Farmington May Become the Next Arts & Cultural Districts in New Mexico

farmingtonAn interesting article recently appeared in the Farmington Daily Times discussing a movement just getting underway to make Farmington one of New Mexico’s Arts & Cultural Districts.

Farmington artists, business owners consider New Mexico Arts and Cultural District designation
Joining program could increase tourism, revitalize downtown, officials say
April 22, 2014
By Hannah Grover, The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — Local artists hope to transform downtown Farmington into one of New Mexico’s Arts and Cultural Districts over the next few years.

Representatives from the arts community and downtown business and property owners met Tuesday with state officials to discuss the designation. An Arts and Cultural District is “a district that’s dedicated to the cultural economy,” said New Mexico MainStreet Director Rich Williams.

The state created Arts and Cultural Districts in 2007 and now has nine districts, including Los Alamos, Silver City, Raton, Albuquerque, Gallup, Artesia, Las Vegas, Taos and Mora.

Each district chooses a strength. For example, Los Alamos worked with Los Alamos National Laboratory to create the Next Big Idea, a weeklong festival of science, technology, engineering and math activities.

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