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Upcoming Events

Colcha Club

Monthly—Second Thursday
The Colcha Club is led by Traditional Spanish Market Artist Julia Gomez. New students are always welcome. Colcha Club is held the second Wednesday of every month at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art at 750 Camino Lejo.

Class fees are $10 per single class and $30 for a series of four classes.

Interested in joining?

Colcha Club classes are available only to members of the Spanish Colonial Arts Society. If you’re already a member, simply call 505-982-2226 to register. If you are not a member, but would like to join, click here to purchase a membership, then call 505-982-2226 to register.

Please note that class size is limited. Students are accepted first come, first served.

Past Events

La Llorona Performance


2 pm – 4 pm

Chautauqua Rosalia Pacheco presents a popular oral tradition of New Mexico. FREE!

Have you heard La Llorona before?!
Join us indoors at MOSCA to hear her side of the story.
This show is appropriate for All Ages.

Rosalia Pacheco as La Llorona will perform an hour of oral tradition through word and song about the legend of New Mexico’s Wailing Woman.

This FREE event is presented by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society and made possible by the Speakers Bureau program of the New Mexico Humanities Council.


Stay after the hour-long show to enjoy the museum’s current exhibit and eat full-size candy bars courtesy of SCAS.

MOSCA 20th Anniversary Events

The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art will celebrate its 20th Anniversary with a series of special community events October 13-15 at its historic John Gaw Meem-built home, located at 750 Camino Lejo, on Santa Fe’s Museum Hill.   

The occasion will honor the countless founders and supporters whose vision, enthusiasm and unwavering confidence in the museum’s mission has helped promote and preserve the cultural heritage and living traditions of Hispanic New Mexico.

All of the following events are open to the public and take place at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, 750 Camino Lejo, on Museum Hill.

Admission is free for Spanish Colonial Arts Society members and $10 for non-members, unless otherwise noted. Memberships will be available for purchase or renewal on the day of the event.

All events require registration. To register or for more information, contact rsvp@spanishcolonial.org.



10 a.m.

Coffee with Nita Schwartz and Kelsey Daly Brown

Join two members of the last family to live in the John Gaw Meem Director’s Residence and hear about life in this home prior to its conversion to the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art. Coffee generously provided by Wolf and Mermaid Coffee Roasters.


2 p.m.

Building Histories: Santa Fe’s Laboratory of Anthropology and its Director’s Residence

Lecture by Dr. Audra Bellmore, Associate Professor/Curator, Center for Southwest Research, Meem Archives of Southwestern Architecture at the University of New Mexico.




Visions Realized: Creating the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art

Panel discussion with Museum of Spanish Colonial Art co-founders and founding curators Donna Pierce, Carmella Padilla and Robin Farwell Gavin.


1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. 

Artist-led Collections Tours

Spanish Market artists Victor Goler, Cleo Romero, Randy Trujillo, Rita Padilla Haufmann, Charlie Carrillo and Martha Varoz Ewing lead tours of the museum’s collections and speak about the pieces that have inspired their work. Members only.  


4:30 p.m.

Vara Wine Tasting

Sample Vara wines with Doug Diefenthaler, co-founder of Albuquerque’s Vara Winery & Distillery, while learning about the history of Spanish wines in New Mexico. Exclusive preview and tasting at Vara’s new Santa Fe tasting room Vara Vinoteca, 329 W. San Francisco Street. $20 members; $30 non-members. 



10 a.m. to Noon

Youth Art Workshops

Fun for the entire family, featuring a ramilletes workshop, activity books and more. Families free.


All Day

Tours of Museum Grounds

Explore our 2.5-acre grounds and learn about our onsite Mexican Colonial House, Artists’ Garden and archaeological remains of the Santa Fe Trail. No reservations required. Self-guided and free.  

4 p.m.

Honoring Our Museum Founders and Supporters

Special 20th Anniversary Celebration featuring live music by Chuy Martinez and Oti Ruiz, specialty drinks, tapas and more. Members only.

Lecture Series

The last Thursday of each month, the Spanish Colonial Arts Society hosts noontime and evening lectures at our campus on Museum Hill at 750 Camino Lejo.

Events are free to members of all levels of the Spanish Colonial Arts Society, and museum admission rates apply to non-members. No reservations are necessary.

The 2022 inaugural series centers on Cultural Convergence in New Mexico: Interactions in Art, History and Archaeology, a publication honoring William Wroth.

Wroth’s involvement with the Spanish Colonial Arts Society manifested in many ways. He was a board member, a member of the collections committee, and a mentor and consultant to legions of scholars in the field.

Other contributors include co-editors Robin Gavin, SCAS curator emerita, and Donna Pierce, PhD, current SCAS board member, former SCAS collection curator, and one of the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art’s co-founders.

Other authors featured in this lecture series include Lane Coulter and former State Historian Rick Hendricks.

Cultural Convergence in New Mexico

Cultural Convergence in New Mexico: Interactions in Art, History and Archaeology has been awarded the Fray Francisco Atanasio Domínguez award. This award recognizes an outstanding publication or significant contribution to historic survey and research in New Mexico or Southwest Borderlands history.

A limited number of copies of the book are available at the museum bookshop. Stop by during museum hours to pick up a copy for yourself or attend one of our Thursday lectures where signed copies will be for sale.

Lecture Schedule

Thursday, September 29, noon
Rick Hendricks, New Mexico State Historian and award winning author
“The Catholic Church in Late Spanish Colonial New Mexico: The Bishops of Durango and Secularization of the Missions”

Past Lectures

June 30, 12:15 pm
Robin Farwell Gavin: Trails, Trade, and the Transformation of Traditional Art in Spanish New Mexico. Bring your lunch and enjoy it after Robin’s talk at our picnic tables under the piñon trees.

July 28, 5 – 7 pm Part of ¡Viva la Cultura! Week / Collaboration with Axle Contemporary
Preview of Axle’s exhibit and conversation with artists Vicente Telles and Jason Garcia. Refreshments by Taco Foundation.

August 25, 5 – 6 pm
Donna Pierce “And a Silver Toothpick” : The Estate Inventory of Antonio Duran de Armijo of Taos. A light reception in advance of the lecture.

Annual Member Open House

July 23, 4- 6 pm
Members of the Spanish Colonial Arts Society are invited to join us for a reception on the patio of our Museum Hill campus to mingle with our board of directors and staff. Come hear about plans for the year ahead as well as other special announcements.

Storytelling with Joe Hayes

Sundays, July 17 – August 14, 7 – 8 pm
Joe Hayes returns this summer on Sunday evenings, telling stories in the Museum’s east courtyard, adapting and sharing the Spanish folktales of New Mexico.

For nearly half a century, Joe has been a vocal proponent of the rich storytelling tradition of Northern New Mexico, which stretches from the Spanish Colonial era well into the late 20th century. He has introduced generations of New Mexico’s children to the traditional tales of our state and carried the stories to audiences throughout the country.

This is an outdoor event. Guests should bring their own chairs or blankets for seating. In keeping with tradition, the storytelling sessions are free, and no reservations are required.

Traditional Spanish Market

July 30-31, 8 am – 5 pm
The 70th Annual Traditional Spanish Market, celebrating the Hispanic artistic legacy of New Mexico, will be held on the historic Santa Fe Plaza. Click here for full details, including information about the events preceding the Market–¡Viva la Cultura! Week from July 25-29 and the Spanish Market preview on July 29.

¡Viva la Cultura! Week

July 25 – 29
Self-guided and ticketed tours of Traditional Spanish Market artist studios. Click here for self-guided tour information and visit Heritage Inspirations for ticketed tour information.

Spanish Market Preview

July 29, 5 – 7:30 pm
Join us at the Santa Fe Convention Center, 201 West Marcy Street, and view up close winners of this year’s Traditional Spanish Market awards and meet the artists.

Spanish Market Weekend: E-Bike Tours

July 29-31, 8:30 am – 12 noon & 2 pm – 5:30 pm
Morning Tour: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Afternoon Tour: 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Difficulty Rating: 3 (1 = Easy | 3 = Moderate | 5 = Difficult)

Get off the beaten path, and discover the colorful culture that has inspired Santa Fe’s Spanish Market with our custom E-Bike tour. Starting at the Inn and Spa at Loretto, we will explore downtown and then up Canyon Road to the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art for a private docent-led tour of the collection and vault.


Spanish Market Weekend: Private Vault Dinner

July 30
The group will gather at the Inn and Spa at Loretto, then wind their way up to Museum Hill overlooking the historic adobe neighborhoods of Santa Fe before arriving at the Museum of Colonial Spanish Art. Following a docent-led tour of the art collection, the group will dine on locally sourced, seasonal dishes created by the “Feasting Place” founded by Norma and Hutch Naranjo of the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo.