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Wednesday March 15, 2023

Location: El Vado Motel

2:40 pm - 5:00 pm I Tour: Mezcla de Culturas | A Walking Tour of ABQ Sawmill District & Historic Old Town + Local Brew (limit of 12 people and $50.00 fee)
Leave El Vado Motel reception at 2:40pm
Difficulty Level: 1 Easy
Walking tour meets in the lobby of Hotel Albuquerque and ends at our H.I. Travel Hub inside Hotel Chaco. Guests can then continue on to Paxton’s at the Sawmill Market to enjoy a complimentary beverage.

“Mezcla de Culturas is Spanish for “the mix of cultures” and this immersive and enchanting two-hour walking tour celebrates the mixture of influences and cultures that make up the heart of Albuquerque’s 18th Century Historic Old Town. This tour is a shared journey where guests get a glimpse into Albuquerque’s past and still living history. During your walk, our discussion will focus on how Albuquerque has grown over the last three hundred years and bloomed into the city it is today.

 Next, you’ll visit the exciting Sawmill District. Originally occupied by the American Lumber Company, the Sawmill District is being re-envisioned and redeveloped into a vibrant and eclectic neighborhood. An up and coming area with loft-style housing, artist studios and mixed-use residential and commercial buildings; the new Sawmill District celebrates its industrial roots and attracts entrepreneurial thinking. Thereby, mixing an innovative trend toward urban living with New Mexico’s rich industrial past.

 On the Mezcla de Culturas tour, you’ll see the living history and mix of cultural traditions through the repurposing of old buildings invigorated with new life as well as celebrate the refined aged character of buildings that have existed here since the early 1700s. If you want to experience this interaction of cultures, art, architecture and history, then Albuquerque is the place and this tour is for you!”

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Self-guided tours of the University of New Mexico
These tours can be done at any time but Stephanie Beene has generously offered to be available between 4-6pm on Wednesday. To schedule a private tour of the Fine Arts & Design Library and Zimmerman Library with Stephanie Beene, Art, Architecture, and Planning Librarian at the University of New Mexico, please contact her at

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm I Welcome Happy Hour

Connect with fellow members during a cash bar happy hour at the Monterey Motel’s Momo Lounge (next door to El Vado), offering a full bar and selection of beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages. Food options are available from nearby partner restaurants.

Thursday, March 16, 2023

Location: El Vado Motel

7:30 am - 8:30 am | Coffee and bagels

8:45 am – 9:00 am | Welcome from AASL Conference Planning Chair/VP Ann Whiteside and President Jesse Vestermark 

9:00 am – 9:45 am | Keynote: Theodore Jojola; Introduced by Stephanie Beene

9:45 am - 10:00 am | break

10:00 am - 11 am I ABQ: N-S and E-W
Presenters: Gabriella Karl-Johnson, Audra Bellmore, Donatella Davanzo, David Senk

Moderator: Stephanie Beene

11:00 am - 12:00 pm I Collections
Presenters: Viveca Pattison Robichaud, Luke Leither, Margaret Smithglass

Moderator: Rebecca Price

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm I Lunch on your own

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm I Narratives
Presenters: Pamela Casey, Audra Bellmore, Jonna Paden, Carson Morris

Moderator: Chris Sala

2:15 pm - 3:00 pm I Students
Presenters: Tess Colwell, James Murphy, Jenna Rinalducci

Moderator: Corrine Kennedy

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm I break

4:00 pm - 9:00 pm I Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm I Transportation provided. Our own Gabriella Karl-Johnson will be ferrying us via van in groups of 15 people

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm I Museum and gallery open. Guided tour will begin around 5:30pm

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm I Group dinner at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in the Pottery & Private Ballroom catered by the Indian Pueblo Kitchen. The room has an exquisite pottery wall representing all 19 Pueblos of New Mexico. The private balcony provides breathtaking views of the Sandia Mountains.

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm I Transportation provided back to El Vado Motel

Friday, March 17, 2023

Location: El Vado Motel

7:30 am - 8:30 am | Vendor Showcase with Coffee and Bagels

We will view pre-recorded 7-minute vendor presentations followed by a question and answer period. Vendors include AMAG magazine, Art & Architectural ePortal, OnArchitecture, The Plan Magazine, and Urban Next.

8:45 am – 9:30 am | Materials
Presenters: Mark Pompelia, Ann Whiteside, Bradley Johnston, Kasia Leousis

9:30 am – 10:15 am | Library Spaces
Presenters: David Eifler, Corinne Kennedy, Shannon Marie Robinson

Moderator: Jenna Rinalducci

10:15 am - 10:30 am | break

10:30 am - 11:15 am I Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
Presenters: Catherine Hartup, Maggie Portis, Alisha Rall, Ellen Urton, Barret Havens

Moderator: Ann Baird

11:15 am- 12:00 pm I Routes of the Mind
Presenters: Kai Alexis Smith, Stephanie Beene, Lynn Kawaratani, Jill Chisnell

Moderator: Katie Pierce Meyer

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm I Lunch on your own

1:00 pm- 2:00 pm I Jessica Roybal

2:00-2:45 | Drifters Car Club (Outside El Vado)

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm I AASL Membership Meeting & Breakout Discussion

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm I Fireside Chat and Brain Break
Decompress after day two of programming with an activity of your choice

Saturday, March 18, 2023

Location: El Vado Motel

8:00 am - 9:00 am | Avery Index Focus Group
By invite only.

9:00 am – 9:15 am | break

9:15 am – 10:45 am | The Journal Debate
Presenters: Sara Schumacher, Barbara Opar, Lucy Campbell, Rose Orcutt

10:45 am - 11:45 am | break

11:45 am- 5:30 pm | Tour: Salinas Pueblo Missions (limit of 20 people and $50.00 fee)
Leave El Vado Motel parking lot at 12 noon
Difficulty Level: 2

Tucked away in the middle of New Mexico you’ll find Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument.  Its three distinct sites offer a glimpse into a unique time in history—a time entrenched with cultural borrowing, conflict and struggles. These sites continue to stand as reminders of the Spanish and Pueblo peoples’ early encounters and prompt exploration of today’s interactions among different people. [from the website].

We will be visiting two of the three sites: Abó and Quarai. Please follow the links for specific descriptions and images. These are breathtaking places to see in person!

Travel will be by mini-coach as a group, and it will be a full afternoon. There will be about 2 1/2 hours total on the bus in addition to the walking tours outlined in the schedule below. On-site walking trails at the two sites are mostly flat and total about 1 1/2 miles, so everyone will need comfortable, sturdy walking shoes. Participants should have lunch before departure and plan to bring water and any snacks for the afternoon as there will be no opportunity to purchase these items. There are restrooms at both sites.

Tentative schedule:

12:00-1:15 pm - travel to Abó

1:15 - 2:00 pm - self-guided tour

2:00 - 2:30 pm - travel to Quarai

2:30 - 3:30 pm - guided tour by park ranger

3:30 - 4:00 pm - time for personal exploration/photography

4:00 - 5:30 pm - travel time back to El Vado

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