Published August 8, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE —The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center(IPCC) is looking forward to hosting the 5th Annual Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival (AAIAF) on Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8, the first weekend of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®. The two-day festival at 2401 12th St NW is the only authentic, all–Native American art show in town during the Balloon Fiesta each year. It also kicks off a week-long celebration of Pueblo art and culture at the IPCC, including more than 40 traditional Native dances over the course of the Balloon Fiesta, October 7 through 15.
With its intensive application process and limit of 50 artists, AAIAF is a premier showcase for Indigenous artists creating both traditional and contemporary works of art, including jewelry, pottery, paintings, rugs, and sculpture. The festival’s format offers visitors from around the world an unparalleled opportunity to meet, talk with, and shop directly from Native artists in the heart of Albuquerque.
“Pueblo hospitality is at the heart of everything we do here at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, so we’re thrilled for the opportunity to welcome visitors from near and far and provide an incredible cultural experience,” says Museum Director Monique Fragua (Jemez Pueblo). “From authentic Native art and jewelry and traditional dances held in our courtyard to our engaging museum exhibits—we have something for everyone.”
Visitors to the IPCC during Balloon Fiesta will experience a full schedule of traditional Native dances in the mural-lined courtyard by a dozen different Pueblo dance groups, including the White Eagle Dance Group of Zuni Pueblo, the Sky City Buffalo Ram Dance Group of Acoma Pueblo, and the Oak Canyon Dancers of Jemez Pueblo. Native artists will offer their creations at vendor booths in the courtyard daily, and staff and docents will be available to enrich visitors’ self-guided tours in the museum.
The IPCC’s museum exhibits offer hours of cultural engagement, from the permanent exhibit “We Are of This Place: The Pueblo Story,” to rotating temporary exhibits in the South Gallery that delve deeper into specific aspects of Pueblo life. Meanwhile the Artists Circle Gallery will be showcasing Meditations on the Journey, a vibrant new solo show by mixed media painter Felix Vigil (Jemez Pueblo, Jicarilla Apache).
Visitors can complete their immersion in Pueblo culture with New Native American Cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the on-site Pueblo Harvest Cafe, whose award-winning culinary team is popular year-round for such specialties as Blue Corn Piñon Pancakes, Tewa Tacos on frybread, and the Pueblo Feast’s array of stews, breads, and more. The restaurant’s fall menu will be in effect come October, with seasonal ingredients like bison in a suite of newly-imagined dishes. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Party on the Patiowill go into full swing with live bands and a buffet of unlimited fresh horno-baked pizza. The party starts at 6 pm each night with a $10 cover.
The IPCC is located at 2401 12th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104. Admission to the 5th Annual Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival and the week’s special cultural events are all included in normal IPCC admission:
Seniors (62 & over): $6.40
Military (Active & Retired): $6.40
New Mexico Residents: $6.40
Students/Children (ages 5-17): $5.40
Children under 5: Free
Groups (15 or more): $5.40
In addition to welcoming collectors of Native art and visitors from across the country and world, the IPCC invites media representatives to attend and document the special event. To secure a press pass please contact:
Director of Marketing
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