Cultural Center de Mesilla (CCM) lies a full block to the west of the Old Mesilla Plaza. The well-kept historic (1840s) adobe building houses the organizers of the renowned Border Book Festival. Fulfilling the mission of the multicultural, multilingual festival—which takes place annually in April—the Cultural Center sells both new and out-of-print Spanish-language and multilanguage books for adults and children. It also carries a wonderful range of folk art and fine art, which is displayed beneath beautifully patinated vigas that line the ceiling. Festival-related music and spoken-word CDs, a large selection of collectible Mexican lobby cards and posters, Lucha Libre masks, Day of the Dead memorabilia, and woven goods from cooperatives in Juárez and Chiapas are also sold. Sodas and paletas (fruit popsicles) are available, too. Across the street, Galería Tepín (2220 Calle de Parian) is a small but noteworthy showcase of local and Mexican political and contemporary art.
2231A Calle de Parian, Old Mesilla, New Mexico, 88046, United States