One of the ways in which the University of New Mexico collaborates with the City of Albuquerque is through the City's Public Art Urban Enhancement Division, which supports Albuquerque's fine arts projects. The Division and UNM joined forces in 2015 to create an off-campus gallery that showcases student artists alongside local artists. The College of Fine Arts (CFA) Downtown Studio is located just off Central at 4th and Copper.
Directing the gallery and performance space is UNM graduate student, artist Lara Goldmann. The benefits of the gallery for the students are clear, she says: "broadening the audience and connecting with the community, as well as working in a more professional setting."