Mission Statement
The Arts & Cultural District creatively supports the arts and culture ecosystem of Downtown Albuquerque. We magnify the reach and capacity of Albuquerque’s innovative organizations and individuals, forging a vibrant and prosperous downtown community for everyone.

Albuquerque’s Downtown is home to a unique array of creative assets in a roughly 30 block radius.

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

Hakim Bellamy is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Albuquerque (from 2012-2014), a national and regional Poetry Slam Champion, and holds three consecutive collegiate poetry slam titles at the University of New Mexico.  He is the founding president of Beyond Poetry LLC., and holds an M.A. in Communications from the University of New Mexico.

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 at 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.

Damian Lopez-Gaston is director of event services at SMG managed Albuquerque Convention Center / Civic Plaza Presents.

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. 

Nancy Zastudil is an art curator, writer, editor, and administrator dedicated to making positive change through philanthropy and entrepreneurship in the arts. She is owner/director of Central Features Contemporary Art, Administrative Director of the Frederick Hammersley Foundation, and is on the organizing committee of MiABQ

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