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Calling all artists! Artesia MainStreet will be hosting an ARTesia Art Walk on Aug. 29 – so if you’re an artist interested in selling your work, please call/text Rebecca at 746- 1117! — We are excited and honored to be hosting the New Mexico MainStreet Summer Networking Meeting and 30th Anniversary Celebration this week.

Please help us give a warm Artesia welcome to MainStreet directors, board members and volunteers from across the state.

What is Artesia MainStreet Inc.? We have been a part of this community since 1997, but often people ask, “What do you do?” Our goals include educating the public about downtown Artesia’s unique development, historical value, and architectural heritage; encouraging preservation of the area and its structures; combating the economic causes of community deterioration; and promoting community pride and civic interest in historic downtown Artesia.

We envision Artesia Main Street as an economically active and energetic historic downtown where, because of its attractive, clean, shaded, pedestrian-friendly, small-town atmosphere, people will want to live, visit, shop and work.

AMS began as a grassroots effort in 1997 to revitalize the appearance and spirit of our small town’s dilapidated downtown area. Volunteers began hosting activities to draw the community’s attention to downtown as a destination place and began working with landscape architects and engineers to create a master plan for downtown rehabilitation.

Artesia MainStreet was incorporated on Nov. 24, 1997.

Under the guidelines of Main- Street National Trust, a division of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, AMS became a nonprofit organization, obtaining 501(c)(3) status on Sept. 1, 1998. In 1998, the Artesia City Council approved the master plan, enabling Artesia MainStreet Inc. to spearhead downtown renovation and encourage merchant and community unity.

Please take advantage of and enjoy the hard work the city, our organization, and our volunteers have put into Main Street! Stay up to date with the latest from Artesia MainStreet by becoming our friend on Facebook! Find us at http://www.facebook.com/artesia.mainstreet. For more information, visit our homepage at http://www.artesiamainstreet.com or call 746-1117.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Rebecca Prendergast is the manager of Artesia MainStreet, 510 W. Main St. She can be reached at 746-1117.)