The Arts & Cultural District supports the creative economy of Downtown Albuquerque. We magnify the reach and capacity of Albuquerque’s innovative organizations, businesses, and individuals, forging a vibrant and prosperous downtown community for everyone. For examples of our work, please visit our Creative Projects page.

Albuquerque’s Downtown is home to a unique array of shops, restaurants, cafes, breweries, and public art. The map below highlights only some of these attractions. If there’s a business, organization, or destination that you think should be added to the map, please contact us at: erin@downtownacd.org.


Advisory Council

Sherri Brueggemann is the Public Art Urban Enhancement Program Manager for the City of Albuquerque’s Cultural Services Department, and has been directing art programs and public art projects in New Mexico for 20 years.

Chris Chavez is economic development planner for the City of Albuquerque.

Dennis Gromelski is co-founder and executive director of FUSION Theatre Company / The Cell Theatre. FUSION is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, founded in 2001. It remains New Mexico’s only Actors’ Equity theatre.

Jesse Herron is co-owner and co-founder of the ABQ Trolley Company

Elsa Menendez is a writer, director, producer and performer with Tricklock Company and the Director of Education at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC). She has spent the last 35 years working in theatre around the world. 

Tom Neale is director of the UNM Real Estate Department.

Kymberly Pinder is the Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico. Previously, she served as a department chair, graduate program head, and professor of art history at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1996 to 2012.

Julia Youngs is the Program Manager for Creative Startups, the world’s leading accelerator for creative entrepreneurs based out of Albuquerque, NM and Winston-Salem, NC, USA. She currently directs the Albuquerque program as well as a global expansion into Europe. 

There are 8 Arts & Cultural districts in New Mexico: http://www.nmartsandculturaldistricts.org