In 1996 the City of Gallup turned to the Southwest Indian Foundation for help, requesting that the Foundation take possession of the historic and newly renovated Sante Fe Depot, and turn the building into a cultural center for the larger community.
Our concept for the Cultural Center is modeled on the Public Square, where the community, school children, and visitors can gather together for forums, lectures, and celebrate the extraordinarily diverse heritages of our region.
Similarly, visitors from outside our community can also explore our museum and exhibets to learn more about the history and culture of the area.
This project is, in many ways, a dramatic departure from the works of the Foundation; However, SWIF recognizes that the ultimate solution to systematic poverty is economic development as well as instilling pride in the local communities.
You can visit the Gallup Cultural Center in downtown Gallup, New Mexico at 201 E. Highway 66.
You may also find more information on their website at www.gallupculturalcenter.org