about us

The Keshet Story 

Founded in 1996, Keshet is an Albuquerque-based nonprofit which exists to inspire and unite community by fostering unlimited possibilities through dance, mentorship and a creative space for the arts. Uniting the arts, the artist and the audience, Keshet invites you to engage, experience and be inspired through bold explorations of movement and celebrations of community.  

Located at Keshet Center for the Arts, all of Keshet’s programming is based on the core values of inclusion, authenticity, excellence, opportunity, fluidity and personal growth.

Global to Local; Local to Global 

Exchanging contemporary dance through:

  • Keshet International Dance Residencies and Events Year round programming of performances, master classes, shindigs, gatherings, and makers space with international and national visiting contemporary dance artists at the Keshet Center for the Arts; bringing global to local.
  • Keshet New Dance Works – Creation and Touring (Keshet Dance Company) New works created for and with Keshet by local, national, and international choreographers; created locally, toured globally.

The Business of Art

Advancing the arts economy through:

  • Keshet Ideas and Innovation Community (KIIC, pronounced “kick”) A business incubator and resource programming for arts entrepreneurs; championing the value of the artist and the arts economy.
  • Makers Space and Residency Opportunities Multiple residency formats supporting performing artists at the Keshet Center for the Arts.

Intersection of Arts & Justice

Moving life’s narrative through:

  • Movement + Mentorship = Metamorphosis (M3) Keshet’s M3 Program uses the vehicle of dance to engage, educate, and empower incarcerated and paroling youth and young adults.
  • Arts & Justice Network (AJN) New Mexico’s network of community partners,  launched and managed by Keshet, to support system-impacted youth within the full juvenile justice continuum via the arts. The Network focuses on direct services & professional development/peer learning, research & evaluation, and youth driven policy/advocacy initiatives, supporting local and national juvenile justice reform.
  • Movement for Mercy co-created performance installations with system-impacted youth; including residencies and partnerships throughout the U.S.

Community Dance Education & Performance

Propelling movement in excellence, personal groupth, inclusion, authenticity, fluidity and opportunity, through:

  • Community Dance Classes Everyone should dance! Keshet classes are available to all levels, ages, and abilities from beginner to professional; from age 2 to 102.  To insure these classes are truly available to all, Keshet offers an unlimited, non-competitive scholarship program for dancers under 18 years old, and a Work/Study trade program for dancers 18+.
  • Mixed Ability/Adaptive Dance Insuring that dance programming is available and accessible to all dancers, including dancers and choreographers with differing physical and/or developmental abilities.
  • Keshet Pre-Professional Education (KP3) Comprehensive programming for students to pursue focused training in dance technique, choreography, performance and/or technical theater; preparing them for a career and/or higher education in their fields of interest.
  • Community Engagement Programming Includes the Title I Homeless Project, DEA Dance Project, and many other community partnerships.
  • Community Performance Series Highlighting the talent of our local and regional community, Keshet’s Community Performances have included Nutcracker on the Rocks, Alice, Winter and Spring Dance Concerts, Choreographers’ Showcases, and more!

Keshet Dance Company is a 501 c3 non-profit and have been in good standing since 1996. Our EIN number is 85-0436623.


Staff Directory

Shira Greenberg, Founder and Artistic Director:  Shira@KeshetArts.org

Adrian Moore Trask, Director of Business Advancement:  Adrian@KeshetArts.org

Ana Lopes Arechiga, Director of Porgramming: Ana@KeshetArts.org

Lindsay Shettlesworth, Human Resources Director:  Lindsay@KeshetArts.org

Joni Thompson, Finance Director:  Joni@KeshetArts.org

Monica Ross, Full Charge Bookkeeper: Monica@KeshetArts.org

Sophia Phillips, M3 Education Director: Sophia@KeshetArts.org

Alyssa Lopez, M3 Youth Advisor

Emily Dunkin, Database Manager:  Emily@KeshetArts.org

Carolyn Tobias, Communications Director:  Carolyn@KeshetArts.org

Sarah Gonzales, Pre-Professional Education Director: Sarah@KeshetArts.org

Marissa Reynolds, Community Resource Manager (+ Volunteers): Marissa@KeshetArts.org

Alissa Trujillo, Community Operations Manager:  Alissa@KeshetArts.org

Sebrena Figueroa, Box Office Manager:  Sebrena@KeshetArts.org

Diana MacNeil, Costumer: Diana@KeshetArts.org

Lara Segura, Youth Leader Program Manager: Lara@KeshetArts.org

Jaden Adeyemi, Youth Leader

Emani Brooks, Youth Leader

Juliana Gorena, Youth Leader

Paul Cuffee, Tech & Facilities Manager:  Paul@KeshetArts.org

Eddie Carrion, Tech & Facilities Support

Company Dancers:

Ana Lopes Arechiga, Ana@KeshetArts.org

Sonia Bologa, Sonia@KeshetArts.org

Lara Segura, Lara@KeshetArts.org

Teaching Faculty:

Ana Lopes Arechiga
Sarah Bennett
Sonia Bologa
Sonya Garcia
Sadie Gelb
Sarah Gonzales
Nichole Goodmann
Shira Greenberg
Diana MacNeil
Sophia Phillips
Marissa Reynolds
Lara Segura
Lindsay Shettlesworth
Alana Tobias
Adrian Moore Trask

Substitute Teachers:

Samantha Archuleta
Peter Bennett
Alisa Damolt
Angel Gomez
Gabriel Gonzales
Sarah Groth
Marta Lichlyter
Shane Montoya
Corey Nagel
Jake Sheets

Board of Directors

Board President: 

Tom Wolinski, Fiasco Fine Wine

Immediate Past Board President:

Randy Trask, New Mexico Trade Alliance

Board Vice President:

Manuel Montoya, Associate Professor of International Management and Global Structures / Chair of Creative EnterpriseUNM Anderson School of Management


Randy Trask, New Mexico Trade Alliance


Sean Herring, Senior International Business Regulatory Affairs Analyst, Sandia National Laboratories

Members at Large:

Toni Balzano

Arlyn Crow, Adams + Crow Law Firm

Dovya Friedman, Utility Agency

Shira Greenberg, Founder & Artistic Director, Keshet

Liz Groth, Nurse, Presbyterian Health Care

Amanda Spinney, Sandia National Laboratories 

Amy Stangel, Hanseatic Management Services






  • City of Albuquerque, Urban Enhancement Trust Fund
  • Jewish Federation of New Mexico
  • New Mexico Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts
  • National Endowment for the Humanities and the New Mexico Humanities Council
  • Nusenda Foundation
  • Sandia Foundation’s Hugh and Helen Woodward Fund of the Albuquerque Community Foundation
  • Wells Fargo


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.”

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

Producers ($10,000+)

Albuquerque Community Foundation


Bernalillo County – Board of County Commissioners

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico

Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation

Elizabeth Lonergan, PT, DPT*

Mid-Region Council of Governments (MRCOG)*

Peacock Law P.C.*

PNM Resources Foundation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

United Way of Central New Mexico

Vintage Albuquerque


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

Hampton Inn*

New Mexico Arts

Osteostrong Albuquerque Midtown*

Sandia Foundation’s Hugh and Helen Woodward Fund of the Albuquerque Community Foundation

Southwest Capital Bank

Stephen and Kristine Wade

Wray & Girard, P.C.


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

City of Albuquerque – Urban Enhancement Trust Fund

Robert and Janet Ford

Nina Freer Photography*

Mickey Greenberg*

Mark Hartman

Nusenda Credit Union Foundation

Positive Energy Solar

Miriam Rand


Wells Fargo Community Foundation

Wray Law PC


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

Albuquerque Academy

Pat Berrett Photography*

Lani and James Casady

Granberg Law

Green Jeans Farmery

Jewish Federation of New Mexico

Lovelace Health System

Midtown Sports & Wellness*

Maria Montoya Chavez and Leland Chavez

Lee and Kenneth Moore

Yashoda Naidoo

New Mexico Bank and Trust

New Mexico Dancewear*

OGB Architectural Millwork

Bradley Peterson

Jennifer Moore Plane

Presbyterian Healthcare Services

Red Rock Roasters*

Stephen Rehnberg and Susan Burgener

Sadie’s of New Mexico

Southwest Mail Center*

Terry Swack and Louis Weitzman


Principals ($500-$999)

Chocolate Properties LLC Real Estate Consultants

Cravens Law LLC

Arlyn Crow and Sam Adams

ExplorAbilities Therapy Center

Dan Gelb

Veronica and Roy Goforth*~

Kelly Jo Designs/Kelly Jo Designs by Wine*

KidPower Therapy Associates PC

Michael McCall

Beth Mohr and Janet McHard

Adrian Moore Trask and Nathaniel Trask~

mOTivating Access*

Mary Anne Newhall*

Deborah Peacock and Nate Korn

Brad Raisher and Melissa Freeman

Selina Sarmiento

Southwest Composites

Stone Age Climbing Gym*

Sunny 505

Sutin, Thayer & Browne, P.C.

Lauren Tresp*

VMWare Foundation

Stephanie and Anthony Williams

Thomas Wolinski*~

In Honor of all Keshet’s staff, students, and volunteers, who all make it such a special place.

Cristian and Elvine Bologa*

In Memory of Kristie Brown, “Do what you can to make the world a better place.”

Donald Cole

In Honor of Sean Grathwol

Colleen Grathwol & Scott Ferguson

In Honor of Sarah Groth and Michelle Groth

John and Liz Groth*


Ensemble Members ($100-$499)

Abogado Elias

Harold and Carole Albert

American General Media*

Anthony Anella


Toni Balzano and Johnny Chandler

Nicole Barela*

Stanley and Judith Bechtol

Judith Bennahum

David Bernstein and Erika Rimson

Burt & Company CPAs, LLC

Calibers Shooters Sports Center*

Carroll Strategies

Charles Stephen and Company, Inc.

Isaac Chavez

Regina Chavez Puccetti and Dan Puccetti

Judith Chazin-Bennahum and David Bennahum*

Chello Grill

Theresa Palmer and Kurt Christopher

Harry and Terry Cohen

Costco Wholesale Corporation

Julia Coyte

Phil Crosby*

Carolyn Dorfman

Encuentro, Inc.*

Maggie English and Alan Mason

Fiasco Fine Wine LLC

Sebrena Figueroa

Jennifer Fischer

Dorothy Garcia*

Alyssa Girard*

Jim and Ann Gosack

Barbara Greenberg

Guitar Vista

Nancy Hazelman

Jennifer and Lawrence Herrera*

Vidal Herrera

Ari and Sean Herring

Cindy Herring

Tobias Hoellrich

Home Depot – Los Lunas*

Anna Horst and Eberardo Lopez*

Bob Hume

Norty and Summers Kalishman

Chet and Mary Ellen Karnas

Patricia Katz

Richard Letscher and Shira Greenberg~

Trevor Lewis

Michael Maccini and Barbara Koenig

Julia Maccini

Bruce Malott and Marla Wood

Kathy McClendon

Miryam Miller

Miller’s Insulation and Fireproofing, Inc.

Manuel Montoya~

Jennie Negin and Harold Folley

Laura Nitsos

Elisa Paster

Janice and Stuart Paster

PTI Electrical Contractors

R & R Goforth Remodeling~

Andrew G. Rausch Memorial Fund

Jane and Russell Resnik

Eleasia and Michael Ross

Maureen Sanders

Ronna Schelby

Vanessa Shackleford*

Lindsay and Alan Shettlesworth

Slice Parlor

James and Joanne Smith

Mark and Donia Steele

Noell Stone

The Daily Grind*

Thrive Consulting

TLC Plumbing

Tami Trask

Kerry and Todd Trautwein

Sheldon and Leslie Weinstein

Anastacia Whiteman

Hugh and Barbara Witemeyer

Taylor and Katherine Wray

Paula Wynnyckyj

Heartland Payroll – Felicia Yates

Linda Zipp

In Memory of Ruth Kimler          

Kathleen Kimler Altobelli and Stephen Altobelli

In Honor of Sarah Williams Gonzales birthday  

Charlene and Roberto ‘Bobby’ Gonzales

In Honor of Carolyn Tobias         

Matt Jones

In Honor of Joshlyn Marino        

Cara Kerr

In Memory of Sheri Book

Sandra McDonald and Brian Tyree

In Honor of Lloyd Orr and Jackie Hall     

Lynne Orr

In Memory of Shira’s baubie, Alice Weitzman   

Nancy Smith

In Honor of Maria Montoya Chavez       

Brian and Amy Stangel

In Honor of Shira Greenberg

The Taylor-Wright Family

In Memory of Bonita Tooley      

Dean Tooley


Stagehands ($1-$99)

Boo Abrams

Cynthia Allison and Cari Kerkhoff

Amazon Smile


Anita and Edward Aranda*

Dana and Justin Ball*

Allison Barnes

Bianca Belmonte-Sapien*

Eljah Benavidez

Sandra Bertagna

Jacob Blatchford

Lorna Brau

Valeria de Jesus Brenes Rodriguez*

Jessie Buchanan

Shawnelle Buckley

Valerie Carley*

Lisa Chaney*

Fred and Bev Chapman

Karen and John Chimarusti

Sunny Chirieleison and Steven Hartman

Susan and Randy Cooper

Anne Cosbey

Michele and Richard Cravens

Crum & Forster Insurance

Christine Custer

Laurel Deans*

Natalie Defeo

Casey Deines*

Laura Devitt*

John Donahue

Dr. Jayne M Buttner, DDS MS PC

Kate Eaton

Barbara Egelman

Sarah Egelman and Dan Clark~

Epiphany Espresso*

Abraham and Linda Ettedgui

Elizabeth and Joseph Faulk*

Michel and Earl Faust

Paul Feil

Sheens Ferguson

Liz Frank

George Hausner and Dovya Friedman*

Colandra Gallegos-Ross and Evangelyn Ross

Leslie Garcia*

Mariah Garcia

Tamara Gardner

Melissa Garland

Cheryl Gibson

Kate Girard

Cesar Goni and Erin Fugate

Sarah and Marcos Gonzales*

Marla Gorena*

Ellen and Harley Greenberg

Paula and Elizabeth Guerrero*

Quang Ha

Dani Hall

Don Halter

Ronald Halter

Happy Bubbles Platinum Laundry Detergent*

Vanessa Haye

Gina Heise

Maria Hernandez

Emunah Herzog

Christian Hesch

Matthew Hess~

Jennifer and Kevin Hillsey

Perrianne Houghton

Diana Hunt

Paul Mastroianni and Patricia Idarula*

Jesse and Trista Jackson*

Angelique Jaramillo*

Jaynes Corporation

Linda Johnson

Jessica Jones*

Ashley Kalemba

Allison Keelin

Patricia Kenton and Phil Politz

Linda King

Robert and Liza Kittinger

Lisa Koffman


Paul and Denise Kuberry

Jocelyn Laredo

John Lawton

Heather Licini and Nathan Woodard

Karen Liebert*

Kyra Liebert

Donna Lisotto

Ana Lopes Arechiga and Cesar Lopes

Jo Ann Lovato

Donald and Vivian Lubin

Beth Lukes

Molly and Matt Lukes*

Mary Mackie

Douglas Madison

Alice Maechtlen

Stephen Maechtlen

Rosemary Maes

Yvonne Marcilla

Kenneth Mareko*

Sandra Marroquin-Evans and Marc Evans*

Virginia Marshall

Monica McComas*

Melissa McConnell-Hand

Kevin McMenemy and Monique Stotts*

Dulce Medina and Earnesto Madrano

Claudette and Enrique Montoya

Doug Moore

Joy and Boris Moquino*

Humberto Morales and Minerva Botancourt*

Larry and Roberta Muro

Heather and Andrew Muro*

Mark Nava

Sadie Nava

Mike Nix

Joletta Nix*

Sherrisse Noelle*

Sarah Obenshain*

Scott Obenshain

Steven O’Callaghan

Anabel Olivias

Maria Orozco*

LaCher Pacheco

Eunice Perez Martinez*

Aria Philips

Burt and Shirley Politz

Nataley Quintana

Rachel and Alex Rankin

Gloria Rayford Quezada*

Terra Reed

Sean and Marissa Reynolds

Albert and Bertha Rodriguez

William and Kattia Rojas*

Jade Rotonda

Fancy and Eugene Ruff-Wagner

Yvette S.

Sacred Wellness*

Dorothy Sanchez

Santa Fe Brewing – Green Jeans Taproom*

Jessica Schiffman*

Chris Schro

Meredith and Timothy Schwall*

Erin and Michael Session*

Becca Shafer

Tanya Shelton-Council*

Nicole Singh*

Larry Sklar and Alison Franks

Laura Slivinski

Nina and Alexander Smaragdas*

Alexandra Smith

Lydia Smith

Robert Smith

Stuart Smith

Dave and Jeanne Snodgrass

Blair Solon

Ana Stanley*

Cheyenne Starnes*

Maya Stefanovic

Andrew and Alexandria Steyer

Emily Stovel and William Whitehead*

Rosemarie Straughan

Martin Stupich and David Vaughan

Michelle Swallows

Raymond Sweetland

Erin Tarica and Owen Whooley

Janet Lynn and Darrell Taylor

Joni Thompson and Irene Urvanejo*

Emmy Tither*

Alana Tobias

Carolyn and Matthew Tobias~

Kristine Tollestrup

Trader Joe’s*

Alissa and Mat Trujillo*

Jenny Trujillo*

Simon and Wanda Tuck

Erica VanArsdale

Andrew and Susan Vance*

Jared Vasquez and Vanessa Apodaca*

Tim Wilkins

Jorgie Winsberg and Dennis Soto

Rachel Wiseman*

Jennifer Wolfe

Peninah Wolpo and Jesse Kimball*

Brianna Woods*

Lindsay Worthington

In Memory of Alice Weitzman  


In Honor of Tracy Erickson          

Lisa Seifert Weigelt

In Memory of Hayes Fuller         

Marilyn Fuller

In Honor of Mark Steele              

Travis Mills

Donors listed reflect donations made from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019. If your name was inadvertently left off this list, please accept our deepest apologies and inform us immediately.


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.

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


With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Keshet launches the Arts and Justice Network.

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 the invisible, visible. We also believe that it is not the responsibility of those who have been made 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 Pueblo, Ancestral Pueblo, Navajo, Apache, and other indigenous peoples who have had a presence in New Mexico and who have traveled 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.

Please take a moment to honor these ancestral grounds and celebrate the resilience and strength of the indigenous peoples of this land which we gather on today.

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.

February 3, 2020: 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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