ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — 516 ARTS is honored to announce that it has been awarded a prestigious national grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in New York for $100,000 – $50,000 a year for two years.
The primary focus of the Warhol Foundation’s grant-making activity has been to support the creation, presentation and documentation of contemporary visual art, particularly work that is experimental, under-recognized or challenging in nature. The program has been both proactive in its approach to the field of cultural philanthropy and responsive to the changing needs of artists.
A strong commitment to freedom of artistic expression led the foundation to play an active advocacy role for artists during the culture wars of the 1990s and continues to inform its support of organizations that fight censorship, protect artists’ rights and defend their access to evolving technologies in the digital age. The foundation’s grant-making activity is focused on serving the needs of artists by funding the institutions that support them.
Over the past eight years, 516 ARTS has blossomed into a major hub for the arts in New Mexico and a vital bright spot in Downtown Albuquerque’s revitalization process. Although this grant is an important piece of 516 ARTS’ budget, the organization said it still needs community support to continue its mission.
516 ARTS Executive Director Suzanne Sbarge says, “This multiyear grant is not only a tremendous help financially to our small nonprofit organization, but it is also a wonderful endorsement of our work and mission. It shows that the quality of our programs stands out on the national stage. I hope the news of this grant helps to convey to local businesses that 516 ARTS is a leading charitable organization that is well worth supporting. The work we do at 516 ARTS helps to make Albuquerque competitive with thriving cities around the country.”