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National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum curator named to Young Leaders Program

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. â€" Jadira Gurulé is familiar with narratives.

As a curator at the National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum, Gurulé helps move a story forward.

She was responsible for the exhibit, “Que Chola,” which grabbed national and international attention.

National Hispanic Cultural Center curator Jadira Gurulé was selected to the United States-Spain Council’s Young Leaders Program.

Recently, she was named as one of 10 leaders in the Young Leaders Program, put together by the United States-Spain Council.

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The program was launched in 2001 and gives the young professionals a unique opportunity to visit Madrid and Valencia, Spain for a week-long immersion program in Spanish culture.

This includes meetings with Spanish government and business leaders, in-depth cultural tours, and conversations with fellow young Spanish leaders.

The trip was set to take place at the end of June, but has since been postponed. A new date will be given.

“Despite the inevitable delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I want to congratulate this year’s exceptional class of young leaders selected to the program. Each year I am impressed by the immense talent and strong credentials exhibited by our cohort and those that apply to join,” said United States-Spain Council Honorary Chair U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas. “Becoming a U.S.-Spain Young Leader is the opportunity to see first-hand the strong international friendship that ties the United States and Spain together. This bond serves as the foundation on the long history of diplomatic cooperation and joint economic prosperity between our two nations.”

Gurulé says she hadn’t heard of the program until former NHCC executive director Rebecca Avitia encouraged her to apply.

“It’s such a cool opportunity to share with the group what the NHCC does,” she says. “I haven’t worked through all the details yet. It’s a hefty goal to engage in programs like this. You are representing your center, representing your state and country. There’s a lot to unpack and I’ll see what rises to the surface.”

The Albuquerque native has been involved with the NHCC since 2008, when she began volunteering as a docent. After a stint as an intern with the Visual Arts Department in 2016, she was officially hired as a curator.

“I’m looking forward to sharing the work that the NHCC does with a new group of people,” she says. “I’ve never been to Spain and am looking forward to learn in a different arena.”

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