SCACD and Economic Development

The Silver City Arts & Cultural District’s vision for economic development engages leaders of business, government, organizations, development partners and other groups to work together to achieve sustainable cultural economic growth in Silver City, New Mexico.

Arts and Cultural District Coordinating Council

The Silver City Arts and Cultural Coordinating Council is a collaborative partnership of diverse organizations and individuals throughout Grant County that encourages the preservation of historic assets, excellence in the arts and cultural education and enterprise, affirmative cross-cultural communication, and vibrant cultural tourism.

The current SCACD Coordinating Council includes: The Corporation for Downtown Development, Silver City Public Library, Tour of the Gila, Inc., Western New Mexico University, Southwest New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce, Mimbres Region Arts Council, Town of Silver City Community Development, the Murray Hotel, Western Institute for Lifelong Learning, The Wellness Coalition, Silver City Museum, Silver City Gallery Association, Syzygy Tileworks and the Southwest Council of Governments.

Theatre District Plan

A collaboration of the Corporation for Downtown Development, Town of Silver City and the Silver City Arts & Cultural District, this plan proposes the creation of a Theatre District in Downtown Silver City connecting three landmark theatres and neighboring entertainment and dining establishments to serve as an anchor to the Arts and Cultural District and create a local “scene.” The recommendation of a Theatre District in Silver City began in the March 2008 Arts and Cultural District Resource Team Assessment Report; then reaffirmed in the Silver City Cultural Plan of 2009 and the Silver City Downtown Action Plan in 2010.

The Theatre District Plan will provide rehabilitation and re‐use of the historic structures and bring new activity downtown. Suggested uses for the theatres vary, but include first‐ and second‐run movies, art film screenings and high‐quality performance space for the city’s burgeoning live theatre, poetry and music scenes. Currently, the Silco Theater is the first to undergo renovation.

Cultural Plan

A collaboration of many organizations, the SCACD Cultural Plan is the result of intense efforts led by local arts and community leaders. The information was gathered through initiatives from New Mexico MainStreet and its arts and cultural planning and development specialists, the Bureau of Business & Economic Research of the University of New Mexico’s Institute for Applied Research Services, Western New Mexico University and Mimbres Region Arts Council.

The SCACD Cultural Plan provides a flexible and community-focused framework for determining efficient ways the Arts and Cultural District can serve the needs of local artists and creative industries. It is intended to provide benefits to Silver City business owners, arts and culture nonprofit groups, government agencies, and visitors who travel here with the expectation of exploring and enjoying a vibrant art town.