Downtown Albuquerque Arts & Cultural District

We are the Heart of the City


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.
In 2007, legislature passed enabling legislation to establish New Mexico’s Arts & Cultural District Program. They designated the State’s MainStreet Program Director, the State Coordinator of the Program, and the New Mexico Arts Commission as its “authorizing” governing body. The Program was launched to help communities preserve their heritage, provide support to cultural entrepreneurs and institutions, and capitalize on the potential economic opportunity for the District as well as the town. The New Mexico Arts & Cultural District aims to embrace the full spectrum of the creative economy. The District’s objectives are to: 1. Promote the exceptional art and history of New Mexico 2. Develop a community’s cultural and artistic facilities by providing resources to artists, artisans, and crafts people in both live and work environments 3. Cluster existing arts and cultural amenities to help leverage their assets for the common goal of a dynamic and economically vibrant district Incentives & Assistance: To reach these objectives, state authorized Arts & Cultural Districts are able to tap into beneficial incentives such as enhanced historic tax credits for the rehabilitation of historic structures. The municipal adoption of a Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) opens the door for solid revenue streams to support cultural infrastructure and activities. A goal in utilizing these incentives is rehabilitating adaptive reuse of historic structures for live/work space and space for cultural enterprises. Additionally, these Districts can benefit from financial assistance programs and funding partners, including: 1. Marketing support from the New Mexico Tourism Department 2. Access to the New Mexico Historic Property Tax Credit (which is doubled in Arts & Cultural Districts) 3. Specialized technical assistance and support from the New Mexico MainStreet Program, New Mexico Arts, and the Historic Preservation Division Grant funding from the State Arts & Cultural Capital Improvement Fund

Reach Out

  •   (505) 247-2272
  •   115 Gold Avenue SW, Suite 205, Albuquerque NM 87102


City partner

Sherri Brueggemann, Co-Chair

City of Albuquerque Public Art Program
Contemporary arts

Suzanne Sbarge, Co-Chair

Executive Director, 516 ARTS
Downtown advocacy

Lola Bird

DowntownABQ MainStreet Initiative

Dennis Gromelski

Director, The Cell/Fusion
Film, City of Albuquerque

Ann Lerner

Director, City of Albuquerque, Film Office

Damien Lopez-Gaston

Director of Event Services, SMG managed Albuquerque Convention Center / Civic Plaza Presents

Elsa Menéndez

Co-Director, Tricklock Company

Kymberly Pinder & Mary Anne Newhall

Dean & Associate Dean, UNM College of Fine Arts


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