Our History

The Zia Family Focus Center was started in 1991 as a joint effort by the Junior League of Albuquerque, our Community Board of Directors, and Albuquerque Public Schools. The multi-purpose building was completed in November of 1995. In addition to a first rate gymnasium, which doubles as a performance area for music, theater, assemblies and special presentations, the ZFFC also houses four auxiliary classrooms that are used for music, art and physical education during school hours, and for a comprehensive program of child and adult classes after school.

The after-school classes include art, ballet, karate, cooking, guitar, yoga, sewing, piano, basketball, salsa dancing, kid's fitness, belly dancing, and much, much more. Each semester brings a new menu of top-rate classes to the ZFFC taught by an ever-expanding list of extremely talented teachers.

"Mini-gyms" are being built at several other APS schools, but none has the invaluable component of classroom space and extended after-school programs like the ZFFC at Zia Elementary School. The Zia students and staff, led by local artist Lark Lucas, created a magnificent "generations" family tree mural out of clay and tile which is displayed on the exterior of the large east wall of the ZFFC.

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