516 ARTS is an independent, nonprofit contemporary arts organization, operating a museum-style gallery in the center of Downtown Albuquerque. 516 ARTS offers programs that inspire curiosity, dialogue, risk-taking and creative experimentation, showcasing a mix of established, emerging, local, national and international artists from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Programs include exhibitions, collaborations with museums and organizations around the region and beyond, public art projects, talks, workshops, youth programs, performances and more.
Openings and events at 516 ARTS draw large, diverse crowds and generate excitement, dialogue and interaction among artists and the public. Schools and community groups visit the exhibitions for educational tours and activities throughout the exhibitions. 516 ARTS is known for its leadership of collaborations that have drawn national and international audiences and media coverage. 516 ARTS collaborates with an array of arts organizations, academic and civic institutions in our region and beyond, which expands the exposure of the artists we present as well as the reach and impact of our programs. Presenting partners include the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History, the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Outpost Performance Space and UNM Art Museum, among others.