Building Community

The Silver City Arts and Cultural District (SCACD) is part of a statewide initiative to enhance regional economies and quality of life through the support and promotion of an area’s unique artistic, cultural and historic assets. Established by the State Legislature in 2007, the New Mexico Arts and Cultural District Program chose Silver City as part of the pilot program that now includes Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Los Alamos, Raton, and Taos.

The district itself is a defined geographic area in Silver City, which includes historic downtown and extends up to the campus of Western New Mexico University. Within these boundaries exists a mix of historic buildings, cultural activities, galleries and creative entrepreneurs that contribute to a unique, authentic, and stimulating experience for residents and visitors.

Today the Silver City Arts and Cultural District is a dynamic, multifaceted organization that promotes community collaboration and partnership, historic preservation, cultural economic development, and cultural tourism. From its signature event, The Silver City Clay Festival, to the organization’s statewide involvement with tourism, the SCACD continues to recognize the multi-cultural heritage of Southwest New Mexico as essential to our community’s identity.