The festival 

JUNE 15 - 22, 2019

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Jodie Herrera is a Northern New Mexican painter with Latina, Apache and Comanche ancestry. She has been an artist her whole life and started formally painting in 2011. Herrera received her BFA with honors from the University of New Mexico and currently resides in Albuquerque, where she works as a full time Artist and Curator. 

Herrera is currently focusing on two art projects. Herrera”s main project is locally based, where she creates semi-photorealistic figurative oil paintings portraying women that are going through or have persevered through trauma. Addiction, abuse and cancer are but some of these traumas. Herrera takes great care with each story, building personal and supportive relationship with each of her participants. Herrera then narrates their experiences using symbolism within her paintings and explains it with a write up that accompanies each piece. She strives to celebrate the beauty and resilience of these women and hopes they can provide inspiration for others. 

Women Across Borders, is an International Arts and Activism project. She specifically works with refugee and immigrant women and creates paintings that illustrate their personal journeys. She provides monetary and emotional support for all her participants and hopes to bring attention the issues they face and have overcome, as well as to educate and activate others around the subject.

Herrera’s ultimate goal is to to connect and uplift all women, while providing a platform for important issues around intersectional feminism. Herrera hopes her work can be a catalyst for positive change.

Herrera was awarded “Best Visual Artist of 2017” by Albuquerque The Magazine, and her art has been featured in such settings as The Art and History Museum of Santa Cruz, The Albuquerque Art and History Museum, The Anderson Museum of Contemporary Arts, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine(online), Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe, among many others.


Each June, the National Institute of Flamenco and the University of New Mexico host Festival Flamenco Alburquerque, bringing the finest flamenco artists in the world to Albuquerque. For eight days, the city is filled with the pulse of flamenco, and is transformed into a cultural epicenter for the art form. This tradition celebrates flamenco, the ancient form of artistic expression of the Spanish-Gypsy culture. The lure of flamenco is its ability to explore the full range of human emotion with an intense, vibrant quality that leaves audiences and students alike, captivated.

The purpose of this project is to preserve and promote flamenco's artistry, history, and culture among both national and international communities. While the presentation aspect is primarily cultivated for those seeking an aesthetic experience, the educational piece aims to promote unique and culturally relevant learning experiences for artistic practitioners, theorists, and newcomers.

The educational aspect of the festival include a series of over 30 workshops and lectures that address multiple aspects of flamenco, such as the history and development of the art form, dance and rhythmic sound patterns. These classes are available and designed for students of all ages and backgrounds, creating a multi-generational, diverse atmosphere that promotes excellence, knowledge, and personal growth.

By producing Festival Flamenco for 32 years, New Mexico is regarded as the center for flamenco in the United States, attracting over 5,500 students and patrons to this one-of-a-kind event, unparalleled in the quality of its scope and programming. Festival Flamenco  Alburquerque is the highest quality, most affordable option for flamenco aficionados and students to participate in as an exciting, visceral festival experience. A number of festivals celebrating the arts occur annually; it is the precision, vigilance, and cultural relevance in the vision of Festival Flamenco that causes it to stand out against others.

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