Engaging with contemporary art is a great way to encourage students to connect with the world around them and helps develop creative and critical thinking skills. 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: engagement/observation and discussion. For K-12th grade students, engagement/observation with the art is facilitated by a docent who asks students to describe the art they see. Students are taught new vocabulary and are provided with opportunities to use the words they learn in a discussion as they express their own interpretations and opinions of the art in the exhibit. While each exhibit offers different themes, techniques, and ways of looking, some typical discussion questions include:
How does the artwork tell a story?
How does the artwork connect to what is going on in our own lives? How does seeing and interacting with art help us to think about what is going on around us?
What is art? Why do artists make the choices they make? How does the artist connect us with contemporary issues and ideas?
Tours may be scheduled 9am through 5pm, Tuesday through Saturday, and generally, last 45 - 60 minutes.
Request a tour.
516 Central Avenue SW, Albuquerque, NM 87106
Donations are graciously accepted.
Educational tours are free but must be scheduled in advance. Tours are available Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-5pm on a first come first served basis.
Most First Fridays, 5-8pm during Albuquerque’s 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.
• Visitors are not permitted to touch artwork, frames, pedestals, or cases.
Many artworks are very fragile, and even gentle touches can damage an object over time.
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, non-commercial 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