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Our Department

Albuquerque thrives as a vibrant cultural hub, thanks to the dedicated initiatives of the City's Department of Arts & Culture. Boasting an impressive portfolio that includes 19 Public Library branches, two museums, two performance theaters, a zoo, aquarium, botanic garden, and inviting fishing ponds, our city offers an abundance of attractions for both residents and tourists. Immerse yourself in a tapestry of family-friendly activities, explore a diverse collection of public art, wander through the historic plazas of Old Town, and indulge in the excitement of large scale events like Freedom 4th and the Twinkle Light Parade. With these exceptional offerings and more, our department is committed to elevating the quality of life in Albuquerque to unparalleled heights for everyone who calls this city home or visits its enchanting landscapes.

The mission of the Department of Arts & Culture is to enhance the quality of life in the City by celebrating Albuquerque's unique history and culture, and providing services, entertainment, programs and collections that improve literacy, economic vitality and learning in state of the art facilities that enrich City life and increase tourism to Albuquerque.

Executive Contacts

Main Phone: (505) 768-3556 (311 locally, Relay NM or 711)

Email: [email protected]

Director: Dr. Shelle Sanchez

Deputy Director: Elsa Menendez

Deputy Director: Diego Lucero

Executive Assistant to the Director: Karl Ortiz

ABQ BioPark Director: Brandon Gibson

Albuquerque Museum Director: Andrew Connors

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum Manager: Nan Masland

Community Events Manager: Bree Ortiz

Fiscal Manager: Denise Ortiz

KiMo Theatre Manager:

Marketing Manager: Tanya Lenti

CABQ Media Manager:   

Public Art Urban Enhancement Program Manager: Sherri Brueggemann

Public Library Director:  

Senior Personnel/Labor Relations Officer: Ray Jojola   

South Broadway Cultural Center Manager: Georgia Michael