About the Los Alamos Creative District
- Economic Development Department
- New Mexico MainStreet Program
- Department of Tourism
- Department of Cultural Affairs
- New Mexico Arts
- Historic Preservation Division
- Museum of New Mexico Foundation
- McCune Charitable Foundation
- New Mexico Humanities Council
Los Alamos has the only Creative District in the state. Los Alamos is designated as “creative” to highlight arts, culture, and science in our downtown. The Los Alamos Creative District will focus on sharing the unique creative heritage of Los Alamos with residents and visitors. The development of the Los Alamos Creative District will serve as a catalyst for supporting and developing service, restaurant, retail, and hospitality businesses within the proposed district. The Los Alamos Creative District will improve our community’s capacity for economic benefit from visitation/tourism by creating a stronger, more focused argument for visiting and spending time in our downtown.
The Los Alamos Creative District (LACD) was included in the New Mexico Arts and Cultural District (NMACD) program in 2009. The LACD plan was developed by the LA MainStreet Program of the LA Commerce and Development Corporation, with help from a Steering Committee composed of community members representing arts, cultural and creative entities, and county government staff. After going through a rigorous application, planning and commissioning process, the LACD was accepted by the LA County Council in April, 2012 and the official advisory body to the County, the LACD Advisory Committee (CDAC) was chartered in October, 2012.
As an officially designated state Arts and Cultural District, the LACD is one of nine in New Mexico. Others are in Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Raton, Silver City, Taos, Artesia, Gallup and Mora. The NMACD program is a collaboration among many state entities in addition to the state’s MainStreet Program, including the Economic Development Department, Department of Tourism, and Department of Cultural Affairs. Its mission is “Enhancing a Robust Cultural Economy.” Learn more about NMACD at www.nmartsandculturaldistricts.org.
The goal of the NMACD program is to help communities leverage their arts and cultural assets to build commerce, tourism, artistic growth, and civic pride. It promotes place-based community economic development rooted in a community’s dynamic arts and cultural environment. Los Alamos has distinguished its unique brand of arts and culture as “creative” to include science and engineering endeavors along with arts and culture. Learn more about LACD at www.creativelosalamos.org.
Current CDAC members are: Ken Nebel (chair), Kelly Shea (vice chair), Carolyn Mangeng, Nancy Bartlit, Linda Deck, Marlane Hamilton, Philip Kunsberg, Jane Lin, Molly McBranch, Heather McClenahan and Ron Wilkins. Subcommittees of the CDAC are working on Programming, Marketing and Promotion, Infrastructure, Finance, and the Los Alamos ScienceFest. ScienceFest is a re-invented version of the Next Big Idea festival and will be the signature event of the LACD.
The CDAC meets the second Thursday of every month, from 1:30 to 3 pm, in room 110 of the Municipal Building, and the public is welcome.