Consistently ranked as a top arts destination, Albuquerque offers an abundance of artistry of all forms, from visual arts to theatrical performances and from traditional to contemporary.
Our thriving performing arts community is enriched by the National Hispanic Cultural Center, National Institute of Flamenco and New Mexico Philharmonic, as well as the cutting-edge Tricklock 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. Albuquerque also has many more intimate theater spaces.
The arts in Albuquerque are locally supported and world renowned, including our 1% for Art Program, one of the country's oldest public art programs.
Albuquerque is a neighbor to some of the world's top-rated art markets, in Santa Fe and Taos. In addition to benefiting from the rich arts in the region, Albuquerque has its own thriving home-grown art scene. 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, just walking around Albuquerque provides a visual spectacle. Murals, statues and paintings adorn Albuquerque from the airport to Old Town, the University district and all along Route 66. With hundreds of galleries and studios, Albuquerque's visual arts scene is bustling. Monthly arts crawls provide an excellent opportunity to see some of the local artistry.
In addition to silver and turquoise jewelry, traditional pottery, Spanish colonial embroidery, tinwork and many other media and styles, you will find exciting, provocative contemporary works in a variety of forms 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 any New Mexico vacation.