Category Archives: Arts

Photographer Maria Varela Reflects On Her Work Covering The Civil Rights Movement

NMiF: Maria Varela

November 24, 2017 - Mexican-American photographer Maria Varela was present at some of the most dramatic moments of the Civil Rights Movement.

She captured images of voting rights demonstrations in Alabama and efforts to create Head Start programs in poor, rural areas of the American South. The Albuquerque resident's work was the subject of photography exhibit at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago last spring, where 28 pieces were shown to the public

Russell Contreras sat down with Varela in May to discuss her role with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and her work as a photographer in the Civil Rights Movement.

Further reading:
Time to Get Ready: Fotografía Social
PBS: Black Culture Connection

Cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz Speaks About Politics & His Work

NMiF: Lalo Alcaraz

November 17, 2017 – Lalo Alcaraz is a Mexican American cartoonist and writer whose work has appeared in newspapers across the country. The San Diego-born artist recently joined the Pixar animation studios as a consultant for the new film “Coco” – a movie based on the Mexican holiday, the Day of the Dead.

 Lalo Alcaraz joined New Mexico in Focus correspondent Russell Contreras to talk about the project and his cartooning in the age of President Donald Trump.

Lalo Alcaraz, cartoonist and writer