Regional Cultural Centers, Albuquerque
See my Acoma Pueblo pages for more info.
Acoma (Ah-ko-ma) Pueblo is one of three indigenous settlements (along with Taos Pueblo and Old Oraibi) with the claim of being the oldest continually inhabited village in the United States. Also known as Sky City, it's situated at the top of a 350 ft. mesa and a visit here offers fascinating insights into the puebloan culture and tradtional way of life. The only way to see it is by guided tour - they take about 90 minutes and are led by members of the Acoma people. There is also a beautiful visitor center with a museum, cafe, and gift shop.
The pueblo is located 65 miles from Albuquerque and you'll want to visit the website for hours, fees ($20 for adults at time of this writing) and some strict photography restrictions. It's also sometimes closed for private tribal events so again, make sure to review the website for schedules.
We combined a morning here with an afternoon at Petroglyph National Monument (see previous tip) for one really interesting day.
Consists of a Main Musuem, a mini-theater, the Pueblo House Children's Musuem, gift shops, the Pueblo Restaurant, and an exhibit gallery. You can learn of the various pueblos and their cultures here.
At the website listed below, they have informational links to the various pueblos in New Mexico.
This center is owned and operated by the 19 Indian Pueblos of New Mexico. Overall the displays are slightly interesting. I have been exposed to this level of culture in the past and was not blown away. I found the gift shop to be more interesting with outstanding art, a massive amount of local jewelry for sale, and much more available for purchase.
I've lived here for over a decade, and can honestly say I don't spend enough time here. The Pueblo Cultural Center is a wonderful way to learn about the 19 local pueblos, and their cultures. In addition to the requisite musuem and gift shop, there are children's exhibits and cultural events every weekend. All but the musuems are free to the public. And if you snag a local, the museums entry will only cost you $6! The museums include more modern exhibits that cycle throughout the year, and the underground museum of pueblo history ... both amazing, both special!
My buddy's go to the restaurant several times a week for lunch, and they can't say enought about the food.
I love the courtyard ..... with the murals, green grass, traditional oven, and activity. This pic was taken on a weekday, so not too active. On the weekend, this is where the cultural dances and events occur, so it's quite a hub of activity on those days :)
The Harwood Art Center is an invaluable resource for artists and the community. Founded in 1991, the Center provides year-round programming including classes in visual, literary, media and perfoming arts for all skill levels. The Harwood provides space for concerts, dances, film screenings, visual arts exhibitions, poetry readings and slide lectures/workshops.
Every summer the Harwood runs an art camp providing multi-cultural arts education for nearly 200 children. The facility houses 45 artist studios, 3 formal exhibition spaces and 2 community galleries as well as a dance studio, a small theater and visual arts studio. They co-publish of an annual poetry review and print the Harwood Newsletter each season.
The Harwood Arts Center is housed in a 1925 neo-classical revival style building just north of Downtown Albuquerque. Originally the home of the Harwood Girl's School, the Center has retained the name to honor the history of the building.
Although it has been in existence as a performance space since the 1970s the South Broadway Cultural Center has become one of Albuquerque's premier venues for cultural and arts events since its 1994 renovation.
With its stylish post-modern architecture, art gallery featuring rotating exhibitions by local artist and 300 seat performing arts theater there is always something to see and do at the SBCC.
Productions at the center focus mostly on multi-cultural things but have included everything from the San Francisco Mime Troupe, local Hispanic theater companies and elaborately produced plays by local drag performers.
The center has multi-purpose rooms available for local auditions, script readings and poetry readings. Give the SBCC a call to find out what's going on this weekend in the art gallery and theater or visit the city library branch that shares the building.
The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is New Mexico's premier location to learn about the state's 19 Indian Pueblos and their Native American populations. Each Pueblo has its own area in the center to display arts and crafts as well as provide information about their individual historical and social worlds.
The IPCC is one of the few places in the state where you are allowed to photograph Native American dances and ceremonies.
For the kids there is the Pueblo House Children's Museum where children can learn about Native American life with hands on displays of Indian pottery and lectures. Kids can even learn a Native American dance.
Actual Native American dances are performed every weekend throughout the year. The IPCC's restaurant serves Frybread, Indian Tacos and Posole.
The National Hispanic Cultural Center is one of the brightest jewels in Albuquerque's crown of cultural offerings. Nestled in the South Valley bosque (Cottonwood forest), this architecturally striking compound consists of art galleries, museums, performance spaces, theaters and classrooms. There is virtually something going on there everyday.
The NHCC presents the best in Hispanic plays, concerts, films, art, flamenco dancing, salsa and symphony concerts. It has hosted a Chile Harvest Festival and various events for children during the summer and, at Halloween, a Day of the Dead celebration.
Open everyday is the 11,000 sf main gallery. It exhibits contemporary, traditional, and classic Hispanic art from around the world. This gallery hosted a show of the Hispanic art collection of actor/comedian Cheech Marin which boasted the largest attendance for an art opening in New Mexico history. A visiting Los Angeles official who toured the center said that the facility is "the model center that represents the greatest and largest vision for a Hispanic Cultural Center in the US."
If you are visiting Albuquerque put the NHCC at the very top of your "must see" list. If you live here and have never been to the NHCC kick yourself and go today.
This cultural center presents lifestyle, traditions and craftworks of the 19 pueblos of the New Mexico. The main attraction of the center is the museum, which shows the development of the Pueblos during years.
In the shop you can find fine pottery, sculpture, paintings, jewelry, rugs, books, clothing, etc.
In the cafeteria of the center, the Harvest Cafe, you can taste New Mexican cuisine and food from the Pueblos.
In the weekends traditional indian dancers perform their tribal dance for tourists. Cameras are allowed, just be kind and leave some monetary presents for performers.
Restaurants, art galleries, and a performing arts theater are all part of this cultural center.
"The architectural design of the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) was created to accommodate a wealth of cultural programs developed by Center staff with the assistance of leading New Mexico Hispanic artists, educators, scholars; and business people. Many architectural features recall building styles of Spain and Latin America."
Step into cultures that have respected the land, animals, and traditions since the dawn of their exsistance! The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is a delight to your eyes with the larger than life murals depicting life in the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico. Liven up your tastebuds at the Harvest Cafe and support the craftspeople at the gift shop with an affordable sandstone picture or box.
Traditional dance performances and artists demonstrations are held every weekend, free to the public. Cameras are permitted and encouraged, just be sure to leave a monetary donation in the box for the dancers!
When taking pictures of the dancers be polite and quiet and give thanks to them for sharing their traditions and talents.
Be sure to tour the heart of the center - the museum! Averagely priced, it is a must-see. Be sure to pick up some pamphlets in the lobby and guides to the 19 pueblos.
Each weekend, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center offers FREE traditional dance performances and art demonstrations. Other special activities are held throughout the year such as an American Indian Week celebration, arts and crafts workshops, etc. The Center also showcases a different Native American artist each month in the Main Exhibit Gallery.
OPEN: Daily 9-5:30
This very fine cultural center includes a number of shops in which you can buy fine pottery, sculpture, paintings, jewelry, rugs, books, clothing, etc. All 19 of New Mexico's Pueblos are represented. There is also a great museum in the basement that traces the development of the Pueblo culture. A restaurant features New Mexican cuisine and food from the Pueblos.
OPEN: Daily 9-5:30
This was a special event at the Indian Cultural Center in Alb.
Wathcing them make bread the very old way in their ovens...