FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 02, 2016
For Immediate Release: (Santa Fe, NM) December 2, 2016 – The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs announces the Cultural Atlas of New Mexico, an interactive mobile app that puts New Mexico’s historic and cultural points of interest in the palm of your hand. With images and descriptions of the state’s museums, historic sites, artworks, events and landscapes, the app directs mobile users to attractions they might not have known about and may not realize are nearby.
“The Cultural Atlas provides access to an enormous database of diverse and eclectic cultural opportunities,” said Veronica Gonzales, Cabinet Secretary of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. “Exploring the traditions and history of peoples and cultures across the state of New Mexico has never been easier to navigate and discover.”
The Cultural Atlas helps users to plan vacations, weekend getaways, and day trips across New Mexico utilizing simple search functions. Users can sort cultural attractions geographically by town, community or region, or they can search through curated topic lists like Road Trips & Trails, Thematic Tours, Only in New Mexico, and Way Out There. More advanced functionality utilizes GPS to inform users of nearby points of interest and a real-time events calendar details public events happening in the area.
Flexible features allow ardent travel planners to use the Cultural Atlas to map their trip with a broad knowledge of cultural features while more spontaneous travelers can use the app to avoid missing out on an important point of interest located nearby. Using specific sites throughout the state as a point of reference, the app provides a contextual framework for each period of history and details the influence of various cultures over time, enhancing the experience of all New Mexico visitors. In addition to including the state’s roster of museums, historic sites, and places of interest, the Department of Cultural Affairs encourages the addition of sites of interest by all who might have an interest.
The Cultural Atlas of New Mexico was developed by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and is available for free download. It is compatible with most iPhones and Android smart phones. It is available in the Apple and Google Play stores. Download the Cultural Atlas now from http://atlas.nmculture.org, where other sites of interest may be added as well.
About the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs
Created in 1978 by the New Mexico Legislature, the Department of Cultural Affairs represents New Mexico’s dedication to preserving and celebrating the cultural integrity and diversity of our state. The Department oversees a broad range of New Mexico’s arts and cultural heritage agencies. These include 15 divisions representing a variety of programs and services. Among its primary functions is the management of the largest state sponsored museum system in the country. New Mexico’s historic sites and state-run museums are located across the state and include: New Mexico Historic Sites, Statewide; New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors, Santa Fe; New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe; Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe; Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe; New Mexico Museum of Space History, Alamogordo; New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Albuquerque; New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, Las Cruces; and the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque.