Mora Arts & Cultural Compound

The Mora Arts and Cultural Compound

Mora Arts and Cultural Compound is a “space” designated by our amazing New Mexico MainStreet and embracing the “spirit” of old fashion values, community, culture, and all the goodness our valley has to offer.

Originally created as a grass roots group, we now have state designation through New Mexico MainStreet as New Mexico‘s first Arts and Cultural Compound. We are proud that our small community qualified worthy of designation in such a focused and well intentioned statewide program. We focus on community projects that include creative economy, community activities from events to classes, and overall “what is good for Our Mora.”

It is important to be good stewards of the resources provided to us. Most of our projects are made possible through community donation. It is note worthy that Mora’s accomplishment is without paid staff. We may not be rich financial assets, but, we are rich in commitment to our community, and making a new way to keep our beloved valley in a valued state while addressing a need to make a sustainable life.

Please contact us if you have questions, or are interested in volunteering at an event or to be on one of our committees: Youth Activities, Mora Beautification, Fall Festival. We will have more projects in the future. Right now our focus is on doing a few things well, encouraging our community that good things can happen in little steps.

Our Current Coordinating Council

A Very Hard-working Board!

Frank Maestas
President
Ruth Ann Roybal-Greigo
Vice President

I am a life long resident of Mora. I hold a degree in Accounting from NMHU. At current, I have chosen to remain home with my two young boys as a mother, wife and homeschool teacher. I also, operate a small organic farm “Ranchito Organic Farm” selling produce through the local Coop - Los De Mora Local Growers. I am currently, serving as the Vice-President of the Arts and Cultural Compound for Mora County. 

Los de Mora Growers' Cooperative
Anita Moss
Coordinator

I have volunteered in my communities since I was a child. I see myself as an optimistic realist. That being said, creativity, passion, and hard work, I believe, is still the ultimate combination to create success. 
Seeing our community come together with projects and volunteer opportunities is so inspiring. The inspiration from family and friends who have seen lifted spirits, increased volunteers in community events and increased investments solidifies that this work is very much worth while and we need to keep making the effort. 
This is the place I have loved living the most and grateful to plan to stay! 

Sara Martinez
Treasurer

Mora has been my home, and my families for generations. I appreciate what our quiet community has to offer to our families. There are a lot of advantages and challenges in a small community. Being able to work with projects the Mora Arts and Cultural Compound produce is important. These events and projects are what I hoped we would have in Mora. 

Merl Witt
Mora County Economic Development Corporation

Merl has lived in Mora for the past 14 years. In 2008, he co-founded the Mora Valley Ranch Supply Company. In 2013, he helped establish the St. Vrain Mill Preservation and Historical Foundation. He currently serves as its President. His is the present President of the Mora County Economic Development Corporation and seven on the Mora County Economic & Community Development Committee (2010-2014). He has serve in several positions on the Mora Valley Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife, Melanie, have a hobby ranch, GreySpirit Ranch near Guadalupita. 

Connie Krusemark
Mora Community Theater

A former middle school secretary, Connie hails from central Kansas but has made Mora her home for the last 10 years.  She likes to sing with local choral societies and is the Secretary-Treasurer for Immanuel Lutheran Church in Las Vegas and volunteers at Comedor de San Pascual soup kitchen.  Connie has been in numerous community theater productions back in Kansas.

Ken Krusemark
St. Vrain Historical Preservation

A former Licensed Engineer in Kansas, Ken has built his retirement home in the Mora community and has lived here for 10 years.  He actively serves on the St. Vrain Mill Bd. of Directors, is the Treasurer for Comedor de San Pascual soup kitchen and Chairman of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Las Vegas.  He loves to photograph the many many wonders of the Mora Valley.

Ellen Haggaman
St. Gertrude Church
Norma Philipps
Community Member

The Coordinating Council shall be comprised of no more than four (4) community at-large community members plus no more than seven (7) representatives from the following institutions/organizations/entities: (See Bi-Laws page 4)

Our Documents

(Available for Download)

Mora ACC Bylaws
Arts & Cultural Districts Brochure: Mora
Survey Report
AC Compound Cultural ED Plan Scope

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