Downturn Recasts National Hispanic Cultural Center

Albuquerque, New Mexico – ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRWG) The National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico is seeing decrease state support, a drop in foundation funding and recently had to close its onsite restaurant.

But Gary Romero, interim executive director of the center, said Monday the Albuquerque center is getting by with a smaller staff and more exhibits from New Mexico artists. He said attendance at performances is steady and the center is partnering more private groups to fund projects.

Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center isn't the only Latino arts facility to face financial woes due to the economic downturn.

In recent years, El Museo del Barrio in New York's East Harlem neighborhood and the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio, Texas have cut staff after seeing their budgets shrink and private support fall.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. KRWG