Downtown Is The “Heart of the Community”

In 2015, we were awarded a $200,000 grant from Southwest Airlines, in partnership with the Project for Public Spaces, for placemaking initiatives on Civic Plaza! This Heart of the Community grant has transformed the area in front of the Convention Center into a gathering space for the community. We’ve worked with the community, the City of Albuquerque, and partnered with the managers of the Convention Center, SMG, to reimagine and activate this important piece of our city. The results have been transformative for Civic Plaza, and more is coming. The grant has been met with huge success and has launched a series of events on the plaza, including ABQ Food Fridays, Movies on the Plaza, the Silver Spoon (a refitted Airstream that now serves as a mobile kitchen), festivals, and much more, as well as provided physical amenities to the space, such as tables, chairs, umbrellas, and plants. We’ve seen a huge turnaround in the perception of the plaza. Now, our community views this public space as a great amenity to Downtown, and a fun, exciting, and safe place to be.

You can learn more about the project right here.




The Silver Spoon Is Open!

Downtown’s latest mobile kitchen is now open on Civic Plaza– in a refurbished ’67 Airstream! The Silver Spoon has been serving ABQ Food Fridays all season long. This mobile kitchen has housed different chefs from varying Albuquerque restaurants throughout 2016, making it a true culinary incubator! We’ll be posting events for Silver Spoon, and you can always check as well. This project was made possible by the “Heart of the Community” grant from Southwest Airlines.