about us

About Keshet 


Rooted in dance, mentorship, and a welcoming space for the arts, Keshet activates community and fosters unlimited possibilities through education, engagement, innovation, and the pursuit of justice.


To celebrate the art of dance and be a welcoming home for the intersection of the arts, artists, and audience; actuating a flourishing environment for empowered individuals, nurtured communities, and sustained equity.


Housed at the Keshet Center for the Arts in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and founded in 1996, the heart of our organization is Keshet Dance Company, a core group of professional dance artists, who creatively feed and are fed by four intersecting areas of community impact: Social Justice through Dance, the Business of Art, Community Dance Education, and Contemporary Dance Performance


The Company consists of movement artists who find their truest selves in the art of dance. The professional dance artists that bring life to Keshet Dance Company brilliantly remove the boundaries between “dance” and “community,” and they can usually be found sharing movement, mentorship, and laughter with each other; with visiting artists; with students of all ages, abilities and spaces; and with communities near and far.


30,000 sq. ft. of pure fun with studios, theater, gift shop, costume shop, community gathering spaces, and wearing the largest mural in the State of New Mexico. Keshet Center for the Arts is proud to be an anchor organization in the Midtown Arts and Entertainment District.

Community Impact Areas


Keshet’s Arts and Justice Initiatives work with a broad range of community partners at the intersection of arts and juvenile justice who envision a future where youth are empowered, and where the systems that serve them are transformed, centering the arts as a way to build the well-being of young people and their communities. Keshet’s work in this area includes:

  • Dance programming for incarcerated and paroling youth;
  • Post-release transition and detention alternatives support, through arts programming and mentorship;
  • Field research supporting policy and advocacy efforts towards meaningful systems change; and
  • Community conversations and learning opportunities centering youth voices with an eye towards resource connectivity across social sector and government agencies.


The Keshet Ideas and Innovation Community (KIIC) champions the value of the artist and the arts economy. Through KIIC, Keshet:

  • Offers arts business classes for arts entrepreneurs throughout the year, and
  • Facilitates various artist residencies, providing access to rehearsal and performance space for movement artists.


Everyone can dance!

  • Keshet classes are available to all levels, ages, and abilities; from age 2 to 102.
  • To break down economic barriers to dance, Keshet offers unlimited, non-competitive scholarships through a sliding scale payment structure.
  • While many of Keshet’s dance education opportunities are multi-generational, we also offer specific programs for young dancers, pre-professional students, professional dancers, novice adults, older adults, dancers with disabilities, and more.


Keshet engages audiences in a wide range of contemporary dance performance experiences and opportunities.

  • Local performances range from community-wide collaborative productions to national and international visiting guest artists.
  • Keshet on tour brings the unique work of the Keshet company to regional, national, and international communities. 


Board of Directors

Board President: 

Manuel Montoya, Associate Professor of International Management and Global Structures,
Chair of Creative Enterprise, University of New Mexico, Anderson School of Management

Immediate Past Board President:

Tom Wolinski, Fiasco Fine Wine

Board Vice President:

Dovya Friedman, Owner/CEO, Utility Agency & DLF Branding


Vanessa Shackleford, Program Analyst, Dept of Energy, Leidos

Members at Large:

Arlyn Crow, Adams + Crow Law Firm

Rabbi John T. Feldman, Professor, University of New Mexico Law School; Mediator; Musician

Shira Greenberg, Founder & Artistic Director, Keshet



Thank you to these amazing Corporate Fans for your support!

Corporate Fans are businesses and individuals who support Keshet and connect to community members and art enthusiasts through sponsorship of Keshet’s ongoing, virtual and in-person performance season. Learn more by emailing Advancement@KeshetArts.org.


Thank you to these amazing Funders for your support!

Keshet Dance & Center for the Arts is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Keshet (Keshet Dance Company) is a private, non-profit organization according to section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions are tax-deductible.


Keshet would like to thank our entire Cast of Characters, especially those in the following supporting roles whose financial and in-kind contributions make a difference in supporting “unlimited possibilities” in Calendar Year 2022 (January 1 – December 31, 2022).

* All or a portion of the gift is in-kind
~ Sustainers Club member

If you made a donation in 2022 and don’t see yourself listed, please send a message to  sebrena@keshetarts.org.

PRODUCERS ($10,000+)

Albuquerque Community Foundation

Albuquerque Journal/Starline Printing, LLC*

Albuquerque The Magazine*

Anonymous Foundation

Bernalillo County

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico

City of Albuquerque – Department of Arts and Culture

City of Albuquerque – Urban Enhancement Trust Fund

Dalla Terra Winery Direct*

Peter Eller*

Hotel Andaluz*

Magic 95.5/KKOB News Talk 96.3*

National Endowment for the Arts

New Mexico Funders Network – Educate to Elevate

New Mexico Humanities Council

Nusenda Credit Union Foundation

Steve Padilla and Maggie Santiago*

Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM)

Sandia Foundation

Slomo and Cindy Silvian Foundation

U.S. Department of Commerce – Economic Development Administration

U.S. Department of Treasury

United Way of Central New Mexico

Your Key to Burgundy

Choreographers ($5,000-$9,999)

Albertsons Market/Market Street

Albuquerque Business First*


William and Paula Bradley*

David and Sandy Davis

Charles and Eugenia Eberle*

Frontier Restaurant

Mickey Greenberg and Shelley Kornblum

Manuel Montoya and Ronda Brulotte*~

New Mexico Arts

River Terrace Inn*

Cate Stetson*

Vintage Albuquerque*

Kris and Stephen Wade

DIVAS ($2,500-$4,999)

A+ Marketing Consultants*

Pat Berrett*

Mark and Stephanie Bieniarz*

City Different Investments

Cosmetic Dentistry of New Mexico

Dance Medicine of New Mexico*

Arlyn Crow and Sam Adams*

Rob Durham and Joanie Griffin

Edible New Mexico*

FBT Architects

Fiasco Fine Wine LLC*

Renee Fox*

Alberto Gutierrez*

Terry and Pat Keene*

La Boca*

Lone Sun Builders*

Greg O’Byrne*

Republic National Distributing Company*

Sheila Fortune Foundation

RJ and Jeff Smith*~

Diana Stetson*

Sunny 505

The Paper*

The Pushkin Group LTD*

VARA Winery & Distillery*

Thomas Wolinski*~

Starlets ($1,000-$2,499)

101 Property

Adams + Crow Law Firm

Albuquerque Academy

Albuquerque Community Foundation, Sun Vista Legacy Fund

Annapurna’s World Vegetarian Café

Audi Mercedes Benz Porsche of Albuquerque

Judith Brin-Ingber*

Chris and Kathleen Burmeister*

Lani and James Casady – in honor of Waylon

Randy and Susan Cooper*

Merrie Courtright

Davis Ladybug Foundation*

Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center of New Mexico

John and Cookie Emerson

Julie Flaherty*

Frost Mortgage

Marie Gorence and Isaac Koech~

Grand Mesa Studios*

Green Jeans Food Hall

John and Liz Groth

Erik Harrigan*

Tobias Hoellrich*

Jim and Rebecca Long*

Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm*

Scott and Joann MacKenzie*

Scott McIntyre*

Maria Montoya Chavez and Leland Chavez

Lee and Kenneth Moore

Jennifer Moore Plane

Laura Nitsos*

Lynne Orr

Danny Palma

Peacock Law P.C.*

Bradley Peterson

Mark Rainosek*

Byron Rudolph*

Schwab Charitable (DAF)

Kenneth Shoemaker*

Southwest Mail Center*

Stetson Law Offices PC*

Sutin, Thayer & Browne, P.C.

Peter and Mary Tannen*

Gloria and Ron Trask

Randy and Dolly Trask

Randy and Sarah Trask

Utility Agency*

Dr. Byron Wall and Cindy Hernandez Wall*

Weems Gallery and Framing*

Felicia and Todd White

Linda Zipp and Michael Amato

Principals ($500-$999)

505 Spirits*

Nancy Abruzzo*

Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum Foundation*


Shane and Lia Armstrong

Wally Book

Gail and Gary Boyle*

Janet Braziel and Robert Lynn*

Car Crafters, Inc.

David Snyder and Sara Coffey

Doug Diefenthaler*

Edward Ripp: Bookseller*

Kayvan Ellini*

Farm & Table*

David and Shirley Fite

Alyssa Girard

Melissa and Sean Grossetete

Emily and Arand Harmon-Pierce

James and Judy Harris*

Matt Jones

KidPower Therapy Associates PC

Brian Larky

Kelly Lawrence

Catalina Lehner*

Ana and Cesar Lopes Arechiga

Lovelace Health System

Julia Maccini

Michael McCall

Gail McDaniels

Dan Merians*

Miryam Miller

Beth Mohr and Janet McHard

Lilia Moreno*

Mary Anne Newhall

Rob and Beth O’Leary*

Positive Energy Solar

Presbyterian Healthcare Services

Brad Raisher and Melissa Freeman

Red Rock Roasters*

Donald and Karen Rogers*

Safe House Distilling*

Lindsay Shettlesworth/Q Realty

Mary Ellen and Ron Shettlesworth

TCR Productions LLC

The Daily Grind*

The Grove Café and Market

Thrive Consulting

US Eagle

Verdes Foundation*

Michelle Vigil*

Steven and Linda Wedeen*

Rachel Wexler and Stephen Wray*

Stephanie and Anthony Williams

Ensemble Members ($100-$499)

Acupuncture & Herbal Clinic*


Kashia and Elisha Allen

Amazon Smile

Anthony Anella

Ashes and Diamonds Winery*

Dana and Justin Ball*

Penina Ballen

Toni Balzano and Johnny Chandler*

Walter Blood

Cristian and Elvine Bologa

Sarah and Pierre Bonneau


Cricket Bouajila

Ellen and John Brabson

Tara Brinduse

Emily Bryant

Rod Campbell

Casa Cocktails*

Regina Chavez Puccetti and Daniel Puccetti

Judith Chazin-Bennahum and David Bennahum

Mary Chilcoat*

Brian S. and Aleli Colon*

Costco Wholesale Corporation

Niko Culevski*

David  Daniell

Kim DeLeon

Dion’s Pizza*

Lisa Domenici~

Drita Choy*

Sarah Egelman and Daniel Clark

Danielle Estabrook and Nick Roth*

Etkie, LLC*

Janet Field

Frasca Food and Wine*


Fuse Makerspace*

Cheryl Gibson

Sen. Roberto “Bobby” & Mrs. Charlene Gonzales

Jim and Ann Gosack

Granberg Law

Colleen Grathwol and Scott Ferguson

Andy Greenberg and Alex Wellins – In loving memory of Rose Goldsteen

Barb Greenberg

Ellen and Harley Greenberg

Alisa Hart

Jennifer and Lawrence Herrera

Ari and Sean Herring

Matthew Hess~

Bob Hume~

David Hunter*

Lauren Hyde

Jesse and Trista Jackson

Joyce Jaramillo

Ryan Jaseph

Jaynes Corporation

Norty and Summers Kalishman

Chet and Mary Ellen Karnas

Kei & Molly Textiles*

George Kenefic

Pat Kiesel*

Valerie Kolbert

Jack Kotz*


La Reforma*

John and Karin Lawton

Left Turn Distilling*

Rick Letscher and Shira Greenberg~

Liquid Culture*

Michael Maccini and Barbara Koenig

Douglas Madison

Alice and StephenMaechtlen

Joyce Mahoney

Roger Mariani*

Marietta Cellars*

Kathy McClendon

Donna and George Milanovich


Adrian Moore Trask and Nathaniel Trask~

Mary and Ron Moya

Larry and Roberta Muro –Halo Ryder and Aria Muro in memory of Samantha Chavez

P. Myers


Jennie Negin and Harold Folley

New Mexico Dancewear*

Theresa Palmer and Kurt Christopher*~

Palms Trading Co*

Elisa Paster

Janice and Stuart Paster

Anthony Patterson*

Deborah Peacock and Nate Korn

Glen Phillips

Nicholas and Michelle Pope

Karen Pound

PTI Electrical Contractors

Manny and Antoinette Quintana

R & R Goforth Remodeling~

Marta and Michael Ragsdale

Jane and Russell Resnik

Sarah Resnik

Sean and Marissa Reynolds*

Erika Rimson

Scott Rogers

Rolling Still Spirits*

Robert Rosenberg and Jane Wishner

Santa Fe Pro Musica*

Santa Fe Spirits*

Savoy Bar & Grill*

Charlotte and Stuart Schoenmann

Seasons Rotisserie & Grill*

Neno Segura

Susan Selbin

Vanessa Shackleford

Lindsay & Alan Shettlesworth

Sign & Image Factory, LLC*

Siobhan Storms Re/Max*

Dr. James and Joanne Smith

Susan Soliz

Charlene Spiegel

Stone Age Climbing Gym

Robin Stoneking

Roger Tannen

Mo & Cal Taylor Wright

The Liquid Muse*

Ken and Carolyn Thompson

Carolyn and Matthew Tobias~

Token Ibis

Tami Trask

Tumbleroot Brewery*

Urban Balloons by Dawn*

Michael Vigil*

Rebecca Hartley & Ovidiu and Daniel Viorica 

VMWare Foundation

W. Vinson Walden*

Beth Waldrip

Wayward Sons Craft-Distillery*

Wayne Weigelt

Terry Swack and Louis Weitzman

Whitener Law Firm P.A.

Barbara Witemeyer – in memory of Hugh Witemeyer

Christine Zalesiak*

Stagehands ($1-$99)


Cynthia Allison and Cari Kerkhoff

Leslie and Edward Atler

Samuel Baker and Anat Shinar

Donna Marie Barra

Evening Star Barron and Gerome Olona

Bitter End Bitters*

Lorie Brau

Tracy Brewer

Melanie Burns

Christine Calloway

Billy Campbell

Layne Campbell Rincon

Edward Carrion*

Caruso’s Italian Restaurant*

Clifton Chadwick

Frances Chance

Lisa Chaney

Chevron Corporation

The Chimera Family*

Donald Cole

Pam Colton

Cara Curtiss

Krys and Phil Custer

Leona Davis-Brown

Marta del Rio

Buffy DeWitt – in honor of Dana Chapman Ball

Bernardo Diaz

Kiva Duckworth-Moulton*

Walter Duran

Earth Day Recycling

Rabbi Abraham and Mrs. Linda Ettedgui

Sebrena Figueroa

Flying Star Café*

Renee and James Fox

Dovya Friedman and George Hausner*

Sadie Gelb

Give Back Foundation

V and Roy Goforth

David Gorgone

Libby Marie Gutierrez

Emunah Herzog

Nicole Hewitt

Catherine Hipple

Rachel Hom

Curry Rose Hoskey

Il Vicino Wood Oven Pizza*

Vanessa Jacobsohn and Edgar Solis

Amy Jarjusey

Bobbi Johnson

JoJoMo Cabinetry*

C.K. Jones – in honor of Park Jimin

Pam Kileen

Linda King

Kathleen Kingsley

Linda Koski

Michael Lavenson

Marta Lichlyter

Steven Malizia

Sharon Mason

Zoe Mattioli

Jessica McKeon*

Kelly Miller*

Nicole Mondragon

Network for Good

Anna and Dan Novak

Melanie O’Callaghan

Susan Pascal-Beck

Cindy and Luis Peters

Sophia Phillips

Neal Pitts

Burt and Shirley Politz

Margaret Roberts

Ruthie’s Bagels*

Arlene Safier

Larry Sklar and Alison Franks

Blandford and Susan Smith

Ethel Smith

Nancy Smith

Roy Solomon

Helen Speer

Alexandria and Andrew Steyer

Sheriden Thomas

Three Sisters Kitchen*

Paige Tillery

Alissa and Mathew Trujillo

Alison Turner

Two Fools Tavern*

Cynthia Vaughn

Vision Cellars*

Keren Wolf

Karen Wolfe-Mattison*

Marla Wood

Map and Directions

Map and Directions

4121 Cutler Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110 (link to Google Maps)

Cutler is just north of Indian School / just south of Menaul

The cross streets are Morningside and Cutler (Keshet Center for the Arts is on the north side of Cutler, just west of Morningside) Morningside is just west of Washington

If you are heading East on I-40 Take the San Mateo exit and drive briefly north (L) on San Mateo. Turn to the west (L) on Cutler – the first street north of the freeway. Continue on Cutler past Washington, and continue just past Morningside, Keshet Center for the Arts will be on your right.

If you are heading West on I-40 Take the San Mateo exit and continue straight…you are already on Cutler! Continue heading this direction (west) on Cutler past Washington, to Morningside.  Keshet Center for the Arts will be on your right.

Awards/Honors and Milestones

Awards/Honors & Milestones


Shira Greenberg is appointed to the State of New Mexico Children’s Code Task Force, charged with re-writing the New Mexico Children’s Code, the primary legal statute overseeing juvenile justice and foster care for the State. To our knowledge Greenberg is the first artist in the State’s history to be a part of the Children’s Code creation.

Greenberg is appointed to the Jacob’s Pillow National Dance Presenters Forum, supporting the Forum’s charge “to rebuild the network of dance presenters as we emerge from the pandemic; foster dialogue about the changed landscape of dance presenting; and encourage an expansive model of access and participation in the field.”

Keshet hosts the first partnership convening between Keshet’s Arts and Justice Initiatives and the Arts for Healing and Justice Network at the Keshet Center for the Arts, welcoming Arts and Justice organizations and Youth Leaders from Los Angeles, San Diego, New Orleans, New York, and Ohio for three days of learning and sharing.


Keshet receives a 2nd investment grant award from the US Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration – $1,200,000 to support the expansion of Keshet Center for the Arts and the Keshet Ideas and Innovation Community.

Shira Greenberg is appointed to the New Mexico Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Statewide Coordinating Council.

Keshet is gifted a long-standing fundraising wine gala event, which is rebranded and launched as Keshet’s inaugural ABQ Wine Classic.

Keshet premieres not one but two new Keshet Dance Company original new evening-length works – Keystones, by Shira Greenberg in April and Hevel by Ana Lopes Aréchiga in November.

Keshet launches a new partnership with the Workforce Connections of Central New Mexico, providing paid internships for system-impacted and formerly incarcerated young adults, formally kicking off Keshet’s IDEAs Experience (Inquiry and Discovery through Education and the Arts).


Shira Greenberg is honored with the New Mexico Humanitarian Award: Harold B. Albert Community Service Award.

Keshet receives the Southwest Region Economic Development Administration (SWREDA) Star of the Southwest Award “for playing a critical role in helping bolster local & regional economies through job creation and infrastructure development.”

Keshet joins 23 additional local community organizations in the field of Juvenile Justice to launch the ABQ Justice for Youth Community Collaborative with the support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.


Keshet is awarded a $1,000,000 investment from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to expand Keshet’s Arts and Justice Initiatives.

Shira Greenberg is named a Program Advisor for the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, embarking on a three-year Advisory position.

Keshet Dance & Center for the Arts was voted the Best Local Nonprofit Brand, by finalist selection through the American Marketing Assoication and then through community votes with the B2B Expo NM.


Keshet Center for the Arts became one of a handful of Choreographic Centers in the nation, and the only of it’s kind to include arts entrepreneur business training in our Makers Space Experience. Ten choreographers from across the USA (arriving in two cohorts) spent 10 days at Keshet Center for the Arts with access to daily rehearsal space, technique classes, business training, and peer support as they developed new work.

Shira Greenberg is one of the first recipients of Women & Creativity’s The Shine Award. The Shine Awards elevate and celebrate the efforts and impact of our community’s women and their contributions to the arts, creativity, entrepreneurship, leadership, and shared vision. Shira was recognized for her commitment to the innovative idea that “dance is for everyone,”  which has transformed Albuquerque’s community, creative economy, and the field of dance through the creation of Keshet Dance & Center for the Arts.

Keshet Dance receives the 2018 MINDBODY Visionary Award for being a business that supports our community and makes a positive impact on every person who comes through your doors, honored at the 2018 BOLD conference in San Diego, California.


Keshet formally launches the Keshet International Dance Festival with Navarasa Dance Theater’s (India/Boston/LA) world premiere of Snake and Ladder.

With support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Keshet launches the first “Keshet Fellowship for Contemporary Dance” with inaugural Fellow, Silva Laukkanen from Austin, TX.


The 20th annual, and finale run of Nutcracker on the Rocks, is presented at the Keshet Center for the Arts with a 26 show run including beautiful cameo appearances from past cast members over the past 20 years.

Shira Greenberg is a recipient of the 2016 Roslyn S. Jaffe Award, supporting everyday heroes who are making a meaningful impact in communities across the U.S., specifically in the areas of health, education, and social reform.

Keshet presents the Rio Grande Movement Collectors Festival, which is the seed that grows the Makers Space Experience at the Keshet Center for the Arts.

Keshet hosts the first Southwest/Mountain States Regional Convening on Adaptive/Inclusive Dance – co-presented by AXIS Dance Company and facilitated by AXIS’s Founder and Director Judith Smith, with performances by DanceAbility and master classes by DanceAbility Founder, Alito Alessi.


The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation provides Keshet with seed money to codify the M3 curriculum and launch programming in five pilot communities throughout the U.S. forging partnerships between local dance professionals and the local juvenile justice system of each pilot community.


Shira Greenberg is one of five women nationally to be awarded Traditional Home Magazine’s 2014 Classic Woman Award, recognizing extraordinary women who have made a difference in the lives of their communities.


Keshet provides the rights to Nutcracker on the Rocks to Cohesion Dance Project (Helena, MT), and Cohesion premieres its first annual “Shira Greenberg’s Nutcracker on the Rocks” over Thanksgiving weekend.

Keshet is selected as the first place photo winner in TechSoup’s Digital Storytelling Contest.

Keshet closes on the property at 4121 Cutler Ave NE in January, and in August moves in, transforming the former soundstage and adjoining warehouse into the Keshet Center for the Arts.


Keshet is awarded $1,000,000 from the US Department of Economic Development for the creation of the Keshet Ideas and Innovation Center at the Keshet Center for the Arts.

Romania’s Ministry of Culture brings Keshet’s Artistic Director to Bucharest to speak with government officials and arts leaders regarding Keshet’s unique arts initiatives and the creation of the Keshet Center for the Arts.

Keshet becomes an ambassador for City of Albuquerque’s Sister Cities Program, building arts and culture relationships with Rehovot, Israel.


Shira Greenberg, Keshet’s Founder and Artistic Director, is recognized as a Top-Performing CEO by New Mexico Business Weekly, honoring CEOs whose leadership has a positive impact on business and communities in New Mexico.


Keshet receives the Ethics in Business Award, recognizing only one non-profit organization within the state which demonstrates business excellence and the highest standards of ethical conduct, integrity, and civic and social responsibility.


Keshet is nationally recognized as one of 15 youth arts and humanities programs to receive the prestigious 2009 Coming Up Taller Award for its work with incarcerated youth at the Youth Diagnostic and Development Center (YDDC). The award is presented by the First Lady, Michelle Obama, at the White House.

Shira Greenberg, Keshet’s Founder and Artistic Director, receives the Governor’s Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women, recognizing 20 women within the State who have made exceptional contributions and achievements in improving the status of women in New Mexico.

Shira Greenberg receives the New Mexico Business Weekly’s Women of Influence Award, celebrating women who have made a difference in the community, blazed a trail and left a mark on New Mexico business.


The New Mexico State Legislature passes House Memorial 107 “to commend Keshet Dance Company on its dance programs, its educational and social curricula and its provision of mentorship relationships for incarcerated and paroled youth, all aimed at reducing juvenile recidivism rates.”


Keshet becomes one of only a handful of dance companies within the country to offer full-time employment and benefits to professional dancers and staff. [Only 5% -9% of dance companies in major metropolitan areas are able to pay salaries to their dancers – Dance/USA]Shira Greenberg is named one of New Mexico Business Weekly’s 40 Under Forty, recognizing 40 professionals under the age of 40 in the State of New Mexico who “stand out in their fields and are engaged in their communities making New Mexico a better place to live.”


Keshet is awarded the New Mexico Women’s Forum LEAP Award (Leadership, Empowerment and Advocacy Program), presented to only one non-profit organization within the State of New Mexico annually.


Keshet is one of only two recognized programs nationwide by the Peter F. Drucker Award for Non-Profit Innovation for innovative programming – “creating a new dimension of performance and changing people’s lives.”

January 25 (FBG) – Keshet Board and Staff is restructured to insure a focus on mission and programming.


Keshet is awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Keep the Dream Alive Award by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Council, Inc. for “creating an environment where the medium of dance is used to build cross-cultural and social bridges to every aspect of society.”


Keshet receives the Albuquerque Arts Alliance’s Bravo Award for Excellence in Dance, determined by public nomination and peer review.

Keshet moves to 214 Coal, which will become its home for the next 13 years.

Keshet receives the National Bravo Network’s “2000 Smart Start – National Arts in Education Award,” awarded by the Bravo Network to only four arts organizations within the United States.


The “Keshet Center for the Arts” business plan is written, mapping the future plans for the organization.


Shira Greenberg discovers the 214 Coal property for lease and begins bugging the realtor, which will continue for the next 3 ½ years, until Keshet finally gets to move into that property.

Keshet premieres Shira Greenberg’s Nutcracker on the Rocks at Rodey Theater, with a dedicated cast of 13 dancers, some crazy crew members, and a whole lot of shenanigans.

Land Acknowledgement


Land Acknowledgement

At Keshet, we believe that one of the roles of the arts is to make visible that which others have tried to make invisible. We also believe that it is not the responsibility of those whom others have attempted to make invisible to remind us that they are still here. 

 Therefore, as a committed ally and as artists, Keshet Dance and Center for the Arts wishes to acknowledge and recognize the Indigenous people and place where we stand, and the traditional, contemporary, and future lands of the Pueblo, Ancestral Pueblo, Navajo, Apache, and other Indigenous peoples who have had, and will have, a presence in New Mexico and who have in the past, and will in the future, travel this land. 

We give gratitude to the land itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations. 

We pay our respects and honor their ancestors past, present, and future, and recognize their continued existence and contributions to our society.

We would also like to acknowledge the many peoples who did not arrive on this land by choice. We welcome everyone, however you arrived here, in this space, today and always.

Please take a moment to honor these ancestral grounds, to reflect on the complicated history of these lands which we gather on today, and to celebrate the resilience and strength of the peoples of these lands.


Thank you to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Tricklock Company, and the New England Foundation for the Arts / National Dance Project for their contributions to the development of this statement.

Contact Us

Contact Us

Keshet Center for the Arts
4121 Cutler Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
505.224.9808 / info@KeshetArts.org

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