Our Mission

The Silver City Arts and Cultural District is a distinctive area in Silver City where historic architecture, an excellent eclectic mix of design, niche businesses, and a concentration of artistic and cultural activities foster civic pride, provide opportunities for local creative enterprise, and contribute to a unique, authentic, and stimulating experience for residents and visitors.


<<< Our Past

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, Artesia, Gallup, Las Vegas, Los Alamos, Mora, and Raton. Learn more about the other New Mexico's Arts and Cultural Districts here.

Our Present >>>

Today, the SCACD  is a dynamic, multifaceted organization that promotes community collaboration, historic preservation, economic development, and cultural tourism. From its signature event, CLAY  Festival, to the organization’s statewide involvement with tourism, the SCACD continues to recognize the diverse  heritage of Southwest New Mexico as essential to our community’s identity.


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The District Defined

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