The Downtown Albuquerque Arts & Cultural District is both a place and a program in action: it is a designated area of 30 blocks in Downtown Albuquerque, and as an initiative of DowntownABQ Mainstreet, the District supports the creative economy of Downtown Albuquerque. We accomplish this through promotional support, funding, and partnerships.

For examples of our work, please visit our Creative Projects page.


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

Sandy Hill has been designing award-winning marketing materials for local, regional, and national clients for 35 years. Her professional experience includes 5 years as art director for New Mexico advertising agencies and more than 30 years running Studio Hill Design. Her work has been published in Graphis, HOW, PRINT and other national design magazines. 

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.

Mary Tsiongas is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work often addresses human relationships to technology and the natural environment. Her new media work delves into themes of metaphysics, time, games, chance, and memory. Mary serves as the Associate Dean of Faculty and Research in the University of New Mexico’s College of Fine Arts.

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