The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC) has kicked off the 2016 holiday season by opening submissions for its 8th Annual Pueblo Gingerbread House Contest. Children and adults are invited to enter a creation inspired by a Pueblo village, house, community, church or historic building. Entries will be accepted from November 25 through December 5 from 9 am to 4 pm at the IPCC, 2401 12th St., NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Entries do not have to be constructed of home-baked gingerbread, however they must be entirely edible. Colorful candy, cookies and crackers are acceptable for elements like adobe, wood and snow. The entry base can be up to 24 by 24 inches. The IPCC expects more than 50 submissions.
Pueblo Gingerbread House Competitors must deliver their creations to the IPCC between Friday, November 25 and December 5, from 9 am to 4 pm. There is no submission fee and competitors of all heritages are welcome. Complete rules and entry forms are available online and at IPCC’s Guest Relations desk, and can be completed at the time of delivery.
The contest will be judged the week of December 5 by prominent Pueblo artists and elders, as well as business leaders from the Albuquerque community. Winners in both Adult and Children’s categories will be announced on December 14, and will win a combined $2,500 in prizes. In the following weeks, visitors will be encouraged to cast their votes for the People’s Choice Award sponsored by Isleta Resort and Casino. People’s Choice Award winners will be announced on January 5.
Prizes – Adult Category:
- 1st: $650
- 2nd: $400
- 3rd: $250
- People’s Choice: $500
Prizes - Children’s Category:
- 1st: $250
- 2nd: $150
- 3rd: $100
- People’s Choice: $200
“This annual event is a fun celebration that brings families together to work with their hands, produce unique works of edible art, and admire each other’s creativity,” says Monique Fragua (Jemez), IPCC Museum Director. “Along the way, it encourages children to explore the architecture of their ancestors, from thousand-year-old adobe complexes to mission churches and modern homes.”
The IPCC will display dozens of contest creations in a village of Pueblo-inspired homes, churches, and historic buildings after the submission period. The public will be able to view the entries in the IPCC’s South Rotunda through Sunday, January 8, 2017, in honor of Christmas and Epiphany, holidays widely observed in Pueblo communities.
The contest is just one of many holiday events at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in December. The Pueblo Shop & Stroll takes place on December 2. Handcrafted ornaments, nativity sets, jewelry and other gifts will be sold by more than a dozen Native artisans in the IPCC courtyard, and children can have fun with holiday-themed arts and crafts opportunities. A special concert by Robert Mirabal in the IPCC Chaco Ballrooms caps the day’s festivities at 7pm. Families are also invited to IPCC’s annual Stories by the Fireside on the first three Saturdays in December from 5 to 6 pm. Children can listen to stories told by Pueblo elders and community members while gathered around the fire in the courtyard. The IPCC’s Pueblo Harvest Cafe will offer hot chocolate for sale at each event.
The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is a world-class museum and cultural center located in Albuquerque’s historic Indian School District. Founded in 1976 by the 19 Pueblo Indian Tribes of New Mexico, the IPCC’s stated mission is to preserve and perpetuate Pueblo culture and to advance understand by presenting the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo people of New Mexico with dignity and respect.
To learn more, please visit www.indianpueblo.org and www.facebook.com/IndianPueblo.
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