Mora MainStreet

The Mora Arts & 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!

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. 

St Gertrude's Church
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. 

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.

Norma Philipps
Community Member

Over the years, it has given me great joy to do volunteer work and be on the Boards of Directors of some wonderful nonprofit organizations—and I bring all this background to the Mora Creative Council.  I worked with a human rights entity in Denver, Colorado for many years, and then did work in small rural towns and cities when I lived in the mountains of western Colorado. Currently I am part of Hummingbird Transformational Living Center in Cleveland, NM, where we steward the ecological health of the land and sponsor classes, programs and retreats for those who want to grow in their knowledge and conscious participation in our evolving and peaceful planet earth.

 

Suzanne DeVos-Cole
Mora County Extension Agent
Suzanne DeVos-Cole has lived in Mora with her family for 11 years. She is the Mora County Extension Agent and in her position, partners with the Mora Creative Council to administer programs for the youth to expand their knowledge of their environments, teach them new skills, and diversify their experiences. Suzanne is an avid gardener and enjoys reading, knitting and traveling.
Rachel Rogers
Mora Independent School System

I’m the Food Service Director of 12 years, for the Mora Independent School District. I currently sit on the Mora Creative Council Board as a Representative of the MISD. I also serve on the New Mexico School Nutrition Association Board as the Region 3 Chairperson. I’m a lifelong resident of Mora County and am passionate about School Nutrition and assisting with community outreach.

Charles Curtain
Community Member
Charles Curtin first came to Mora county a decade ago to manage a bison ranch and has stayed to develop large-scale biomass energy projects that seek to sustain our forests while improving local livelihoods. For many years, Charles has worked on conservation and development projects with rural communities. This has included helping found or directing some of the pioneering collaborative conservation projects in the West, as well as founding or teaching in academic programs at MIT, Harvard, and other universities. He is the author of numerous books and papers on collaborative conservation and consensus-driven natural resource management. He brings to MCC three decades of experience with non-profits and an interest in seeing the arts used to raise people's awareness of their environment and connect people in rural communities. 
 
Ashley Aaragon
Mora County Representative

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)

Original Review from MainStreet

(Available for Download)

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

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