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Wednesday March 15, 2023

Location: El Vado Motel

3:00 pm-5:00 pm I Tour: Mezcla de Culturas | A Walking Tour of ABQ Sawmill District & Historic Old Town + Local Brew (limit of 12 people and $50.00 fee)

Leave El Vado Motel reception at 2:40pm

Difficulty Level: 1 Easy

Walking tour meets in the lobby of Hotel Albuquerque and ends at our H.I. Travel Hub inside Hotel Chaco. Guests can then continue on to Paxton’s at the Sawmill Market to enjoy a complimentary beverage.


“Mezcla de Culturas is Spanish for “the mix of cultures” and this immersive and enchanting two-hour walking tour celebrates the mixture of influences and cultures that make up the heart of Albuquerque’s 18th Century Historic Old Town. This tour is a shared journey where guests get a glimpse into Albuquerque’s past and still living history. During your walk, our discussion will focus on how Albuquerque has grown over the last three hundred years and bloomed into the city it is today.

 Next, you’ll visit the exciting Sawmill District. Originally occupied by the American Lumber Company, the Sawmill District is being re-envisioned and redeveloped into a vibrant and eclectic neighborhood. An up and coming area with loft-style housing, artist studios and mixed-use residential and commercial buildings; the new Sawmill District celebrates its industrial roots and attracts entrepreneurial thinking. Thereby, mixing an innovative trend toward urban living with New Mexico’s rich industrial past.

 On the Mezcla de Culturas tour, you’ll see the living history and mix of cultural traditions through the repurposing of old buildings invigorated with new life as well as celebrate the refined aged character of buildings that have existed here since the early 1700s. If you want to experience this interaction of cultures, art, architecture and history, then Albuquerque is the place and this tour is for you!”

5:00 pm-7:00 pm I Welcome Happy Hour

Thursday, March 16, 2023

Location: El Vado Motel

7:30 am - 8:30 am | Coffee and bagels

8:45 am – 9:00 am | Welcome led by Ann Whiteside

9:00 am – 9:45 am |Keynote with Theodore Jojola, Distinguished Professor and Regents’ Professor in the Community & Regional Planning Program, School of Architecture + Planning, University of New Mexico (UNM).

9:45 am - 10:00 am | break

10:00 am - 11 am I ABQ: N-S and E-W Karl-Johnson / Bellmore 

11:00 am - 12:00 pm I Collections Robichaud, Leither, Smithglass

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm I Lunch on your own

1:15 pm- 2:15 pm I Narratives Casey, Bellmore, 

2:15 pm - 3:00 pm I Students Colwell, Murphy, Rinalducci

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm I break

4:00 pm - 9:00 pm Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

4:00pm-5:00 pm: Transportation provided. Our own Gabriella Karl-Johnson will be ferrying us via van in groups of 15 people. 

5:00pm -6:30 pm: Museum and gallery open. Guided tour will begin around 5:30pm. 

6:30pm-8:30pm: Group dinner at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in the Pottery & Private Ballroom catered by the Indian Pueblo Kitchen. The room has an exquisite pottery wall representing all 19 Pueblos of New Mexico. The private balcony provides breathtaking views of the Sandia Mountains. 

8:00pm-9:00pm: Transportation back to the El Vado Motel.

“The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC) Campus serves as a gathering place where Pueblo Culture is celebrated through creative and cultural experiences, while providing economic opportunities to Pueblo and local communities. It is located at the heart of nearly 80 acres of land owned by the 19 Pueblos and governed by the 19 Pueblos District (a sovereign government formed by the Tribal Councils of the 19 New Mexico Pueblo Communities) at the former location of the Albuquerque Indian School (1881-1982). The Center is comprised of museum and gallery space, a collection of murals and other Native arts and artifacts, a library, archives, an education department, a teaching kitchen/restaurant, and cultural programming and events – each celebrating the Pueblo culture of New Mexico.”

Friday, March 17, 2023

Location: El Vado Motel

7:30 am - 8:30 am | Vendor Showcase with coffee and bagels

8:45 am – 9:30 am | Materials Pompelia, Johnston, Leousis

9:30 am – 10:15 am |Library Spaces Eifler, Kennedy, Robinson

10:15 am - 10:30 am | break

10:30 am - 11:15 am I Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Hartup, Rall, Havens

11:15 am- 12:00 pm I Routes of the Mind Smith, Kawaratani

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm I Lunch on your own

1:00 pm- 2:00 pm I Jessica Roybal

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm I Route 66 cars in El Vado parking lot

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm I AASL meeting/discussion

4:30 pm - I Free time, asynchronous events

Saturday, March 18, 2023

Location: El Vado Motel

8:00 am - 9:00 am | Avery Index Focus Group

9:00 am – 9:15 am | break

9:15 am – 10:45 am |The Journal Debate Schumacher, Opar, Orcutt, Campbell, 

10:45 am - 11:45 am | break

11:45am- 5:30pm  I Salinas Pueblo Missions (limit of 20 people and $50.00 fee)

Tucked away in the middle of New Mexico you’ll find Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument.  Its three distinct sites offer a glimpse into a unique time in history—a time entrenched with cultural borrowing, conflict and struggles. These sites continue to stand as reminders of the Spanish and Pueblo peoples’ early encounters and prompt exploration of today’s interactions among different people. [from the website]

We will be visiting two of the three sites: Abó and Quarai. Please follow the links for specific descriptions and images. These are breathtaking places to see in person!

Travel will be by mini-coach as a group, and it will be a full afternoon. There will be about 2 1/2 hours total on the bus in addition to the walking tours outlined in the schedule below. On-site walking trails at the two sites are mostly flat and total about 1 1/2 miles, so everyone will need comfortable, sturdy walking shoes. Participants should have lunch before departure and plan to bring water and any snacks for the afternoon. There are restrooms at both sites.

Leave El Vado Motel parking lot at 12 noon

Difficulty Level: 2

20 person limit


Tentative schedule:

12-1:15 pm - travel to Abó

1:15 - 2 pm - self-guided tour

2 - 2:30 pm - travel to Quarai

2:30 - 3:30 pm - guided tour by park ranger

3:30 - 4 pm - time for personal exploration/ photography

4 - 5 pm - travel time back to El Vado

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