A robust community of contemporary arts, fantastic dining, and rich cultural heritage.
We celebrate and support our local businesses, galleries, restaurants, and more.
We are a unique joint effort between Main Street programs, the Scenic Byways Program, and the Department of Cultural Affairs’ Division of New Mexico Arts and Historic Preservation. Learn more about us.
Albuquerque’s Downtown is home to a unique array of assets, including artists, designers, filmmakers, galleries, museums, theaters, musicians, music venues, city festivals, restaurants, food trucks / kitchens, breweries, coffee shops, and creative entrepreneurs living and working in both formal and informal spaces. The Downtown Arts & Cultural District, made up of roughly 30 blocks in and around the Central Avenue corridor, was officially signed into being in 2016 with the support of Councilor Isaac Benton and the city council, Mayor Richard Berry, the City of Albuquerque’s Cultural Services and Economic Development teams, the New Mexico Department of Economic Development and NM Mainstreet program, the NM Arts Commission, and the NM Department of Cultural Affairs Arts and Historic Preservation Division. Those organizations, along with a council of cultural and artistic institutions and businesses already invested in Downtown, helped to develop a cultural plan that outlines some of the district’s strongest opportunities, including: 1. Supporting and promoting existing creative work 2. Growing a strong creative identity, internally and externally 3. Unlocking unused or underutilized space 4. Increasing access to shared knowledge 5. Stimulating a range of funding opportunities 6. Increasing visitors to the district
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