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New Mexico is widely known for its arts communities and the artists that choose to make their homes here.
From the earliest beginnings of civilization unbroken lines of culture have provided Native American artists with a rich source for their unique expression. Native American communities have sustained traditions that go back for thousands of years and Native American artists are know for their unique art forms both traditional and contemporary. There are several museums and galleries devoted solely to their culture. Opportunities exist to visit traditional communities and pueblos, and interact directly with the artists who reside there.
During the early 1900s there was a great influx of artists from the east coast of America, and from Europe. Artists came in search of new vistas to inspire their creativity and participate in the collaborative communities forming in Santa Fe and Taos. Georgia O’Keeffe is one of the most notable of these artists and made her home near the village of Abiquiu at Ghost Ranch. The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Downtown Santa Fe is dedicated to her art and the impact it still has upon New Mexico culture.
The National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque is committed to the advancement of Hispanic, Chicano, and Latin American art. And offers a robust calendar of rotating exhibits representing Hispanic artists from across the United States.
There are Museums and Arts centers in every corner of the state; dedicated to the expansion and exploration of contemporary arts and culture. Among the innumerable galleries there are those that represent local and internationally recognized artists. Many artists maintain open studios and invite the public to visit.
Come and immerse yourself in a truly unique cultural experience.
BALLOON FIESTAS & RALLIES
Fanciful balloons - marvelous, mysterious, colorful balloons - evoke all of the wonder and fun of childhood’s simplest joys.
No place in the universe has a more beloved, and specific, local cuisine than New Mexico. It’s a land whose state question is “red or green (chile)?” New Mexicans take their eating seriously.
Nowhere are there more abundant displays of work by folk artists, Spanish Colonial artists, or Native American artists
NATIVE AMERICAN EVENTS
Nowhere else in the United States have so many ancient Indian rituals and customs survived as in New Mexico.
FAIRS & FESTIVALS
New Mexico offers an exciting cornucopia of fairs, festivals, and expositions in every field of human endeavor.