The Performing Arts Center was officially opened in 2007 due to the hard work and countless hours of many state officials and community members. Construction of the center was made possible through legislative funding secured by Representative Sheryl Williams Stapleton and Governor Bill Richardson. After opening, Governor Richardson declared June 9, African American Performing Arts Center Day across New Mexico.


The mission of the African American Performing Arts Center and Exhibit Hall is to preserve, nurture and support the intellectual and cultural history of African Americans in New Mexico and the Southwest.


Our vision is to promote visual and performing arts that support African American Culture; and to sponsor scholastic and technological programs and projects that advance the research and preservation of the intellectual and cultural history of African Americans.


Our hardworking staff strives each day to make AAPAC better than the day before

Annette Caine

Executive Director

Annette has been the Executive Director of AAPAC for over 9 years. In that time she has dramatically increased the occupancy rate and versatility of the performing arts center. She brings a wealth of knowledge regarding administration and client relations to this position. When she is not at AAPAC, Annette enjoys spending time with her family and watching football!



James B. Lewis, Jr.

Building Operations Manager

James has been the building operations manager since its opening in 2007. With every passing year, James has developed an even greater skill set and grown more comfortable in his position. In addition to building operations, James is the head sound and lighting engineer for AAPAC. There are no tasks that James cannot tackle with ease.

Diane Hunter

Housekeeping / Usher

Diane is the resident ray of sunshine for AAPAC! In addition to her housekeeping duties, Diane is always happy to lend a helping hand or alight-hearted laugh to brighten anyone's day. Patrons who have been to the Performing Arts Center, know that they will always be greeted with a smile and a kind word whenever Diane is there!



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