Artesia was designated a New Mexico Arts and Cultural District by the New Mexico Arts Commission in November, 2014 along with Gallup and Mora. Artesia now joins eight other state Arts and Cultural Districts designated since the NM Arts and Cultural Districts Act was passed in 2007.

The Arts and Cultural Districts program was adopted to provide communities with a framework and technical assistance to expand their economic development capacity through the enhancement of the “creative economy.”

We are excited to embark on this journey to make sure that Artesia continues to thrive and becomes a fun, creative and happening place people want to visit.