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| August 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Albuquerque Highlights Arts & Culture Offerings

From the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center to Route 66 and the National Institute of Flamenco to “Breaking Bad,” Albuquerque is filled with a unique array of arts-and-culture offerings. Even better, as I learned on a recent tour put together by the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau, these offerings are also available to association meeting planners holding events in the city.

At the top of the list for association planners is, of course, the Albuquerque Convention Center, which is in the final stages of a $22 million renovation project. The center is also the site of a mosaic project that started in 2001 and has brought a group of young apprentices together with professional artists each summer since then to continue the work, part of a series of public art pieces found throughout the downtown area. Those mosaics—and other arts-and-culture offerings discovered on my tour—can be seen in the photos that follow.

Part of the first mosaic created at the convention center in 2001, “Las Florecitas” provided the foundation for the mosaics that followed.

Part of the first mosaic created at the convention center in 2001, “Las Florecitas” provided the foundation for the mosaics that followed.

The “Winds of Change” portion of the convention center’s mosaic was created in 2011.

The “Winds of Change” portion of the convention center’s mosaic was created in 2011.

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center can accommodate groups of up to 400 in both indoor and outdoor facilities.

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center can accommodate groups of up to 400 in both indoor and outdoor facilities.

The 146-room Nativo Lodge offers five Artist Rooms, each created by a local Native American artist such as this room by Nanibah Chacon.

The 146-room Nativo Lodge offers six “Artist Rooms,” each created by a local Native American artist such as this room by Nanibah Chacon.

The 516 Arts gallery downtown is currently featuring the Digital Latin America exhibit.

The 516 Arts gallery downtown is currently featuring the Digital Latin America exhibit.

Former Route 66 service station has been transformed into Kelly’s Brewpub in Nob Hill section of Albuquerque.

This former Route 66 service station has been transformed into Kelly’s Brewpub in the Nob Hill section of Albuquerque.

The organic farm is located behind El Pinto Restaurant & Salsa Company, which can accommodate large groups (up to 1,000) for events.

The organic farm is located behind El Pinto Restaurant & Salsa Company, which can accommodate large groups (up to 1,000) for events.

The Stables at Tamaya, at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa, features a variety of offerings for groups, from trail rides to rodeos.

The Stables at Tamaya, at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa, features a variety of offerings for groups, from trail rides to rodeos.

Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm offers meeting space for groups of up to 150 and a variety of workshops.

Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm offers meeting space for groups of up to 150 and a variety of workshops.

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