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City Seeks to Celebrate the Next Group of Creatives Who Shape the Greater Albuquerque Area

Creative Bravos Awards nominations now open; recognize the diversity of creative work in the community.

February 15, 2023 - Since reviving the Creative Bravos Awards in 2018 after a long hiatus, the City of Albuquerque's Department of Arts & Culture has recognized 36 individuals or organizations who have made a lasting impression on the Greater Albuquerque Area's creative sector. Nominations for the next group of Creative Bravos winners are now being accepted at

The Creative Bravos Awards are dedicated to recognizing and honoring work that makes a significant impact on the lives of residents, neighborhoods, and/or communities. The awards are given annually to individual artists, teams, events, programs, organizations and businesses that celebrate the breadth of creative work that exists in the city.  

Nominations across any or all creative categories are encouraged, although self nominations will not be accepted. Nominations should be submitted no later that 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 5

Six to 10 awards are given annually with one or more awarded to youth applicants as well as emerging practitioners of any age.

"Albuquerque is fortunate to experience a constant commitment, collaboration, and evolution of creative and artistic expression," said First Lady Elizabeth Kistin Keller, chair of the Creative Bravos Awards selection committee. "Contributors and supporters of the arts have given this city an abundance of vibrancy and life."

The immense and incredible history that the Creative Bravos Awards hold proves that Albuquerque’s art community and creative economy has a far-reaching, undeniably positive influence on our city. For nearly four decades, the awards have celebrated the work and accomplishments of Albuquerque based arts with its own living history and life seen through the three different variations the awards have evolved from, and this legacy lives in what they are today.

Visit the Creative Bravos Awards website, as well as the Living History Project, at