Thanks to a grant from the Art in Public Places Project of New Mexico Arts, the Town of Edgewood will host five temporary art installations this summer. Selected projects will be on display from June 30-August 30, and provide an opportunity for artists to share their creativity with the community and be paid for their efforts through the grant.

A total of 25 qualified submissions were received from throughout the state, and a local committee selected five projects which they feel will intrigue and inspire Edgewood residents and visitors. The selected artists will complete there installations on or before June 29. The Town of Edgewood will host an opening day reception and the exhibits will remain in place until August 30.  The Edgewood Arts Trail will allow residents and visitors to spend time experiencing the artistic and natural beauty of Edgewood. The locations are NEW Edgewood Library (2), Sports Pavilion/Soccer Field, Edgewood Police/Animal Control, and Wildlife West,  More information here:

This wonderful opportunity was brought to the community through Route 66 Arts Alliance, a local non-profit organization of artists and performers who regularly host and promote art shows and performances,  offer art-related classes for adults and teens, and a run a summer arts program for youth.

The theme for this project is Persistence. NM Arts suggests references for persistence: the persistence of drought climates, persistence of Route 66, persistence of memory/nostalgia, persistence of small cities in New Mexico, persistence of cultures, persistence of survival, persistence of high desert flora and fauna. Artists may use their own interpretation, not limited the these.

A panel made up of Edgewood community members from Town of Edgewood, Route 66 Arts Alliance, Wildlife West Nature Park, and Edgewood Chamber of Commerce selected the five projects from all submissions.