Internship & Volunteering


516 ARTS is offering internship opportunities for hands-on experience working in a non-profit, non-collecting contemporary art museum. We are seeking motivated individuals of all backgrounds, identities, and abilities. Interns will be required to work 150 hours over the semester, for a minimum of 10 hours/week.

We offer internships in five different Focus Areas, each with different core responsibilities:

1. Curatorial Research

The intern in Curatorial Research will engage and support curatorial processes for current and upcoming exhibitions and will work closely with the Exhibitions Manager. The position involves researching artists, curators, and presenters for exhibitions and programming; compiling information about artists’ biography, practice, and artworks; participating in studio visits, researching and helping to develop proposals for exhibitions and initiatives; helping maintain an organized archive of previous exhibitions.

2. Fundraising and Events

The Fundraising and Events intern will assist the Development Coordinator in development efforts, including managing the donor database and mailings, implementing the membership program and donor benefits, planning and supporting donor cultivation events, and researching grants and funding sources. The intern will also participate in aspects of event organization including invitations, and logistics such as catering, entertainment, space, set-up, etc.

3. Marketing and Social Media

The Marketing and Social Media internship will focus on marketing and promotion, including updating the website, creating and planning social media posts and e-news efforts, and designing and producing print and digital materials. The intern will work with all staff members, creating communication for a variety of audiences.

4. Education & Outreach

The intern in Education and Outreach will assist the Educator Coordinator with recruiting schools and community groups, leading tours, researching and preparing study packets and educational curricula for exhibitions, developing strategies for outreach and programming events, and analyzing and archiving surveys.

5. Videography

The Videography intern will support the organization’s efforts to document exhibitions and events as well as profile artists and activities relating to our exhibitions. The position will include creating visual and audio resources and developing content to be used for education, promotion, and fundraising purposes. Content will include interviews and studio visits with artists and speakers out in the field as well as in our venue. Candidates should have access to audio-video equipment.

Internship Benefits include:

Hands-on experience in a non-profit contemporary art space;

Course credits (if agreed with Teaching Institution);

Free day parking in Downtown Albuquerque;

Memberships to the North American Reciprocal Museum Association (;

Choice of one catalogue or other 516 publication;

Series of meetings with 516 ARTS staff members to learn more about the different professional figures involved in a contemporary art museum;

Networking opportunities with artists, speakers, and curators.

Reference for future applications at the completion of the internship.

Applications material:

Please send all the following material to (Subject: Internship Application)

• Resume

• Two professional references (names and contacts)

• Cover letter

Make sure your letter includes the following information:

Why you want to intern for 516 ARTS;

Which department you are interested in;

What your schedule availability would be and how many hours per week.

We have three internship cycles over the year. For 2020 the dates are:

SPRING: January 13 – May 15

SUMMER: May 18 – August 14

FALL: August 17 – December 11

Application deadlines:

For the SPRING: December 16th

For the SUMMER: April 20th

For the FALL: July 20th


Contact Viola Arduini, Education and Outreach Coordinator:


516 ARTS is always looking for volunteers and also offers internships for students and people of all ages interested in getting hands-on experience working with a busy non-profit arts organization. We are seeking volunteers to assist with daily gallery operations, special events, installation of exhibitions and meeting the demands of our growing arts education program.

If you are an artist, art student, art educator, or anyone with an interest in art, call 505-242-1445 or email

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Contemporary Art for Everyone

516 ARTS is a nonprofit, contemporary art museum in the center of Downtown Albuquerque that celebrates thought-provoking art in the here and now. Our mission is to connect contemporary artists and diverse audiences. 516 ARTS presents relevant exhibitions and public programs, which feature a mix of local, national, and international artists and inspire curiosity, risk-taking and creative experimentation.

Founded in 2006, 516 ARTS engages with timely themes such as the environment, immigration, and the north/south axis of cultural exchange with a focus on Latin America. Our public programs include collaborations with museums and organizations around the region and beyond, public art projects, guest speakers, public forums, the 516 WORDS literary series, workshops, performances and special events. Education programs include exhibition tours for schools and community groups with curriculum support materials for teachers, youth activities, and hands-on workshops with guest artists.

In 2016, 516 ARTS was selected as a partner in the Regional Regranting Program of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. 516 ARTS launched the Fulcrum Fund, an annual, competitive grant program providing funding directly to artists for artist-organized activities in our region.

516 ARTS is committed to providing a dynamic, creative and inspiring space where individuals can gather to discuss, explore and learn about contemporary art and relevant issues and topics of our day. We foster inclusivity in core aspects of our exhibitions and public programming, as well as in our staffing and work environment. We strive to create experiences that are welcoming, relevant and accessible to people of diverse backgrounds. We seek to be active participants in celebrating the diversity in our community, while exploring topics such as socio-economic class, education, the environment and immigration. We continually evaluate our programming, exhibitions and staffing in relation to our goals of enhanced audience engagement and the reflection of diverse perspectives. We do not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, gender identity, religious affiliation or national origin and believe that our unique differences, ideas, preferences and perspectives contribute to a rich, vibrant and meaningful fabric that unites us all.

Board of Directors


  • Danny Lopez, Chair
    Arts & Culture Consultant

  • Suzanne Sbarge, President
    Founder/Executive Director, 516 ARTS

  • Mark Rohde, FAIA, Vice President,
    RMKM Architecture PC

  • Rebecca Black, Treasurer/Secretary
    Former FSO, US Government

  • Pamela Cheek
    Associate Provost for Curriculum & Assessment, University of New Mexico

  • Larry Gernon
    MD, Physician, VA Hospital & Former FSO, US Government

  • Kathleen Metzger
    Vice President, Southwest Neurosurgical Associates

  • Tim Price
    PNM Foundation

  • Lauren Tresp
    Publisher, The Magazine

  • Tonya Turner Carroll
    Co-owner, Turner Carroll Gallery

  • Dora Wang
    Author, Psychiatrist, Historian


  • Juan Abeyta, Education Director, Center of Southwest Culture
  • Michael Berman, Artist, Environmental Activist
  • David Campbell, Director, City of Albuquerque Planning Department
  • Mark Chavez, CEO, Lens
  • Andrew Connors, Director, Albuquerque Museum
  • Ray Dewey, Arts Supporter
  • Melinda Frame, Filmmaker, FRAME+WORK, LLC
  • Idris Goodwin, Playwright, Drector, Orator & Educator / Artistic Director, Stage One Family Theater, Louisville, KY
  • Tom Guralnick, Executive Director, Outpost Performance Space
  • Deborah Jojola, Artist
  • Jane Kennedy, Fundraising Consultant
  • Arif Khan, Director, UNM Art Museum
  • Diana K. McDonald, PhD, Art Historian
  • Brian McMath, Assistant Attorney General, NM Office of the Attorney General
  • Jenny McMath, Chief Operating Officer, Contract Associates
  • Elsa Menéndez, Performing Arts, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Executive Artistic Core, Tricklock Company
  • Marla Painter, Community Organizer
  • Andrea Polli, Artist, Professor, UNM College of Fine Arts & School of Engineering
  • Henry Rael, Program Officer, McCune Charitable Foundation
  • Mary Anne Redding, Curator, Turchin Center for Visual Arts, NC
  • Rick Rennie, Historic District Improvement Company
  • Augustine Romero, Artist, City of Albuquerque, KiMo Theatre & South Broadway Cultural Center
  • Sommer Smith, MediaDesk, Co-founder & Creative Director
  • Claire Stasiewicz, Adjunct Professor of International Management, UNM
  • Arturo Sandoval, President, VOCES, Inc. & Center of Southwest Culture
  • Rob Strell, Strell Design

Staff & Consultants


  • Suzanne Sbarge, Executive Director
  • Claude Smith, Exhibitions & Fulcrum Fund Manager
  • Mackensie Lewis, Development Coordinator
  • Viola Arduini, Education & Outreach Coordinator


  • Joni Thompson, Bookkeeper
  • Jane Kennedy, Development Associate
  • Ian Jones, Preparator
  • Mandy Funchess, Schlenker & Cantwell, Auditor
  • Caroline Blaker, Petroglyph Creative, Web Presence