The building contains a private 19th century society, with the interior designed by architect Berlage. The building also houses monumental exhibition rooms. The aim of the society is to look after the interest of the artists, and to promote the arts in general. The society now has roughly 1550 members, about 550 artists and 1000 art-loving members.
The developments in visual arts are important to Arti. A number of times a year the exhibition rooms are reserved for members. In this tradition, Arti starts every new year with the exhibition "New Members". This provides the artists who became members the previous year with an opportunity to show their work and introduce themselves to the society.
Within the art world Arti occupies a particular place; she is neither gallery nor museum and functions without structural government grants.