Fundraiser held for burned down studio

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque cultural icon got a helping hand Friday night in its effort to rise from the ashes.

A huge fire destroyed the National Institute of Flamenco on Gold Street downtown in early December.

On Friday, the neighboring ArtBar held a fundraiser in conjunction with another art group, Emerge Albuquerque. And it attracted a large crowd:

“They are a local treasure, so we decided to help them out. Their space burned down in December and we thought they are the perfect arts-related entity in Albuquerque that we want to support,” said Brendan Picker, co-founder of Emerge ABQ.

For now, the flamenco institute is holding classes at other locations.

Investigators still have not released the cause of the fire. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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