Santa Fe Performing Arts, Northern New Mexico College and the New Mexico History Museum presents:
Nick Salazar Center of the Arts Theater at Northern New Mexico College in Espanola Saturday, March 11th 5pm-6pm
Encore Performance - New Mexico History Museum Auditorium, Santa Fe, Sunday March 12th 2-3pm
Both events are FREE and open to the public.
Following the success of the New Mexico History Museum’s exhibit In Lowriders, Hoppers and Hot Rods: Car Culture of Northern New Mexico, we bring you a partnership program: 12 Switches. The stage performance by Northern New Mexico College theater students will take place at the Nick Salazar Theater in Espanola on Saturday March 11th (5pm-6pm) with an encore performance at the New Mexico History Museum on Sunday March 12th (2pm-3pm).
The collaborative project joins Northern New Mexico College, Santa Fe Performing Arts’ “Play it Forward” program and the New Mexico History Museum’s resources. The multi-organizational partnership resulted in a course for teens and college students focusing on material housed at the New Mexico History Museum on lowrider culture in northern New Mexico. Since September 2016, students have been preparing a full stage performance based on the lives and rides of lowriders in the community. Bringing local history to the next generation of performers, historians, and museum-goers, the program aimed to inspire students to take pride in their history, demonstrate for students potential career paths, and build their theatrical skills.
The result is a 45 minute stage performance with 12 scenes crafted by the students speaking to family heritage, car culture, and more.
"Espanola has been a center of Northern New Mexico's lowrider culture for so many years and it is exciting and empowering to work with local students to tell stories from their own lives and relationships.” Explains theater professor Jonah Winn-Linestsky. “Most of the students involved in the production have little experience with theatre, but they bring a great deal of enthusiasm to the project and have deep connections to lowriding and car culture. They are excited to be part of a history making project as this is the first production that we know of that specifically centers around lowriders."
“I have felt so honored to be welcomed and included in the creation and production process of "12 Switches" in collaboration with NNMC & NMHM,” says Megan Burns, Executive Director of Santa Fe Performing Arts. “As a local Santa Fean, low rider culture has always been a part of my life, and being given a window into the lives of the artists, builders and community of Espanola, the true birthplace of low riders, has been truly inspiring.”
“We all do better work when we seek collaborations that make sense across institutions. The exhibit was highly collaborative and we wanted to extend that approach to the public programs. This performance opportunity highlights the first time we’ve attempted something like this and it is an exciting way to fold the community into the work we do to promote a better understanding of our regional history.” Says Meredith Davidson from the New Mexico History Museum. Davidson recorded oral histories for the exhibit as part of the photo curator, Daniel Kosharek’s vision for the installation.
The New Mexico History Museum, 113 Lincoln Avenue, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is part of a campus that includes the Palace of the Governors, a National Treasure and the oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States; the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library; the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives; the Press at the Palace of the Governors; and the Native American Artisans Program. A division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, its exhibitions and programs are supported by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation.