Multple Visions: A Common Bond
Multple Visions: A Common Bond

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Teacher Professional Development Workshops  2020/21

MOIFA will continue to offer virtual Folk Art workshops for Teachers through the school year, so check back soon to learn more and register. 

Thursday, February 18, 2021, 4:00-5:30p (MST)

Altar Vision 2020: Covid Altar for protection from Corona Virus Teacher Professional Development with contemporary Santero Woodcarver, Arthur Lopez, highlighting his creative process in response to the COVID-19 and more. PowerPoint, Q & A and Lesson Plan.

To register, contact Patricia Sigala at:


Thursday, October 29, 2020, 4:00p-5:30 (MST)

Día de Muertos Teacher Workshop, featuring Stephanie Riggs on "Building Public and Personal Ofrendas." PowerPoint, Q & A, and hands-on art making demonstration with lesson plan.

Virtual Classroom School Program 2020/21

This year MOIFA is offering virtual classroom visits, as part of the Invite a DCA Educator, for grades PreK - 8 on a variety of Folk Art topics. 

30 or 45-minute virtual sessions, includes Storytime for (PreK – 1st), discovery exercise using 3-6 folk art objects, discussion (Q & A), and art activity demonstration. One virtual classroom visit, per teacher, please. Request our programs or other DCA (Department of Cultural Affairs) offerings by visiting Invite a DCA Educator

PreK – Kindergarten / Language Arts, Social Studies & Art:   

Dolls Around the World  

Dolls have been found in Egyptian tombs from at least 4,000 years ago! Why do children all around the world still play with and love dolls? Students will learn how dolls represent cultures they come from, learn how to describe the physical qualities of different dolls, and learn how they can make a simple doll with materials at home.

Animals in Folk Art                                                                                       

Animals, Animals, Everywhere! All kinds of animals are found in Folk Art from every corner of the world. Why do we see so many animals in folk art? Why do we love and need animals so much? Students will reflect on and explore their relationship to animals by learning about animals in folk art and the role they have in global communities.


1st- 2nd Grade / Language Arts, Social Studies & Art: 

Community & Celebrations - Amate Painting 

Students will learn about the pre-conquest origins of amatl (Nahuatl), the process of making amate paper and its use overtime to convey important events and transmit cultural values. Drawing on their unique experiences, students will create their own amate painting inspired by colorful imagery, symbols, and subject matter.    


3rd - 5th Grade / Language Arts, Social Studies, Art, Math & Science: 

The Art of Recycling: ReCycle-ReDuce-RePurpose-ReUse 

Utilize design thinking and engineering skills to address the abundance of non-biodegradable waste in your home, school and community. Explore how artists and nature recycle when you explore the museum collection and your own backyard. Design and repurpose discarded non-biodegradable materials into a useful object that can raise awareness about the importance of recycling.  


6th - 8th Grade / Language Arts, Social Studies & Art:

Japanese Folklore & Pop Culture: Sharing Stories Through Comics

Students will learn about Japanese Folklore &  Pop Culture through the exploration of narratives and folk art. Students will create their own zine comic inspired by tales and stories shared by their families or community. 





A bit about us: Wonders on Wheels is a mobile museum that represents one of the 8 State Museums. Our exhibit is free to educational groups around the state. We often visit rural and tribal areas, and participate in special events around the state. This year the Museum of International Folk Art has installed: Musica Buena - Celebrating Music in New Mexico. Although we cannot travel due to COVID-19 restrictions, we have virtual presentations on our exhibit that we are excited to bring to your online classroom!

  • Musica BuenaAn overview of our exhibit on Traditional Music in New Mexico. 
  • Dressing Flamenco - A hosted presentation about the history of Flamenco Dance.
  • Los Matachines- A hosted, interactive presentation about a Traditional Folk Play which enacts the convergence of Spanish and Native cultures.
  • Cowboy Music - An interactive presentation that explores New Mexico’s rich history of romances, ballads, and corridos that inform cowboy music.

Additional Hands-on Activities include:

  • Shaker Maker - Students make a rattle using various different materials. Available as a pre-recorded video or as a live presentation.
  • Straw Oboe - Students make a wind instrument using various materials. Available as apre-recorded video or as a live presentation.
  • Craft Stick Harmonica - An activity making a wind instrument using craft sticks and other materials. Available as a pre-recorded video or as a live presentation.

Request a program by visiting Invite a DCA Educator

Educational Groups - postponed until NM COVID-19 Health protocols permit group visits 

During this time we invite teachers to explore engaging online experiences and share with their students:

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Outreach Trunks

Folk Art Outreach Trunks are available for area educators to check out to use in the classroom. These include hands-on objects, lesson plans, books, and DVDs. To check out an outreach trunk, please contact: Patricia Sigala, Educator/Community Outreach via e-mail

Available Trunks Include:

іCarnaval! : This vibrant celebration explores carnival traditions being carried out today in eight different communities in Europe and the Americas. No hands-on objects or Outreach Trunk. Crystal Productions Curriculum includes, DVD, lesson plan, images. 

Cerámica y Cultura: The Story of Spanish and Mexican Mayólica: Explore the rich and complex history and culture that led to one of the most enduring art forms: Mayólica, tin-enameled earthenware.  Outreach Trunk includes, Crystal Productions Curriculum with DVD, images, lesson plan, and hands-on ceramics.

Dancing Shadow, Epic Tales: Wayang Kulit of Indonesia: Wayang Kulit are flat leather puppets, elaborately decorated and perforated, casting intricate and dramatic shadow when used in performances.  They are used to tell some of the oldest stories in the world.  Learn about how the puppets are made, the role of the dhalang (puppeteer), and the gamelan orchestras.  Outreach Trunk includes, puppets, puppet screen, lesson plan, images and books.

Hispanic Folk Arts and the Environment: Four (4) separate kits: 1) Adobe 2) Foodways  3) Land, River, and Hispanic Settlement 4) Weaving.  Each Outreach Trunk includes, Crystal Productions Curriculum with DVD, images, lesson plan, and hands-on objects.

Masks: Cultures all over the world integrate masked processions with celebrations that mark religious occasions, seasonal changes, historical events and spontaneous revelry.  Outreach Trunk includes, lesson plan, books and hands-on masks.

Recycled, Re-Seen: Folk Art from the Global Scrap Heap: Interdisciplinary Outreach Trunk includes, Crystal Productions Curriculum with DVD, lesson plan, images, magnetic board/games and hands-on recycling objects.

Village of Painters: Narrative Scrolls from West Bengal: In-depth story of folk artists in India called patuas, who are keeping an age-old tradition alive in a rapidly changing landscape.  These itinerant artists create vivid scroll painting and accompany the unrolling of their art work with singing and storytelling.  Magnetic storyboard, scrolls and artist tools included in Outreach Kit.

For more information about any of these programs, or, to be added to our mailing list, please contact: Educator/Community Outreach Patricia Sigala at 505-476-1212, or e-mail .