History & Literary Arts

Tours & Learning

The immersive Mundos de Mestizaje website is a wonderful connection between art and technology, and also an educational tool to use in the classroom or at home. In a series of lessons, students about the process of cultural, artistic, religious, linguistic, political, and economic exchange shapes society. The lessons take inspiration from the mixture of people and places that are a central theme of Mundos de Mestizaje. The lessons are designed for upper elementary, middle school, and high school learners. To support classroom learning, the website includes a curriculum overview, an abridged catalog of imagery, and support materials along with interviews and stories from the artist, historians, and scholars who contributed to this complex piece of art.

In The Classroom

This curriculum was written with the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, in collaboration with the National Hispanic Cultural Center and the UNM ARTS Lab.

The lessons in this curriculum explore the Buon Fresco titled Mundos de Mestizaje, painted by NM artist Frederico Vigil. The 4000 square foot fresco adorns the TorreĆ³n of the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM. The fresco took nearly 10 years to complete and is one of the largest concave frescos in North America.

Each grade level contains five lessons, which can be taught sequentially, as a short unit, or they can be taught as individual lessons.

The lessons in this unit are aligned with the NM Standards and Benchmarks for Art. There are also many cross-curricular connections incorporating language arts and history. In keeping with recent curricular trends, the lessons address the recently developed Common Core Standards for Language Arts.

Thank you for bringing the marvelous Mundos de Mestizaje fresco to your students! Click below to get your lesson plans.