Albuquerque is recognized as one of the most culturally diverse cities in the country. Its ethnic tapestry is reflected in its architecture, art, cultural centers and cuisine. Countless customs and traditions that have been passed down over generations are a vibrant part of daily life in the city, making Albuquerque an epicenter of authentic Southwestern culture. The past seamlessly weaves through the fabric of present-day Albuquerque and is reflected in everything from the city’s quaint shops and Pueblo- and Spanish-inspired architecture to world-famous cuisine, music and art – making it a truly culturally rich American destination.
In addition to the Native American, Hispanic, Latino and Anglo cultures for which New Mexico is well known, more than 70 different ethnicities call Albuquerque home. Many of these cultures have centers and institutions dedicated to the study, advancement and presentation of their particular heritage, arts and humanities. These include but are not limited to the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, National Institute of Flamenco, African-American Performing Arts Center, and Chinese Culture Center.