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The Sawmill Center for the Arts will be a place for all to experience, share, and learn about the arts. Located in the vibrant Sawmill  District, it will:


  • Present the highest quality arts activities

  • Nurture diverse artists & audiences 

  • Facilitate inclusive community 


  • Reinforce the importance of art & music

  • Connect Albuquerque with the rest of the world

  • Be a resource for generations of artists & audiences


  • Support artists & arts businesses 

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The Center will exist within Albuquerque's historic Sawmill District adjacent to Old Town on land owned by the Sawmill Community Land Trust.


Sawmill Center, Inc. is a newly formed 501(c)3 organization established to serve as a support organization for 516 ARTS and Outpost Performance Space at the Sawmill Center for the Arts. It will manage the arts center portion of the Sawmill Center for the Arts and operate its community spaces, as well as lease the arts facilities to 516 ARTS and the Outpost Performance Space.

516 ARTS

Since 2006, 516 ARTS has provided world-class exhibitions and public programs, arts education for schools, and leadership of large-scale collaborations. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and Albuquerque’s only museum dedicated to contemporary art, it will operate the visual arts facilities at the Sawmill Center for the Arts.


The Outpost Performance Space has been presenting jazz, experimental music, international music, folk and roots music, spoken word, and more since 1988. As Albuquerque’s nonprofit, member- supported, community-based performing arts center, the Outpost Performance Space will operate the performing arts facilities at the Sawmill Center for the Arts.


Palindrome is the developer of Sawmill District's existing housing, the Ponderosa Brewery, the National Institute of Flamenco mixed use building. PacificCap will finance and manage the housing at the Sawmill Center for the Arts, and will build both the housing and the arts center.


Incorporated in 1994, the Sawmill Community Land Trust is a 501(c)3 nonprofit membership organization that owns and holds land “in trust” for the benefit of the community while preserving affordability of the housing on the land, permanently. Sawmill Center, Inc. and PacifiCap will lease the land for the Sawmill Center for the Arts from the Sawmill Community Land Trust.


Based in Seattle, Washington, Olson Kundig is one of the leading architectural firms in the world. They have designed numerous museums and cultural institutions, including Burke Museum (Seattle, WA), Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, CA), and Takoma Art Museum (Takoma, WA), among many others.

“The Sawmill Center for the Arts as planned presents a very unique opportunity and experience for Indigenous Peoples, Natives, and Tribes alike. From its origin, it incorporates meaningful partnerships and alliances.“

— Roger Fragua (Jemez Pueblo), Advisory Council, 516 ARTS


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