SCACD – Creating Economic Opportunity

Working to create economic opportunities locally, the SCACD seeks to create programming that encourages commerce and tourism for Silver City.

Clay Festival

The Silver City CLAY Festival is the signature event of the Silver City Arts and Cultural District. As a mandated event through the New Mexico Arts & Cultural District under the auspices of New Mexico MainStreet, the festival brings together clay artists, businesses and people who love everything clay to Silver City. With the first festival in 2012, the Silver City CLAY Festival now attracts regional, national and international attention, creating expansive economic opportunities.

Taking place in late July and early August, the Silver City CLAY Festival showcases the works of clay artisans, natural building processes, adobe, tile and pottery. The festival includes workshops, demonstrations, a vendors’ market, exhibits, family-friendly activities, lectures, tours, films, an opening night gala, and unique clay inspired festivities.

Southwest New Mexico Clay Arts Trail

The Southwest New Mexico Clay Arts Trail is an innovative art and economic development initiative designed to market clay artist communities in Grant, Catron, Hidalgo and Luna Counties as a premier destination for cultural tourism in the Southwest region. As a collaborative marketing effort, the Clay Arts Trail will combine and leverage our region’s unique educational, historical and commercial community assets related to clay.

The Clay Arts Trail is a collaborative effort between the Silver City Arts & Cultural District, New Mexico Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Included in the Clay Trail are artists’ studios, galleries, cooperatives, manufacturing businesses, museums and other clay-related sites. The Trail offers the visitor a guide to all things clay and promotes tourism and commerce for the region.

Curatorial Projects

The curatorial projects of the Silver City Arts and Cultural District gives new space and voice to artists of different media. The SCACD curates shows from outside Silver City in order to create dialogue with other communities and offer Silver City residents exposure to other artists’ work. As a public-private program, the SCACD improves vacant real estate within the Arts and Cultural District for each exhibit, creating visibility for historic properties and real estate.