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Creative District Resource Team to visit Los Alamos Tuesday

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By Special to the Monitor

The public is invited to a reception with light refreshments at the re-opened Fuller Lodge Art Center from 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday and to meet a resource team of state officials who are visiting the community.

The visitors represent state departments including cultural affairs, historic preservation, tourism, economic development and the New Mexico MainStreet program.

The resource team will be conducting focus groups that have been scheduled with dozens of community members and organizations and their work will culminate in an out briefing at the Community Building from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday. The public is also invited to the out briefing.

Los Alamos MainStreet, in collaboration with the Los Alamos Arts Council and Los Alamos County applied for and received the New Mexico Arts and Culture District status for downtown Los Alamos in 2009.

The resource team visit is a step in the process for fulfilling the requirements of maintaining that status and developing a plan for implementing the district.

The basis for the district is sharing of Los Alamos’ unique creative heritage in the arts and science.

Goals for the Los Alamos Creative District include:

• sharing the unique creative heritage of Los Alamos with residents and visitors;

• the development of the district will serve as a catalyst for supporting and developing service, restaurant, retail and hospitality businesses within the proposed district;

• the district will improve the community’s capacity for economic benefit from visitation and tourism by creating a stronger, more focused argument for visiting and spending time in downtown Los Alamos.

To view the full application and related information and materials on the Arts and Culture District, visit  http://laccd.blogspot.com.