Ever wonder what’s going on at Museo? Check here for regular updates and press coverage about events, announcements, and exhibitions.

Or you can choose to get regular updates and announcements in your inbox:

Get our Newsletter
Museo de las Americas Acknowledges the Pachuco Movement’s Contribution to the American Experience in 2018 Exhibition

Museo de las Americas Acknowledges the Pachuco Movement’s Contribution to the American Experience in 2018 Exhibition

Denver, Colorado – January 3, 2018 – Museo de las Americas announces their opening exhibition for 2018, Pachucos y Sirenas. The exhibition will feature old school and new school artists that share an affinity with the Pachuco legacy. Artists such as Justin Favela, Antonia Fernandez, Carlos Fresquez, Josiah Lopez, Jerry Vigil, and Daniel Salazar will highlight the impact that the 1940’s Pachuco legacy had on the American experience. Exhibition programming will include contributing fashion designers Cha Cha Romero and Alexandra Peralta, Suavecito Car Club, and artist Alfredo Cardenas. The exhibition will run from February 8, 2018 – May 26, 2018.  The opening reception will be at Museo de las Americas at 861 Santa Fe Drive on Thursday, February 8 from 6-9 pm, followed by an artist talk on Friday, February 9 from 6-8 pm.

Museo de las Americas continues to be the premier Latino Museum of the rocky mountain region by delivering an insight into the Pachuco era of the late 1930s and 40s, where the young Mexican-American youth cultivated a highly stylized language, culture, and fashion as a way of expressing cultural pride during a time where the very essence of being Latino was un-American.  The exhibition will feature the Caló language—now influentially woven in the way we speak Spanish today, the zoot suit that not only is a symbol of masculinity and rebellion but cultural pride, along with the boundaries that the Latina crossed to reclaim her sexuality and individuality. The exhibition looks at the role that fashion plays in cultivating street identities in where it creates a comradery among individuals who have the freedom to invent a lifestyle all their own.

“The Pachuco of the 1940s introduced a tribalism and style that presupposed eminent cultural upheavals that would change the American cultural landscape. This prelude of the Chicano Movimiento in the 1960s was cleverly disguised through fashion, dance, music, and language. Delivering a fresh hybrid identity with a tribal flair that spread like wildfire among the youth.” – Chief Curator, Maruca Salazar.

Museo’s 2018 Exhibition calendar year marks the new era under Museo de las Americas’ new Executive Director, Claudia Moran and now Chief Curator, Maruca Salazar.  The audience can expect to see a wide range of mediums being used by contemporary artists that Salazar has selected for the exhibition. These artists share an innate affinity for the Pachuco legacy.

Paintings fashioned by emerging Denver-based artist Antonia Fernandez embrace the body-modifying Latina—the pachuca, who re-defined what it meant to defy conventional beauty standards of the “domesticated woman” of the 1940s.

Jerry Vigil, a well-established artist of Denver, Colorado, uses a mixture of traditional and nontraditional materials to carry on the stories of the Latino Community.  He famously takes the Calavera and intertwines the aesthetic with pop culture idols of Latino descent.  By using the skeleton—a strong symbolic feature of the Mexican Identity—it speaks on the dual identity of the Mexican American.

Justin Favela, a Las Vegas-based artist, will produce a full-size lowrider piñata.  In recent years, Favela has gained spotlight for his encapsulating installations, using accessible materials such as cardboard, paper, and glue to create fantasy-like renditions of familiar objects of Latinidad that would be able to communicate across cultural boundaries.  His art recently was exhibited at the Denver Art Museum during Mi Tierra with his large-scale installation of Fridalandia.

Daniel Salazar, an art veteran of Denver Colorado, illuminates the Pachuco legacy with his portraits of the National Chicano Dance Theater. The photographs can be seen with men and women fashioned like a traditional Pachuco and Sirena laying at the feet of Denver’s skyline. The dance company was premiering Quatro Epocas (1979), a historical performance at the Bonfils theater directed by Enrique Montoya.  The photograph and play serve as a reminder that Latinos have always struggled to define themselves among the shackles of the government.

Carlos Fresquez, recalls the Pachuco mentality in his revision of the 1940’s pachuco.  What is fascinating, in his most famous work Pink Pachuco, is he takes the already infamous zoot suit and subverts it by spray-painting it pink. This unleashes a dialogue that begins to dismantle the essence of machismo embedded deeply in the Mexican- American psyche.

Josiah Lopez, a graffiti muralist and long-time resident of the La Alma Lincoln Park neighborhood, Lopez uses the street as inspiration in much of his work that touches on the complicated narratives of urban identities.


Exhibition Programming
February 8, Exhibition Opening Reception, Pachucos y Sirenas, 6- 9 pm
February 9, Conversación Contacto, 6- 8 pm
March 24, Momento Interactivo, Make your Own Pachuco y Sirena Doll, 1- 2 pm
April 7, Conversación Contacto, Tijuana Taxi Confessions, 6- 8 pm
April 9, ConnectArte, Viva la Sirena Fashion Show, 5- 9 pm
May 11, Conversacion Contacto, Lentamente Suavecito: Low Rider History & Hydraulic Demonstration, 6- 8 pm

Museo is Hiring a Development Coordinator!

Museo is Hiring a Development Coordinator!


Development Coordinator
Job Summary

 The Development Coordinator leads the activities of the Development Department at Museo de las Americas, including donor and member relations, corporate sponsorship, fundraising campaigns, and special events. The Development Coordinator manages efforts for developing and implementing new fundraising strategies to increase revenue sources for Museo de las Americas. The Development Coordinator reports to and works closely with the Executive Director to implement fundraising strategies.

Job Responsibilities
– Develop and implement comprehensive donor program including annual fundraising campaigns and stewardship plans for retention and acquisition of donors.
– Secure corporate sponsorship for Museo’s annual exhibitions, educational programming, and special events.
– Maintain donor database; record and track donor and member data, campaign details, and event information.
– Manage the planning and implementation of special fundraising events.
– Coordinate and send all individual donor correspondence and acknowledgements.
– Research and identify diverse sources of funding and develop, implement, and evaluate strategies to increase revenue.
– Lead Development Committee meetings and provide input for institutional policy decisions around overall fundraising strategies and initiatives.
– Complete data recording and reports of donors, members, sponsors, event revenue, and other funding streams and present monthly development report to the Executive Director.
– Work closely with PR and Marketing Coordinator to develop marketing strategies for fundraising efforts and campaigns.
– Work closely with Guest Services to devise and implement innovative membership strategies to target new and renewing members.
– Communicate with community partners and represent the organization during partnership meetings

Job Qualifications

– Education: Bachelor’s Degree (required) or Masters degree (preferred) from an accredited university or college in organizational development, business, or public administration.
– Excellent written and verbal communication skills with diverse populations.
– Knowledge and experience with data entry systems and reporting.
– Proficient in the use of various MS Office programs, including Word, Excel and Outlook, and ability to use various databases.

Skills and abilities

– Strong strategic and critical thinking skills related to the field of fundraising.
– Experience with eTapestry or CRM/donor databases.
– Ability to multi-task and to work simultaneously in different avenues to bring resources to the institution.
– Ability to work some weekends and evenings as needed.
– Attention to detail, project management skills, and being highly organized a must.
– Strong knowledge of museum best practices, services, and programing desirable.


Minimum 2-3 years experience in development and fundraising or sales

Hours and Salary
Part-time position (24 hours/week). Schedule flexibility. The financial compensation will be disclosed at the time of interview.
Please send a cover letter and resume to by November 17th, 2017.It is the policy of Museo de las Americas to prohibit discrimination against any person or organization based on age, race, sex, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity, gender expression, ancestry, marital status, gender, veteran status, political service, affiliation or disability.

Celebrating the Women of Las (H)adas

The opening came and went but the spirit lives on!

The exhibition, Las (H)adas, comes from the urgency to celebrate the mujeres in our lives. As you follow the alluring flutters of butterflies you’ll come across the stories of our sisters, mothers, grandmothers, and lovers revealed.
On October 12th, we opened our fall exhibition with artists whose devotion is reflected within the most delicate detail of every piece. Where these walls echo the rich color, pattern, and iconography of Latina art. Judy Miranda, Ana María Hernando, Jessica Luna (+), Arlette Lucero, Meggan DeAnza and contributor Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence use their creative energy to ignite what you may have thought was puro cuento, pure myth.

Ven a ver, come see!
October 12, 2017 – January 13, 2018

Opening night of Las (H)adas with record -breaking attendance. Thank you all who continue to support the only Latino Museum in the Rocky Mountain region. Spaces such as Museo de las Americas fill a vital role in providing our communities access to Latino arts and culture.

A special thanks to our exhibition sponsors! ¡Mil gracias!

Exhibition Events & Programming

October 23
7 PM
Soujour Beer Talks held at Intrepid Brewery
925 W 8th Avenue
Denver, CO 80204
October 28
3 – 5 PM
Denver Talks: Drop- in Writing Workshop
with Molina Speaks!
November 3
5 – 8 PM
First Friday join us and our neighbors!
November 7
6 PM
November 17
5 – 9 PM

Museo Announces New Executive Director

Photographer, Gabriel Munoz at Entravison.

Denver, Colorado – October 11, 2017 – The Board of Trustees of Museo de las Americas selected Claudia Moran-Pichardo as its new Executive Director.  She assumes the position vacated by Maruca Salazar who will retire after serving Museo de las Americas and the Denver community for the past eight years.  Moran-Pichardo has an M.S. in Museums & Field Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and has led the museum in various management roles since 2006.

“The trustees unanimously support Claudia to lead the Museo as we move forward with Museo’s vision for the future,” said Olga Garcia, Board President. “Claudia was a natural choice as she has demonstrated strong leadership skills, a passion for Latino arts and education, and she has a deep commitment to our mission and to our community. Already she has helped to cultivate important donor and corporate relationships and partnerships with other arts and educational institutions.”

“I am dedicated to Museo’s mission because we have a responsibility to fill gaps in supporting vital arts programming and cultural enrichment in local and regional communities.  My tenure at Museo has prepared me to take on opportunities where Latino arts and culture can inspire and educate audiences of all ages and backgrounds,” said Moran-Pichardo.

Moran-Pichardo’s community involvement includes the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC), The Denver Foundation’s Latinas Giving Circles Initiative, Circle of Latina Leadership, and she was a Denver Business Journal 40 Under 40 nominee.

Maruca Salazar will curate Museo de las Americas’ exhibitions including the October 12, 2017 opening exhibition of “Las (H)adas” featuring five Colorado Latina artists who have been working in their communities as activists, educators and artists for the last 30 years.

About Museo de las Americas

Located in the heart of the Santa Fe Arts District, Museo de las Americas is the premier Latin American art museum dedicated to educating the community through collecting, preserving, interpreting and exhibiting the diverse arts and cultures of the Americas from ancient to contemporary, through innovative exhibitions and programs.  Museo has served the Denver community for 26 years through award-winning exhibitions, arts education programming and special events.

# # #

Maruca Salazar Retires as Executive Director After Serving 8 Years at Museo de las Americas

Denver, Colorado – September 8, 2017 – Maruca Salazar, Executive Director of Museo de las Americas, will retire after serving the Denver community for the last eight years. As Museo prepares to let go of this culture warrior, Salazar will continue to finish her curatorial projects under contract in 2018. Her legacy will be continued through deep support for institutions like Museo de las Americas. Where art and culture from the Latin Americas continues to be appreciated, supported, and valued in today’s society. The transition affective October 1st will bring forth a successor that will conquer the new era of Museo de las Americas.
“Maruca anchored Museo into its community,” said long-time colleague, “She demonstrated that this institution is vital for the citizens of Colorado by enhancing the exhibitions and programming under the best quality.”
Maruca Salazar has served in her current position since July 2009. After eight years of service during that time, Museo de las Americas has accomplished great things. “I’ve worn many hats
and have been on many adventures. Thank you for the help and support from staff, friends, donors, members, and the community”, Maruca Salazar, “My new Journey will begin soon.”

Museo is Hiring!!


Director of Operations


The Director of Operations will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the museum and making executive decisions pertaining to museum operations like emergencies and personnel issues; the goal is to seek for better strategies and resources to maintain a good working relationship between employees increasing work productivity.

Human Resources

Work closely with Executive Director maintaining employees compliance with regulatory “Museo Employee Manual” laws as well as files and records for every full-time, part-time and long-term contractor. By keeping accurate records we will ensure to address the needs of every staff as a “High Priority” maintaining a healthy work environment.

  • Supervise museum operations staff
  • Assists with oversight, management, and creative design for museum projects.
  • Oversees with formulating and implementing museum policy.


Manage and create annual operating budget with an increment of 3% each year. An independent accountant firm will help maintain clear financial reports of Income and Expense for Trustees and Executive Director. Analyze and project fundraising earnings for every event and campaign supervising administrative operations of financial activity. Work closely with the Executive Director and the Development Department setting up goals for economic self-sufficiency.

  • Day to day monitoring of finances.
  • Create projected and current budget for all the necessary reports.
  • Manage Museo’s Audit annually with an independent firm.
  • Process all necessary permits and licenses year round with the city and the state to maintain the Non-profit status


Maintain Museo’s building running without complications securing museum staff and museum visitors with a positive working environment. Resolve any issue related within 24 hours by contacting the necessary agencies.

  • Serve as the building coordinator and primary contact for facilities issues.
  • Maintain access to building properly running.
  • Schedule annual inspections with all the necessary city departments.
  • Monitor all services to ensure their proper working order.


  • The Executive Director will evaluate best financial practices working closely with the Financial Committee.
  • Analyze the End of the Fiscal Year through a comparison between the Projected Budget submitted at the beginning of the Fiscal Year and the End Year operations. Make recommendations and implement better practices to reach the annual projections to achieve self-sufficiency.
  • Through the independent Audit Firm create the Annual Audit and 990-tax report. Reach positive results by keeping accurate financial records.
  • Reach financial projections in every fundraising campaign as well as maintain close donor relationship and support by working closely with staff at different capacities.
  • Work closely with Board Financial Committee to maintain accurate budget planning and operations.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required.
  • Two plus years in senior management roles including staff supervision, human resources, fundraising and finance.
  • Commitment to the mission, values, aspirations of the organization.
  • Past success designing organizational leadership in for profit and non-profit business.
  • Ability to implement vision, think strategically, creatively problem solve, exercise good judgment and lead change.
  • Proven track record of attracting resources and partnerships and managing external relations.
  • Excellent communicator with experience as a spokesperson who can articulate messages to different audiences.

 How to Apply

Please submit a Cover Letter and Resume to by Sept. 6th, 2017. In the subject line of your email, please list your name first.

It is the policy of Museo de las Americas to prohibit discrimination against any person or organization based on age, race, sex, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity, gender expression, ancestry, marital status, gender, veteran status, political service, affiliation or disability.


Museo de las Americas Fall Exhibition Features

the Fairy Godmothers of Contemporary Latina Art


We are the guardians of the language and culture.  We watch over the dreams, aspirations and fears of our communities.  We are sisters, mothers, grandmothers and lovers.  We carry the stories and the “chismes” of the day just to keep life going.  We are the source and the light. We are invisible in the eyes of the powerful.  We are disposable for some yet indispensable for all.

Curator, Maruca Salazar

Museo de las Americas announces their fall exhibition, Las (H)adas, featuring site-specific installations by five Colorado Latina artists, Judy Miranda, Ana María Hernando, Jessica Luna (+), Arlette Lucero, and Meggan DeAnza.  The exhibition will run from October 12, 2017 – January 14, 2018.  The opening reception will be at Museo de las Americas at 861 Santa Fe Drive on Thursday, October 12 from 6 – 9 pm.

We want to celebrate local Chicana artists who have been working in their communities as activists, educators, and artists for the last 30 years.  In hopes to provide a platform for a dialogue to strengthen the ideas surrounding women of color.  Museo will be immersed by large-scale installations that depict the multifaceted identities of women. We are also collaborating up with the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence in creating a community installation of butterflies where women will share their stories of struggle and perseverance.

“What role do you want to play?” asks artist Judy Miranda.  Her Guadalupe and Juan Diego Selfie Station engages the viewer to embody what it might be like to be Guadalupe in the year 2017.  Her panels depict a scene of a fair away land to be the backdrop of your social media interface.  Leave a message, create a #, insert emojis, and play out the past through a new lens.

Jessica Luna is an artist, activist and mother of a long line of creative individuals that have contributed to the Chicano arts for decades.  She has since past and with the support of her children Bob, Susan, and Danny Luna her handmade collection of dolls come to life to reveal a stich of her legacy.    The plush dolls embedded with vivid fabric paints, intricate embroidery, and dazzling embellishments tell the story of the women that have passed through Luna during encounters of her rich fulfilled life.

There are many corners one may find themselves sitting in from time to time.  Megan De Anza will stage houses to represent the many emotions a woman undergoes as she travels to reach the height of their self-discovery.  Each house: love, violence, transformation and peace start to evoke the question, how do we compartmentalize the 4 pieces that build the frame of our heart?

Ana María Hernando is known for her large-scale installations using pattern, embroidery, and fabric to emphasis the work often done by women.   While working with cloistered nuns of Argentina and petticoat designers in Peru, Hernando will create The Ñusta of the Huaypo. According to the indigenous people of Peru, a Ñusta represents the feminine water spirit carried through the dual identity of the Andes Mountains.

Like all of these other women, Arlette Lucero is no stranger in working within multiple mediums.  For this exhibition she will add another layer of history to the many murals that have dipped onto Museo’s walls.  She stands out with her rich colors, strong symbolism and representations of powerful Chicano iconography.


Exhibition Events and Programming

October 12: Opening Reception, Las (H)adas 6:00 – 9:00 pm

October 13
: Conversación Contacto: Meet Las Adas 6:00 – 8:00pm
Judy Miranda, Ana María Hernando, Susan Luna (on behalf of the late Jessica Luna), Meggan DeAnza,  and Arlette Lucero the artists of Las (H)adas will all be in house to share their stories behind their dedicated art practice that redirects our attention to the women in our lives.

October 20: ConnectArte: Conversación con los Muertos, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Did you know that Museo is haunted?  Staff will share their stories of unexplained encounters with the ghosts that have been running around the museum walls for decades.

November 3: First Friday, Día de los Muertos, 5:00 – 8:00 pm (Denver Arts Week)
Every year this event is celebrated to remember loved ones who have passed and celebrate the eternal journey of death.  An altar is presented that includes motifs that are connected with the Mexica, who were the Indigenous people of Mexico, known as the rulers of the Aztec Empire.  Special treats like pan de muerto and sugar skulls will be served as a way to connect with the rituals surrounding Día de los Muertos.  Participants can also enjoy an Aztec Dance of the Dead

November 17: ConnectArte: Mercado de Navidad, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
A holiday art market featuring modern handmade craft shopping, art exhibitions, vintage, live art, and art activities made by la gente. The market acts as a gateway to highlight local brown-owned entrepreneurs. At Mercado de Navidad you’ll find an artfully curated shopping experience of handmade and vintage shopping, art, craft workshops, and fun times! Our goal is to create a super fun setting in which artists can earn a living and shoppers can find products that they’ll love for a lifetime.

November 23-25: Museo closed for Thanksgiving

El Solecito! The Winter 2017 Quarterly Newsletter. Subscribe above.

[pdf-embedder url=”” title=”Winter 2017 Newsletter”]