history. From the prehistoric great houses of the Ancestral Pueblo people, to the most progressive architects of today, New Mexican architecture has developed with a strong relationship to place and a strong appreciation for indigenous styles.

The Great Depression & Farm Security Administration Photography

During the Great Depression, photographers were sent out under the auspices of the Farm Security Administration, in order to take photographs that would drum up support for the program. One of the locations visited by photographers was rural New Mexico, and the photographs that were taken remain a unique snapshot of this era in New Mexican history.