The Silver City Arts and Cultural District benefits from the leadership of arts, community and business leaders from throughout Grant County, representing the leading business and economic development groups in the area.
Starr Belsky, Co-Chair, Arts and Cultural District Coordinating Council
Co-chair, Silver City Arts and Cultural District Coordinating Council; co-owner of Alotta Gelato and freelance editor; inconstant gardener; resident of Silver City since April 2003.
Lee Gruber, Co-Chair, Arts and Cultural District Coordinating Council
Lee Gruber serves as co-chair of the Silver City Arts and Cultural District Coordinating Council. She is co-owner of Syzygy Tileworks where her passion for cultural entrepreneurship has found a home. There is a heartfelt, underlying desire to leave an indelible mark in the community so that one hundred years from now, it will be known that there was a functioning, creative tileworks operating in Silver City.
Through the support of community projects, including Penny Park, the MRAC murals and residential installations, Lee and Syzygy are involved in the creative and cultural development and enhancement of our community’s pride and spirit.
Susan Berry, Ad Hoc Member, Arts and Cultural District Coordinating Council
Susan served as the director of the Silver City Museum for 36 years, and is the author of “Built to Last: An Architectural History of Silver City, New Mexico.”
Lois Duffy, Artist & Arts and Cultural District Coordinating Council
As an artist, it has brought me great joy to watch Silver City grow into a vibrant art community over the past 15 years. I own a studio and art gallery in the heart of the Historic Downtown Art District and am a member of the Silver City Gallery Association, the Silver City Arts & Cultural District and the Mimbres Region Arts Council.
Nick Seibel, MainStreet Manager, Corporation for Downtown Development/Main Street Project
Nick serves as the liaison with merchants, organizations and volunteers to promote Downtown Silver City as Southwest New Mexico’s premier shopping, arts and entertainment district, while preserving its role as the historic heart of his hometown.
Arlene Schadel, Economic Development Coordinator, Gila Economic Development Alliance
Arlene leads the economic development efforts of the GILA EDA, a multi-agency economic development effort of Grant County.
Faye McCalmont, Executive Director, Mimbres Region Arts Council
Ms. McCalmont has served as the MRAC Executive Director since 1995. In that capacity she is responsible for artistic programming; developing and maintaining partnerships, sponsorships and donations; grant writing and management; strategic planning in conjunction with the Board of Directors. Ms McCalmont also serves on local, regional and state-wide committees.
Eileen Sullivan is a traditional fiddler and Reference Librarian at the Silver City Public Library
Jessa Tumposky, Curator of Education, Silver City Museum
Jessa Tumposky is Curator of Education at the Silver City Museum. She is a poet, actor and dancer, and her grandmother taught her to always be a patron of the arts and a culture vulture.
Peter Russell, Community Dev. Director, Town of Silver City
The Town of Silver City‘s Community development Department assist in core growth and livability efforts within the town, including planning and zoning, business inspections, historic design review and long-term municipal planning.
Linda Kay Jones, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Economic Development, and Community Affairs, Western New Mexico University
Linda Kay Jones serves as Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Economic Development, and Community Affairs for Western New Mexico University. She served as chair of the Coordinating Council from 2009 to 2011, and continues to serve representing WNMU.