516 ARTS operates a museum-style gallery in downtown Albuquerque, offering programs that inspire curiosity, dialogue, risk-taking and creative experimentation. They showcase a mix of established, emerging, local, national and international artists from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Programs include exhibitions, collaborations with museums and organizations, public art projects, the 516 WORDS literary arts series, lectures, public forums, workshops, youth programs, performances and special community arts events like the Downtown Block Party.
Openings and events draw large, diverse crowds and generate excitement, dialogue and interaction among artists and the public. Schools and community groups visit 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.