VSA Arts of New Mexico is a not-for-profit agency providing visual and performing arts activities and education for people with disabilities. The North Fourth Arts Center is located in a 17,000 square-foot former discount department store and office building. The focus of the project is a new 5,000 square-foot black box theater within the existing building envelope.
The theater seats from 90 to 150 people, depending upon seating configuration, and features a raised platform and ramp to provide multiple viewing positions for people in wheelchairs. Seating is on modular, demountable stepped platforms. Areas surrounding the theatre were reconfigured to provide a more rational layout of visual arts studios, some of which can also be used as green room space for the theater.