National Hispanic Cultural Center

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National Hispanic Cultural Center

The National Hispanic Cultural Center is dedicated to preserving, promoting and advancing Hispanic culture, arts and humanities.[1] The NHCC's 20-acre campus is located along the Rio Grande in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Avenida César Chávez and 4th St.[2] Now presenting 700 events a year,[3] the NHCC is home to three theatres, an art museum, library, genealogy center, Spanish-language resource center, two restaurants (Pop Fizz Paleteria[4] and M'Tucci's Cocina Grill[5]) and the largest concave fresco in North America.[6][7]

Since its grand opening in 2000, the NHCC has welcomed over 3.6 million visitors, with an annual visitation of between 200,000 and 250,000. Events, exhibitions and programs are presented in the areas of music, theatre, dance, visual arts, culinary arts, film, history, literary arts and cultural-significant customs, featuring local, national and international artists, scholars and entertainers. In addition to its own events, the NHCC also hosts hundreds of rental events each year - in its theatres, ballrooms and outside plaza.

The NHCC sits within the Barelas neighborhood, a traditionally Hispanic neighborhood that has historically been a crossroads for New Mexico’s people. The community was settled for its proximity to a natural ford in the Rio Grande and to the Camino Real, the Spanish colonial-era Royal Road used primarily for trade between Mexico and northern New Mexico, and later grew dramatically due to its proximity to the railroad.

The architectural design of the NHCC recalls styles from Spain, Mesoamerica and early New Mexico.

The National Hispanic Cultural Center enjoys the broad support of the New Mexico State Legislature, private industry and individuals. The NHCC is part of the State of New Mexico’s Department of Cultural Affairs, along with seven other state museums and six state monuments,[8] and it is supported through the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit.[9][10]


  1. ^ "About - National Hispanic Cultural Center". NHCC. Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  2. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  3. ^ Editor, Adrian Gomez | Journal Arts & Entertainment. "National Hispanic Cultural Center offers three Latino theater series". Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  4. ^ "Pop Fizz | All-Natural Popsicles and Ice Cream | Pop Fizz". Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  5. ^ "M'tucci's Cocina Grill". M'tucci's Italian. Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  6. ^ Bureau, Albuquerque Convention & Visitors. "Albuquerque Unveils North America's Largest Concave Fresco". Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  7. ^ "Visit - NHCC". NHCC. Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  8. ^ "About". Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  9. ^ "About - National Hispanic Cultural Center". NHCC. Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  10. ^ "Support - National Hispanic Cultural Center". NHCC. Retrieved 2016-05-23.

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Coordinates: 35°04′05″N 106°39′19″W / 35.06806°N 106.65528°W / 35.06806; -106.65528