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.
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.
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.
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.
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)