First Friday | Dances from the Lightning Boy Foundation

  • Friday, July 5
  • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM MT
  • 217 Johnson Street. Santa Fe, NM 87501

Join us for extended hours at the Museum on the First Friday of every month! Admission is free from 5:00 PM–7:00 PM.

Join us for extended hours at the Museum on the First Friday of every month! Admission is free from 5:00 PM–7:00 PM. 

Lightning Boy Foundation dancers will give performances at 5:30 PM and 6:10 PM on the Museum patio. The Lightning Boy Foundation was established in honor of Valentino ‘Tzigiwhaeno’ Rivera, a boy who couldn’t stop dancing. Based in Valentino’s home, the Tewa Pueblos of Northern New Mexico, the non-profit organization was established for those in the community with an interest and passion for tradition, performance, and visual arts. Through the Foundation’s initiatives, boys and girls, of all ages, are given opportunities to learn various art forms. The Foundation has made the Traditional Hoop Dance that Valentino practiced and performed worldwide, available to all tribal youth in the area.  The Hoop Dance continues to be known as a healing art form and is said to have its origins in the Pueblos of Northern New Mexico.

Make it an art-filled evening and visit our First Friday partners in downtown Santa Fe. First Friday partners include: 

Patina Gallery 
Victory Gallery 
New Mexico Museum Foundation Shops 
Owings Gallery on Palace 
Hecho Gallery 
Peyton Wright Galleries 
New Mexico History Museum 
Sorrel Sky Gallery 
New Mexico Museum of Art 

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