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September 26, 2019

Main Street Complete Streets Construction Project



This large infrastructure construction project design is complete and plans can be found at HQ at 119 W. Main.  Would you like to learn more about our efforts to revitalize the downtown area? Please visit the Complete Streets Headquarters at 119 W. Main, the Main Street Complete Streets website or the Downtown Farmington website

2020 Construction Season Update:


The Downtown Farmington Revitalization - Complete Streets construction project consists of these improvements and enhancements:
  • Traffic
    • Road Diet – four lanes reduced to two lanes
    • Roundabouts to replace traffic signaled intersections
    • ADA improvements
    • Wayfinding signage and pavement markings
    • Parking 
  • Streetscape 
    • Wide Sidewalks with decorative brick paver borders
    • Street trees, planter areas, and automatic irrigation system
    • Wifi and Outdoor Speaker systems
  • Water Line Replacement
    • 12-inch main line with new service lines to existing and future tenants
    • fire hydrants
    • fire line stub outs  
  • Electrical
    • primary upgrades to accommodate future tenant build-outs
    • power for public events and activities
    • power for new lighting fixtures, wifi system, and outdoor speaker system.
  • Gateway Features 
    • signage at both entrances into the Historical district
    • fingerpost sculpture at Orchard Park 
  • Storm Drain Improvements
    • Replaces aged Corrugated Metal Pipe with High Density Polyethylene pipe 
    • Increases system capacity to meet the 100-year, 24-hour storm event
    • Meets minimum self-flushing velocity
Benefits of the Storm Drain Design: the new pipe material will have a longer service life, reduce maintenance costs, reduce future costs for downstream storm water improvements, allows for future downstream pipe sizes to be reduced from the Master Drainage Study recommendations, allows capture of large storm events without using valuable surface area for detention ponds, provides additional protection against flooding in the historic downtown area, helps preserve our river corridor by capturing the ‘first flush’ pollutant loads, remove sediment, allows the water to safely infiltrate into the ground, and will help the City meet the proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules for municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s).

The City will publish the bid this fall.  The City is adamant about avoiding impact to businesses during the busy season in November and December therefore construction is targeted to begin in early 2020. In preparation there are many other enhancement projects happening this year!  See below for the current list:

2019 Construction Season Update:


Traffic Signal work on Broadway.  Please be advised that various lanes at the following INTERSECTIONS will be RESTRICTED beginning Friday, September 20, 2019  thru Friday, October 25,2019  to allow for traffic signal upgrades.
  • Broadway Ave. & Miller Ave.
  • Broadway Ave. & Orchard Ave.
  • Broadway Ave. & Behrend Ave.
  • Broadway Ave. & Auburn Ave.
Construction Hours: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Signs and Cones will be in place. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and seek alternate routes. Flashing or dark traffic lights should be treated as a 4-way stop.

Please use caution as you travel through construction zones. We appreciate your patience and cooperation.

Should you have any questions regarding this project, road closures, or street restrictions, please do not hesitate to call Public Works Dept at 505-599-1308 or visit http://www.fmtn.org/633/Projects-and-Construction for all the latest on road projects.



Complete Streets Material Board
Some of the material samples and plant selections for the Downtown Farmington Revitalization - Complete Streets project
Single Lane Roundabout

PUBLIC SAFETY



Waste Management Keep Out poster

WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

Maker's Market 2019
Purple Beer Fundraiser
San Juan Jazz Society Jazz Jam 2019 Fall Schedule
3RB Guest Bartenders 2019 October Saturdays


Weekly Happenings List:

  • Wednesday's: Jazz Jam at Civic Center, 7pm-9pm.  Beginning in October the weekly Jazz Jam's will be held at the Civic Center.  This is a FREE event. See schedule for theme nights. THIS IS A JOLT WORTHY EVENT!
  • Thursdays: Maker's Market in Orchard Park begins June 6th, 4:30pm to dusk. The Maker's Market features handmade, homemade, or homegrown items. Also features live music and is voted a JOLT-WORTHY EVENT!  You can download the vendor contract from www.fmtn.org/downtown, click on the events tab and then the makers market. Drop it in the mail or bring it by 119 W. Main, Farmington 87401. It’s $8 to set up or if you want you can buy a 5 market pass for $25, so it’s $5 a day.
  • Thursdays: Simply Science is back on at E3 Children's Museum and Science Center, Thursdays 3:30-4:30 all for a $1.00!!! 
  • Saturday's: Three Rivers Tap Room will have local celebrity guest bartender's for the month of October.  

UPCOMING 2019 EVENTS

Basin Business After Hours
Book Signing Artifacts Gallery
La Selle Book Signing
Summers Book Signing
National Night Out 2019 Berg Park
Candlelight: A Celebration of Halloween pop up poster
2019 Autumn Art Walk Postcard
Fall Navajo Song & Dance
Oktoberfest Rotary Oct 20 Civic Center
Boo-palooza


Upcoming 2019 Events List:

  • Historic Main Street Walking Tour - Downtown, Thursday, October 3rd, 5:30pm-7pm.  Join the Farmington Museum for a FREE walking tour of downtown's fascinating early history. Learn a little about the devastating Main St fires, early architecture, pioneer community builders, and more! The Main Street walking tour begins at Artifacts Gallery, 302 E Main St. The tour may be cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. For more information, please call (505) 599-1174.
  • Chile in October Challenge - Berg Park, October 5th, 2019 from 11am-3pm. VOTED A JOLT WORTHY EVENT! Get ready for a fun and tasty day as local chile and salsa experts compete to be the best in Farmington! Join in the fun as a cook and test your recipe against others, or be a taster and vote for the best salsa and chile in town.
  • Caliente's Cabaret - Downtown, Totah Theater, October 5, 2019, 6pm-8:30pm. Come hear the music play at Caliente's Cabaret.  The Caliente Community Chorus will have our first concert of the season on October 5th. The theme is “The Great American Songbook”. Light appetizers are included with your ticket and Wines of the San Juan will be available for purchase! We have two shows that night, one starting at 6:00 and the other at 7:30. We look forward to seeing you there. You can message us here or call 505-419-8295 for tickets. 
  • Candlelight: A Celebration of Halloween - Downtown at 115 W. Main, October 5th through Halloween.  Pop up show: Art, Oddities, and Freaks!
  • Autumn Downtown Stroll & Art Walk- Downtown, Friday, October 11th, 5-9pm.  Many business will extend their hours of operation or be host to featured guest artists. Contact Karen Ellsbury at Studio 116 to sign up to host or to get on the artist list. 
  • Celebrate the Arts - Downtown, Artifacts Gallery, October 12, 2019, 7pm-10pm. Arts Gala celebrating the arts programs at San Juan College. Funds raised support the visual and performing arts programs at San Juan College. 
  • Fall Dumpster Weekend - Berg Park, October 19, 2019, 8am-3pm. Got trash to dispose of? There are two free opportunities the weekend of October 19 & 20.
  • Oktoberfest - Downtown, Civic Center, October 20, 2019, 12pm-5pm.  Come out to Oktober-Fest and celebrate fall!
  • Boo-palooza - Downtown, Wednesday, October 30th.  This is a Road closure event.  Contact Michael at 599-8442 if you will be participating business. VOTED A JOLT WORTHY EVENT! Family friendly Halloween party in Historic Downtown Farmington from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.! Enjoy games, dancing and a live DJ, costume contests and of course trick or treating.
  • Discovering Local Artists - Casa Blanca Inn, November 7, 2019, 5:30-8:30pm. Come out to Casa Blanca Inn and Suites, in historic downtown Farmington, located at 505 E. La Plata to see some of the best artists in fashion, jewelry, paintings, portraits and Native American fashion. VOTED A JOLT WORTHY EVENT!  The staff of the Casa Blanca Inn and Suites promises great food, great fun, great art and a great way to kick off the holiday season! 
  • Giving Thanks for Our Veterans - Farmington Indian Center, November 8, 2019, 11am-1pm.  The Farmington Indian Center located at 100 W. Elm will host this annual dinner to honor, thank and recognize all veterans and their families for their service to our great country at the Farmington Indian Center.
  • Two Hearts Wedding Expo - Civic Center, November 16, 2019 12pm-3pm. Plan your wedding in a day! The Two Hearts Wedding Expo features dozens of local exhibitors. There will be representatives from every size and category of wedding business, from large department stores to local specialty shops. ? IT’S ALL HERE! Fashion, music, tastings, venues and prizes. ? EXPERT ADVICE from the area’s top wedding professionals. ? SAVE TIME by seeing everything that you will need for your wedding under one roof. ? SAVE ON COST with discounts and offers especially for show attendees.
  • Turkey Trot and Gobble Wobble - Orchard Park, November 23, 2019, 9am-11am. Join Farmington families for this annual special holiday event! Sign up for the 5K Turkey Trot, 2 Mile Gobble Wobble or just come for the food and fun.  This is a short road closure. 
  • Small Business Saturday - Downtown, November 30, 2019. All day take part in the Small Business Saturday movement.  Contact Michael at 599-8442 if you will be a participating business.
  • Holiday Art Walk & Miracle on Main Street - Downtown, November 30, 2019, 5pm-9pm. VOTED A JOLT WORTHY EVENT!  Celebrate the holiday season, local artisans and local small businesses at the annual Holiday Art Walk! 
  • Festival of Trees - Civic Center, December 4 thru 7, 2019. Explore a winter wonderland amidst an indoor forest of artfully decorated Christmas trees at the annual Festival of Trees.
  • Christmas Parade - Downtown, December 5, 2019, 5:30pm-6:30pm. Jump start the holiday season with Farmington’s annual Christmas parade. Bundle up for this evening parade of lights, through Historic Downtown Farmington, along Main Street. The 2019 theme is "A Magical Christmas".
  • Riverglo - Berg Park, December 6, 2019, 6pm-8pm. Discover Farmington's holiday spirit along the Animas River! Luminarias, carolers and a live nativity transform the river walk trails and Berg Park for this holiday celebration.
  • Reindeer Romp & North Pole Stroll - Orchard Park, December 21, 2019, 4pm-6:30pm. Farmington gets holiday ready with the Reindeer Romp 5K and the 2 mile North Pole Stroll! This family friendly holiday event is so much more than a Fun Run.  This is a short road closure. 

For more information on Downtown Events:


Pick up your copy of the Merchant's Guide to Downtown Events from Michael at HQ at 119 W. Main. This a great resource for merchants, it has plenty of ideas on how to make the most of downtown events. Included in this guide are the upcoming 2019 event dates for downtown.

For these and other activities around town, find a full Gateway events guide here.

More information on Events at the Civic Center:


The Farmington Civic Center has an outstanding selection of upcoming shows. Don't miss out, be sure to add these dates to your calendar and purchase your tickets early. See website for full list of events. Season and single show tickets are available now, call 505-599-1148 for details! 
  • The Musical of Musicals: the Musical!  - September 25 - 30th at 7:30pm. “Witty! Refreshing! Juicy! Merciless!” The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) is a musical about musicals!
  • Churchill - October 4th, 2019 - VOTED A JOLT WORTHY EVENT! Andrew Edlin wrote and performs in this one-man-play as Sir Winston Churchill, at age 80, pondering in his bunker ‘to go or not to go’ as Prime Minister of Great Britain. Churchill wryly and wittily reviews his life from birth, looking for evidence of what to do. He segues from wise observation, to funny story, to iconic speech to pithy analysis of colleague and enemy alike. Audiences should be prepared to be inspired by the words of the legendary statesman recreated by a gifted actor.
  • Spooktacular - October 18, 2019 at 7:30pm. VOTED A JOLT WORTHY EVENT! Spooks, specters, and scaredy-cats contort and cavort through a high-flying circus of scare. Vampires soar, skeletons stagger, and acrobatic cats romp through a humorously haunted bazaar of the bizarre.
  • 3 Red Neck Tenors - October 22, 2019, 7:30-9:30pm. The 3 Redneck Tenors are a new breed in the "tenor genre" - their musical comedy featuring classically trained veteran artists is like Duck Dynasty goes to Carnegie Hall - down-home laughs with big city music! These boys have seen it all, sing it all and make us laugh 'till we double over, reminding us that in life, it's not just the destination, it's the journey.
  • Ronny Cox - November 8 & 9, 2019 - Join us on November 8th at the Farmington Civic Center to view “Deliverance” with Cox and hear him speak on his experiences filming on location then return the next day to listen to his music and life stories. VOTED A JOLT WORTHY EVENT!
  • Blue Note Records 80th Birthday Celebration - November 15, 2019, 7:30pm-9pm. This tour will be celebrating Blue Note's 80th Anniversary. Under the watchful eye of its president, Don Was, they will be presenting three new artists in a spectacular celebration of the label and Jazz Music today. Only Blue Note Records, with their unique brand of cool, could assemble such a dynamic evening of talent and music!
  • Music of the Night - A Musical Adventure - November 23, 2019, 7:30pm-9pm. VOTED A JOLT WORTHY EVENT!  John D. Smitherman most recently played the role of Raoul in the world premiere of the new musical Return of the Phantom. He has performed the role of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables in 2014 and 2015 to become part of the elite group that can say they have done "The Big Three" referring to the top three leading man roles in musical theatre; Jekyll & Hyde, Jean Valjean, as well as the Phantom. He has performed well over 100 different roles on the professional opera and theatre stages.
  • Dance Night - November 29, 2019, 7pm-11pm. Dance the night away at the Farmington Civic Center with Stillwater Band.
  • Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker - December 11, 2019 at 7pm. This Christmas give your family the gift of Moscow Ballet’s Gift of Christmas Great Russian Nutcracker tour! Step into a simpler time filled with sweet dreams and Christmas magic. With world-class artists, over 200 dazzling costumes, stunning sets, towering puppets and soaring birds, don’t miss your chance to ring in the holidays with this acclaimed Christmas extravaganza. The New York Times, “Hot Ticket!” Celebrate the cherished holiday tradition and relive the dream with Tchaikovsky’s timeless score. Get tickets for the whole family now!
  • A Christmas Carol - December 14, 2019, 7:30pm-9:30pm. A powerful story of redemption, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, has enchanted audiences the world over with its simple message of Holiday joy. Ebenezer Scrooge, that most unrepentant and miserly of fellows, is made to see the light as he survives a merciless battery of revelations by the ghosts of his own life: Jacob Marley and the Christmas Spirits of Past, Present, and Future.
  • M-PACT - December 22, 2019, 7:30pm-9:30pm.  Hailed as “one of the best pop-jazz vocal groups in the world” by the San Francisco Chronicle, m-pact is respected worldwide as a cutting edge trailblazer in the realm of vocal music. Emerging from an age of auto-tune and overproduction, this Los Angeles-based ensemble has cultivated a new generation of ears hungry for the fresh, raw power of nature’s “first instrument” – the human voice. Around the globe, audiences are mesmerized by the thrill of m-pact’s vocal acrobatics, innovative orchestrations, and commanding yet authentic stage presence.
The Musical of Musicals: The Musical! poster
Spooktacular poster 2019
Moscow Ballet Russian Nutcracker

Do you have an event you want to tell the 4 Corners about? Tell the FCVB


Submit your event to the Farmington Convention & Visitor Bureau's calendar: 
https://farmingtonnm.org/events/submit-an-event   This is best and most extensive calendar in the region.  Is your event listed?

Did you know? Memberships to the FCVB start at $50/year.  This is a great way to get your business listed on one of the top performing websites in our community.

2019 Vacation Guide 

The FCVB is also looking for those interested in advertising in the 2020 Vacation Guide.  Now is your chance to showcase your business to more than 100,000 travelers from across the world! 

DID YOU KNOW? The FCVB works strategically to market Farmington as an overnight destination. This includes Downtown Farmington.  For example, in the 2019 vacation guide three of the five featured adventures: Get Cultured, Get Artsy, and Get Hoppy, are of downtown merchants or attractions! They have been attracting visitors to Farmington via displays at the Durango-La Plata County Airport for a example. They also market in Albuquerque and Phoenix airports as well. Included in their campaigns are billboards and radio commercials, magazine ads and geo-targeted online buys.  Contact the FCVB for more detailed information on their strategic marketing campaigns and marketing opportunities.  

AND.....

Want to know the benefits of being a member of the Chamber of Commerce?


The Chamber of Commerce is actively seeking advertisers for the next publication of the Relocation Guide.  Approximately 6,000-7,000 copies of this publication go out.  Contact them today, deadline is September 27!


100 W. Broadway | 505-325-0279 | chamber@gofarmington.com | www.gofarmington.com


Marketing and Public Relations


The City, the MainStreet program, and other partners use many avenues to promote our downtown; the businesses, events and activities.  We will continue these efforts between now and start of construction.  This is a short list of those avenues.

  • Press Releases
  • Mayor's Table videos
  • Open Houses
  • Advertising - ex: banners, window signage and flyers
  • Downtown Newsletter 
  • Web Map
  • Public Service Announcements
  • Community Calendars
  • Postcards
  • Social media
  • Radio
  • Website
  • Gateway magazine
  • Event Booths
  • Speaking Engagements
During construction, we will increase our efforts with specific ideas related to the construction phase.  While we believe that we have a well rounded strategy to market and promote downtown, suggestions are always welcome.  

That being said, we highly encourage the downtown merchants to increase their efforts in marketing as well.  If you need guidance on creating your own marketing plan, have suggestions or questions, please the Complete Street Headquarters at 599-8442.



In the News!


The Municipal article profiling Farmington NM revitalization efforts and economic transformation efforts: click here

Daily Times article on Game Changer Games owner, Craig Gjedde, on his new book and game: click here


Daily Times photos on the newly formed Four Corners Musical Theatre Company's rehearsals for "The Musical of Musicals: the Musical!": click here

In case you missed it!


The Four Corners Film Festival was a hit!  See all of the photos from the festival, the fashion show, and VIP events on the Film Four Corners' Facebook page.

Gateway to the Imagination - A National Juried Art Show: Patrick Hazen and Richard Kynast, both local artists, received the Northwest New Mexico Arts Council Choice Awards.  Congratulations to Patrick and Richard!  This exhibit from fine artists from across the country will feature paintings, watercolors, sculptures, photographs, and mixed media and will be up at the Farmington Museum until November 30th. 

Electrical Vehicle Charger coming to Downtown!  On Tuesday evening, the City Council approved up to five public dual port electrical vehicle (EV) charging stations to be installed around town, one is to be located in the downtown area. 



SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES


We have been busy promoting our downtown businesses and events through our Instagram or Facebook Page; Downtown Farmington: A MainStreet project.  Please like and follow our page for cross promotion opportunities and to add your event to our calendar.  You can also tag us or invite us to your event to bring it to our attention.   Don't forget to submit events to the Farmington Convention and Visitors Bureau as well for a larger audience.

Additionally, remember to help out your neighboring businesses by leaving a 5 star review on Google, Facebook, Yelp, and other social media outlets.  We are beginning to see out of town and international visitors to the downtown area.  Are you ready?  Need ideas?  Continue reading and see Michael for more information.

Are you ready?


Dear Downtown Business Owner,


The Main Street Complete Streets construction project will be here before you know it!  Don't let it sneak up on you.  Are you ready?  Are you in the strongest position possible to weather the impact? Have you begun your mitigation efforts? Don't wait to create positive changes, many of our downtown merchants are experiencing an increase in revenues now as a result. The City, the MainStreet program, and other resource partners want to walk along side you, see you come out the other side better for it, and help you celebrate your success. 

         Sincerely,

         the MainStreet program, the MSCS project team, and BRP resources partners.



Business Resiliency Project (BRP) SURVEY CLOSED:


The Farmington Downtown Business Resiliency Project (FDBRP) is a team of small business professionals with diverse backgrounds and skills.  Together, we're working to meet the business capacity and skill needs of downtown Farmington small business during the revitalization of downtown and those of all retailers in San Juan County and surrounding communities.  Many of these educational and consulting services are at low or no cost to you!  Need help?  Just ask.

This survey is CLOSED.   Social Media was the most requested topic!

If you provided your contact information, you will be matched up with an upcoming class on your selected topic of interest.

But don't worry if you missed the survey, contact HQ immediately at 599-8443 and you will be registered in a class on your topic of interest.  

Other Small Business Resources:


Resources and inspiration can be found here:

Deluxe - Their website contains many small business resources on topics like Marketing, Financials, Starting a Business, eBooks, Videos, and Case Studies.
Flip This Town - Flip This Town started as a book by downtown revitalization expert Ron Drake, and has now transformed into a movement that is sweeping communities across the country. Join Ron Drake and his partner, Main Street Manager Kristi Trevarrow as they set out to restore the heart of America, one downtown at a time.
The Small Business Revolution - Small Business Revolution tells stories of America's most inspiring small businesses, using photography, film and written word. Championed by Deluxe (see above).  They just wrapped up filming for season 4 of the online makeover documentary show.  Follow their Facebook page and website for free small business advice, inspiration, and information.
HubSpot - a free marketing blog that is very informative and they even offer free webinars on a variety of subjects including social media, marketing, sales, and business development. They also have downloadable PDFs that you can read at your own pace.
Small Business Development Center @ San Juan College - Counselors at the SBDC assist small business in a variety of forms with confidential one-on-one consulting, low cost training in a variety of subjects, technical assistance, and  we can assist your company in networking with other local companies to achieve your goals.
Construction Survival Guide - pick up this handy guide at HQ on ideas before, during, and after construction. Are you ready?
The Merchant's Guide to Downtown Events - this a great resource for merchants, it has plenty of ideas on how to make the most of downtown events. Included in this guide are the upcoming 2019 event dates.  Pick up your copy at HQ.
Front Porch Initiative -  
SnapRetail - Complete online marketing solution for independent retailers. It’s website, email and social wrapped up in one powerfully simple tool – so you can plan, execute and track all of your marketing activities. Affordable solution that helps you build your brand and sales through meaningful, consistent customer communication.
Farmington Public Library - check with the reference librarian because with just a library card you can access online databases, including the Business and Finance section with templates, guides, and other tools to help you start, finance, and manage your small business. Need a special certification, they have access to that online course too!  Call 505-599-1270 for more information on obtaining a library card and accessing the online databases.
Farmington Chamber of Commerce - 'Connecting Commerce to Community' and they work hard at it. It consists of a volunteer association of business people who coordinate efforts of commerce, industry and professions to maintain a healthy business in our community.  The chamber helps to promote a better understanding of private enterprise. We are financed by membership investments and are open to any business deciding to invest in the betterment of the community. The Farmington Chamber of Commerce Inc. is organized for the purpose of serving and advancing the civic and business interest of the City of Farmington and the Four Corners region.


New Business Tax Workshop flyer

WELCOME TO DOWNTOWN!


Shhhhh!  We cannot announce them yet, but we have several new business opening up soon in the downtown district, keep an eye out for the grand openings for these exciting businesses!

Shop Local B&W poster
Hidden Garden Concept
This is a conceptual drawing of the Hidden Garden pocket park behind 305 & 307 W. Main.  The project consists of decking, living screens, recycled materials, and festival lights to create a shared outdoor space.  

Downtown Farmington Awarded Grant Funds


NM Clean & Beautiful awarded the City of Farmington with $9,000 for recycling receptacles in the downtown area. 

City of Farmington/Downtown Farmington: A MainStreet Project has been selected to receive a grant of $5,000 through the AARP Community Challenge for beautification of Breezeway Plaza.  

Downtown Farmington: A MainStreet project has applied to the New Mexico MainStreet program and received grant money from the New Mexico Resiliency Alliance in the amount of $7,000 toward a pocket park behind 305 & 307 W. Main, named the Hidden Garden. Conceptual plans can be found at HQ. Look for this new development coming soon!  

NMMS logo

New Mexico MainStreet Program:


Downtown Farmington: A MainStreet Project is part of the New Mexico MainStreet Program (NMMS). New Mexico MainStreet works throughout the state and partners with designated organizations to create a strong economic business climate while preserving cultural and historic resources.  https://www.nmmainstreet.org/

The NMMS uses a Four Point Approach® to implement the goals and support the vision to transform downtown districts. These four areas are Organization, Design, Promotion, and Economic Vitality.  

Do you have an idea for economic growth that qualifies to be a recipient of this program? Find out by contacting Michael Bulloch, NMMS Director, at 505-599-8442. 


NMACD logo

The HeART of Farmington Arts and Cultural District (ACD):


Want to get involved? You do not need to be a committee member to be involved or to attend the meetings.  Contact Michael Bulloch at 505-599-8442.

The New Mexico Arts and Cultural Districts Program is a unique joint effort between three state agencies and private entities. The Arts and Cultural Districts Program's goal is to promote the exceptional art and history of New Mexico while assisting communities in developing their cultural and artistic resources to create dynamic and economically vibrant districts. Forming Arts and Cultural Districts helps communities provide support to cultural entrepreneurs and institutions while capitalizing on the potential economic opportunity for the district as well as the town.

State agency partners in this program are the Economic Development Department's MainStreet Program, the Department of Cultural Affairs divisions of New Mexico Arts and Historic Preservation. Other partners are the McCune Foundation and the New Mexico Resiliency Alliance. The New Mexico Arts Commission authorizes new Arts and Cultural Districts while MainStreet administers the program.

The Farmington Arts & Cultural District is an artisan district that overlaps with the Farmington Historic Downtown Commercial District. The HeART of Farmington Arts & Cultural District focuses mainly on Main Street and Broadway, with more than 100 commercial buildings with storefronts oriented to the street and continuous shared side walls. The downtown district contains an eclectic mix of galleries, one-of a-kind shared side walls, locally-owned retail stores, restaurants, and salons, and includes Red Apple Transit Stops.

A city park is located at the "Heart" of the district, along with the E3 Children’s Museum & Science Center, Farmington Civic Center, and the Museum of Navajo Art and Culture. In total, the district's properties represent a coherent record of the development of a regional marketing center for the San Juan agricultural valley dating from 1906 through 1956. Architectural styles and building typologies trace the path and pattern of market center development from railroad-era growth, 1906-1923, to the oil and gas economic boom of the 1950s. 


ACD boundary_proposed
Art in the Alley logo

Art in the Alley:


UPDATE:  The 'living mural' behind GC Harvest and ArrowSoul Trading evolved on September 21rst with several local and regional artists participating in a fundraising event and the Michael Billy mural behind the ARC continues.  

The Art in the Alley project continues in 2019 with three more murals behind the GC Harvest Church and ArrowSoul Trading, the Arc of San Juan County, and behind The Chile Pod and HQ.  

Ivan Lee Mural on HQ
Muralist Ivan Lee begins his mural behind Complete Streets Headquarters




Join the Movement 


If you are looking to get involved in the exciting things happening in Farmington, be sure to attend the monthly Farmington Action Team Meetings!  This is an excellent opportunity to network, help local causes or find help for your event or cause.  The Complete Streets HQ is excited to host the next Action Team Meeting.  See you at HQ!

October 25, 2019
Action Team Meeting 
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Main Street Complete Streets Headquarters


Stakeholder meetings: 


Next meeting will be September 30th, 2019 at 9am (new time).*  Topics include:

  • Public Relations and Marketing for Downtown.  Those that are interested in group marketing opportunities should attend this meeting.
  • Construction updates

Metropolitan Redevelopment Agency (MRA) meetings:

  • Tuesday, October 15th, 2019 at 4pm.*
  • Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 at 4pm.*

Now that there is an updated MRA plan, the board is prioritizing the projects identified within the plan.  Join in on this discussion and help shape our three districts, the Civic Center, the Downtown, and the Animas Districts. 


*All meetings are held at HQ at 119 W. Main unless otherwise noted.  Public is encouraged to attend.


Volunteer Opportunities:


Opportunities to volunteer are available.  This is a way to help out along side your fellow downtown neighbor.  Contact Michael for more information. 

  • Help out artists with upcoming mural installations.
  • Labor for future grant funded projects in the downtown area.  See grant projects list above. 
  • Our local non-profits can always use a hand!  Contact Hustle Kindness Headquarters or The ARC of San Juan County. 
  • Mayor's Volunteer Program - an opportunity to put your knowledge, talent, and energy toward improving the quality of life in our community.

Our Goal:

The purpose of this newsletter is to be transparent and open about our plans for this large-scale infrastructure investment with the downtown stakeholders.  We recognize the potential for economic growth that could result from a project of this magnitude, but also the challenges that come.  Additional details on any of the above referenced items are on file at HQ at 119 W. Main or on our website. Feedback is always welcome and participation is always encouraged!

Michael Photo

Contact Us:


Michael Bulloch
Downtown Coordinator & Executive Director for MainStreet Program and Arts & Cultural District

119 W. Main Street
505-599-8442 office
505-716-6057 cell
mbulloch@fmtn.org

Sherry M. Roach
Project Coordinator
119 W. Main Street
505-599-8443 office
505-427-1512 cell
shroach@fmtn.org

Sherry Roach
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