Educational Tours

Guest artist Vincent Valdez at 516 ARTS

Upcoming Exhibitions: 


Fires of Change

Landscapes of Life & Death

On view May 27 – July 22, 2017

Tours at 516 ARTS are an opportunity for a stimulating field trip and for teachers to reinforce APS Visual Arts Content Standards 2, 5 and 6. Our tours offer lessons related to the current exhibition, and teachers are welcome to request that tours be altered to better suit their needs. 

Tours at 516 ARTS are composed of two parts: engagment/observation and discussion. For K-5th grade students, engagement/observation with the art is facilitated by a docent who requires them to describe the art in detail. For 6th-12th grade students, engagement/observation is an activity or worksheet completed in small groups. Both groups are taught new vocabulary words and provided opportunities to use the new words in describing the art. Finally, both groups are lead in a discussion about their interpretations and opinions on the art in the exhibit. K-5th students are also provided some time at the end to draw with markers and pens.

Tours may be scheduled 9am through 5pm, Tuesday through Saturday, and generally last between 45 - 60 minutes.
Request a tour.

Education Materials

The educational materials provide educators with images and activities for the classroom before and after the visit or in place of a visit if students are unable to tour the gallery in person. The education materials meet APS standards 2, 3b, 4, 5, and 6B by developing students’ capacity to describe art, understand art in historical contexts, build vocabulary, and analyze, discuss and interpret Contemporary art.

The education materials include:
•  Downloadable PowerPoint presentation (also available as a PDF) with images and label information for the artwork in the current exhibition
•  Curator's statment, when available
•  Vocabulary terms
•  Discussion questions for the classroom
•  Hands-on activity or art project for the classroom, when applicable
•  Student activity sheet used during the tour 

View and download the DECADE exhibition education materials (PDF)
Download the DECADE exhibition education materials (PowerPoint)
View and download "Looking at Art," the student activity sheet used during the tour (PDF)
View and download "How to Read a Label" (PDF)

Information & Scheduling:

For more information or to schedule an educational tour, please contact us at 505-242-1445 or email Paige Taylor, Programs & Education Coordinator at
Request a tour with our online form.

During Your Visit:

516 ARTS
516 Central Avenue SW, Albuquerque, NM 87106

Admission: FREE
Donations are graciously accepted.

Educational tours are free but must be scheduled in advance. Tours are available Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-5pm

Regular Hours:
Tuesday-Saturday, 12-5pm
Most First Fridays, 5-8pm during Albuquerque's monthly ARTSCrawl. Please call to confirm dates: 505-242-1445.
Closed during installations.

Chaperones and their Responsibilities:
One adult chaperone per ten students is required at all times. Chaperones are responsible for students’ conduct and adherence to gallery etiquette for appropriate behavior.

Gallery Etiquette:

•  Visitors are not permitted to touch artwork, frames, pedestals, or cases. etiquitte signs
   Many artworks are very fragile, and even gentle touches can damage an object overtime.
   Help us preserve these important art objects now and for the future.

•  Please use low, indoor, voices when inside the gallery.   
   In many cases there will be other people visiting the gallery at the same time and we ask that
   all our visitors be respectful to one another so that all visitors enjoy their experience at 516 ARTS.

•  Still photography is permitted at 516 ARTS for private, noncommercial use. 
   The use of flash photography and/or tripods is prohibited at all times.
   If you post a photo on social media, don’t forget to tag it #516arts.

•  Please leave all food, drinks, backpacks, and large bags at the front desk.


Image above: Guest artist Vincent Valdez with group of students at 516 ARTS