The University of New Mexico is a proud sponsor of the “Digital Latin America: Symposium, Exhibit, Block Party” event Saturday-Sunday, June 7-8. This event is organized by 516 Arts, a nonprofit art space in downtown Albuquerque.

The event is free and is based at 516 ARTS with off-site artworks at UNM Art Museum and the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History.

516 Arts will explore North/South axis of cultural development and exchange between South America, Central America and the Southwest United States. Digital Latin America looks at the ways in which artists negotiate the complex terrain between global and local, and virtual and real in the creation of work that proposes alternative understandings of technology, art and cultural exchange.

Sixteen contemporary artists from Latin America and the U.S. will be featured in the exhibitions. The innovative and interactive artwork features artists from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, New Mexico, Navajo Nation, California, Kansas and Texas.

Two concurrent exhibitions: "Oscar Muñoz: Biografías" and "Luz Restirada: Latin American Photography from the UNM Art Museum" open Friday, June 6, with a public reception from 6 to 8 p.m.

On Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8, the symposium will showcase presentations and performances in new media art that address the intersecting fields of art, technology and science in Latin America and the United States. Organized by 516 ARTS and hosted by the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History, this event requires paid registration, but the Mexican consulate of Albuquerque has generously offered a limited number of complimentary tickets.

This event will also be hosting a Block Party on Saturday, June 7, from 5 to 9 p.m.  It will feature an array of visual and performing arts, as well as food and entertainment celebrating the arts and cultures of Latin America and New Mexico. It is open to all ages and is free. The Downtown Block Party is located on Central Avenue between 5th and 6th Streets in Downtown Albuquerque.

Join 516 Arts as they bring artists, art exhibitions and a block party to the City of Albuquerque to celebrate culture and tradition.