tART: temporary art in downtown public places is a Downtown Action Team & MainStreet initiative, in collaboration with ArtsCrawl and Creative Albuquerque, to bring temporary art to underutilized sites throughout the Downtown area. Such sites include, but are not limited to, Tinnin Art Park, the KiMo Theatre gallery, 100 Gold Avenue, and other vacant and underutilized storefront sites as well as operational businesses and organizations. The purpose of the project is threefold: to provide year-round support of artists, existing art programs and events; promote a regular art activity which gives people a reason to linger downtown; and activate underutilized spaces and places that could benefit from increased visitation. Interested artists and parties can review our Call for Artists. We appreciate your submission.
We launched our Pop-Up Initiative in the Summer of 2013, and have since hosted four pop-up shops to local artists, crafters, businesses, and entrepreneurs. We have activated a storefront that has been empty for years with energy, art, products, & people; increased pedestrianization; and helped spur the local Downtown economy. Our program is still running strong due to your interest, your hard work, your enthusiasm, and your support! Help us continue to deliver exciting & innovative pop-up shops to Downtown Albuquerque. Shop local! Submit a one page application with your idea (project, brand, product and photos) and if selected, we’ll help match you with a great, rent-free retail or gallery space. This project is on-going and evolving. Follow us @PopUpABQ for frequent updates, shop openings, and more. View our Standards Package for floor plans, display requirements, and more.