special programs

Sor Juana Women of Legacy

In order to recognize and honor women worldwide for their
 outstanding civic, social, artistic and lifetime contributions, the National Museum of Mexican Art has
 established three annual awards:

Dia del Niño

An investment in the health and welfare of Chicago’s children

Día del Niño (Day of the Child) is a national holiday in Mexico, a day when families celebrate their children.  As the Mexican population in the U.S. has grown more and more Día del Niño celebrations have sprung up across the country.  The largest of these celebrations is presented by the National Museum of Mexican Art (NMMA) each April in Chicago.

Chicago largest free family health and wellness celebration

Film and Literature

Mexican Film Series

The National Museum of Mexican Art has proudly sponsored and supported Mexican independent films that have won critical acclaim and addressed social issues relevant to the Mexican experience. Some of the many film projects we have supported include A Day Without A Mexican,Immigrant Nation!, and Señorita Extraviada.

Literature: Mexican Authors, Scholars and Intellectuals

Special Programs at the Museum


The National Museum of Mexican Art’s performing arts initiatives include films, literature, theater, culinary arts and more. From the traditional and folkloric to the contemporary and avant garde, the Museum strives to present all forms of art that exemplify the beauty and richness of Mexican culture. Below is a list of special events which take place at the Museum annually. 

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