Gallup MainStreet Arts & Cultural District is a non-profit organization that cares about people and place in Historic Downtown Gallup, NM. Our work is centered around asset-based economic development. What does that mean? We develop ways to use what is already great about our district to bolster the vitality of our downtown economy and community. These “assets” aren’t just things, they’re the arteries that pump life into the heart of downtown (which is in turn the heart of our city): business owners, entrepreneurs, artists, storied historic buildings, spirited public artworks, and programs that bring people together.
How we help:
We help the community in four main ways: promotion, design, economic vitality, and organization. While we work independently, we value collaboration and transparency, and enjoy working closely with our constituents and partners. Thanks to our accreditation we are able to call upon experts and consultants from the New Mexico MainStreet network to help us help downtown. We are in place to serve the district as a whole and are able to raise money to put directly into our community. Download our FY20 Annual Report.
A SNAPSHOT OF 2019-2020: We created 4 new public art projects, offered direct services to over 40 local businesses, organized 8 virtual concerts, provided training for 10 local entrepreneurs, developed dozens of local promotions, and raised over $900,000 that went directly into supporting projects and programs in the district.
Who we are:
Kara Q. Smith
Kara is a curator and organizer with 10+ years experience working in art and non-profit industries. She loves building community in Downtown Gallup and working together to find solutions that have an impact!
Michael Bulloch, former executive director for Downtown Farmington: A MainStreet Project, is an award-winning artist, but two of his true passions are historic preservation and economic development. He is excited to be working with Kara and the board of Gallup MainStreet, along with all the merchants.
Social Media Manager
Raquel Mentor is a teacher by training, and a coffee-loving content creator by passion. Small business is a family matter – from her grandmother’s makeup business, to her father’s small electronics shop, to her own business, Mentor Marketing, she hopes to help other small businesses find easy and doable ways to market themselves online.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Emerald Tanner, President
Mark Horn, Vice President
Tiffany Benson, Treasurer
Kristian Simcox, Secretary
Rhonda Quintana, Director
Carol Sarath, Director
Mary Walker, Director
Brandon Howe, ex officio
Maryann Ustick, ex officio
FUNDERS + SPONSORS
Learn more about New Mexico MainStreet.
Learn more about New Mexico Arts & Cultural Districts.
Learn more about Main Street America.