Ranked seventh in AmericanStyle Magazine's Top 25 Arts Destinations in the country, Albuquerque offers abundance and variety to anyone seeking traditional or contemporary art and culture. Our thriving performing arts community is enriched by the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the National Institute of Flamenco and the New Mexico Philharmonic as well as the cutting-edge Tricklock Theatre Company and Keshet Dance Company.
Regularly scheduled performances are featured in the University of New Mexico's grand Popejoy Hall, the Albuquerque Little Theatre and the historic KiMo Theatre in downtown Albuquerque, as well as a variety of more intimate theater spaces.
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Albuquerque is a neighbor to some of the world's top-rated art markets of Santa Fe and Taos, and benefits from the rich arts in the area. The City's own home-grown art scene is also thriving.
The arts in Albuquerque are locally supported and world-renowned, from our National Poetry Slam Championship-winning team to our 1% for Art Program, one of the country's oldest public art programs.
Albuquerque museums are not the only places to find works of art - they can be found across the City, inside buildings and out. In fact, Albuquerque has one of the country's oldest Public Art Programs which is apparent in the murals, statues, paintings and even bus stops all over town, from the airport to Old Town, the University and all along Route 66. With more than 100 galleries and studios, Albuquerque is thriving with visual arts, which you can sample during one of the monthly ARTScrawls.
In addition to silver and turquoise jewelry, traditional pottery, Spanish colonial embroidery, tinwork and other unique works, you'll find exciting, provocative contemporary works in a variety of art styles and expressions.
Whether you are visiting for a romantic getaway or to hike the many trails, taking in the Albuquerque arts scene is a must on all New Mexico vacations.