Los Alamos to develop arts and cultural district designation

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By Carol A. Clark

SANTA FE - Los Alamos MainStreet led an effort early this year to apply for state recognition as an Arts and Cultural District. That effort has paid off.

Los Alamos, Albuquerque, Raton and Taos were selected by state officials to receive funding and assistance toward the special designation, which is likely to translate into increased tourism revenue for the local communities.

Rep. Jeannette Wallace, Assistant County Administrator Tony Mortillaro, LACDC Executive Director Kevin Holsapple, Hedy Dunn of the Historical Museum, MainStreet Director Jeremy Varela and Katy Korkos of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce were  among the Los Alamos contingent.

County Councilor Robert Gibson spoke on behalf of the contingent at Friday’s official gathering at the La Fonda Hotel.

“Los Alamos is not famous for its fine and performing arts. It should be. The same creative energy and intensity that characterize our peoples’ technical pursuits also manifest themselves in many very interesting ways outside our think tanks,” Gibson said. “As a result, we are blessed with cultural resources far out of proportion to our size. They are recognized as major factors in our overall quality of life. Now our challenge is to get you to appreciate and share our technical creativity.”

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