After years of growth, Las Cruces is at a juncture where it can distinguish itself as a cultural destination. Arts, culture, and maker activities are percolating throughout the community, demonstrating creative production and artistry. Residents of Las Cruces value their contributions to the widely recognized arts and culture of New Mexico and are working to gain more recognition of their community, its history, and its unique cultural assets by imagining and implementing visionary creative potential.

OUR ROLE

The role that arts and cultural districts play in providing a vibrant and appealing environment is a major factor in retaining young citizens and their families, attracting a diverse, well-educated and creative workforce, and positioning the community as a cultural tourist destination. Arts and cultural districts bring citizens out from their homes and into a vibrant social space to interact and bond with their families and neighbors; and the community’s young talent is showcased and recognized as part of the cultural landscape.

The role that arts and cultural districts play in providing a vibrant and appealing environment is a major factor in retaining young citizens and their families, attracting a diverse, well-educated and creative workforce, and positioning the community as a cultural tourist destination. Arts and cultural districts bring citizens out from their homes and into a vibrant social space to interact and bond with their families and neighbors; and the community’s young talent is showcased and recognized as part of the cultural landscape.

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GENERATIONS

LAS CRUCES
FACADE SQUAD

ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

VENTANAS VIVAS

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PUBLIC ART

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In 2014, an ACD Task Force was formed to explore opportunities to create an ACD in Las Cruces. The Task Force was anchored by the Doña Ana Arts Council, Downtown Las Cruces Partnership, and the City. In 2015, the Task Force re-formed into a cross-sector, 11-member ACD Coordinating Council and began developing the first “municipally-designated” ACD in New Mexico. The Council researched the designated New Mexico districts, national trends, and outcomes of other districts, and determined that the establishment of a unique cultural identity was paramount. 

Transformation of downtown from the unsuccessful 1967 urban renewal to a thriving business, entertainment, and residential area has been underway since planning and studies started in 1994. The ACD Plan is a new layer that creates a vibrant social and economic space that extends throughout the Main Street area and the Mesquite Street Historic District. 

GOAL
ONE

FOSTER
ECONOMIC
GROWTH

A sustainable creative economy contributes to the total economic framework of the community and develops diverse businesses and a creative professional workforce.

GOAL
TWO

IMPROVE
COMMUNITY'S
QUALITY
OF LIFE

Increased arts and culture activities in an artful physical environment cultivate community and creative opportunities for all ages.

GOAL THREE

HONOR
& PROMOTE
LAS CRUCES
HISTORY
& CULTURE

Highlight the historic original townsite as an experiential opportunity for learning about and enjoying arts and cultural traditions, historic buildings, and cultures.

GOAL FOUR

COMMUNITY
ENGAGEMENT &
IMPLEMENTATION

Partners and funding come together to make the district the center of the Mesilla Valley's cultural development and a vibrant hub that attracts participation and implementation on many levels.
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