blockpartyACTIVITY: Cross Pollination at the Downtown Block Party

2nd St. between Lead & Coal, Albuquerque


Everyone joined in on the fun at the Downtown Block Party, an outdoor festival of arts and culture on Saturday, September 16,  on 2nd Street in Downtown Albuquerque. The Downtown Block Party was at this location for the second year. It became a tradition starting in 2012 established by 516 ARTS where it was held for several years on Central Avenue. The annual Downtown Block Party is unique in its particular emphasis on arts programming and collaboration among arts organizations. This year’s line-up included programming from 516 ARTS, Axle Contemporary, The Orpheum Arts Space, Rock 101, The Sanitary Tortilla Factory and Warehouse 508.

Joseph Toledo of Jemez Pueblo, who arranged Jemez Pueblo youth dancers to perform as part of 516 ARTS’ Cross Pollination activities at the block party, said, “Our local Jemez Day School dance group called the Little Eagle Drum Group will be performing the Butterfly Dance, which holds all pollination properties. In dance, song, and attire, the significance of the dance pollinates all living mother earth existence. Without pollination, nothing grows.”

Music by local musicians including the teen girl band Hiss with Rock 101 and Space Blanket with Warehouse 508. Local crafts and artisan products presented by Moonlight Market. And enjoy craft beer and cider, food trucks, and a variety of games including pool tables, badminton, and pinball.

The Sanitary Tortilla Factory and Sidetrack Brewing were the lead presenters of the Downtown Block Party, in partnership with 516 ARTS, Downtown Albuquerque MainStreet /Downtown Arts & Cultural District and the following businesses: Tractor Brewing Company, A Good Sign, HomeWise and Gertrude Zachary.

Sheri Crider, owner of The Sanitary Tortilla Factory and lead organizer of the event, said, “I really enjoy bringing people together, especially people who might not ever meet under different circumstances. The hope with this event is that the activities will bring people to downtown who might not normally venture this direction and allow them to interact and come together in new ways.”

Downtown Block Party Activities Include:

Hiss, Kevin Herig with Rock 101 
Jemez Pueblo Little Eagle Drum Group - Butterfly Dance - presented by 516 ARTS 
Space Blanket with Warehouse 508

Cross Pollination activities with 516 ARTS
Steve Barry: Wave, an exhibit inside the gallery at the Sanitary Tortilla Factory
Text & Image: Playing with Haiga, an exhibit in Axle Contemporary Mobile Gallery
Open Artists’ Studios inside the Sanitary Tortilla Factory
Live Painting with Warehouse 508

Artisan Market curated by Moonlight Marketing

Badminton • Jenga • Corn Hole • Pinball • Billiards

The Supper Truck • Sidetrack Brewing • Tractor Brewing

About The Sanitary Tortilla Factory
In 2016, SCA Contemporary Art gallery and studios moved to the newly renovated, historic, commercial space at 401 2nd Street SW in downtown Albuquerque. The venture is focused on creating platforms for community and artists. It houses artists’ studios, a contemporary art gallery, and a sculpture residency program. The building is the site of the former M & J’s Sanitary Tortilla Factory, a beloved restaurant for over 30 years, which fed and supported artists through frequent exhibitions of local artists. The arts establishment kept the name, The Sanitary Tortilla Factory, to pay homage to the building’s history of nourishment and creativity.


This event was held in conjunction with Cross Pollination, an exhibit at 516 ARTS, curated by Valerie Roybal, on view August 19 - November 11, 2017.