Southwest New Mexico ACT

by Southwest New Mexico ACT

Supporting: Give Grandly 2022 for Grant County Community Foundation



Southwest New Mexico ACT exists to preserve, enhance, and sustain rural economic development initiatives and the creative economy in Southwestern New Mexico. We spearhead community collaboration through cultural and historic preservation; sponsor and engage the region in arts and cultural events; inspire and promote outdoor recreation, education, and tourism initiatives.

Southwest New Mexico ACT is committed to providing engaging programming for Grant County residents. Through CO. STARTERS, CLAY Festival, The Southwest Clay Arts Trail, the Five Points initiative and partnerships with local organizations like Gila Trails and Open Space Coalition.


CO. STARTERS is a nine-week, cohort-based program that equips entrepreneurs of all kinds with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn business ideas into action. The only real prerequisites to joining the program are (1) having an idea, (2) being willing to question, shape and fine-tune that idea, and (3) being willing to talk about the idea with others. 

CLAY Festival

Taking place every summer in Silver City, New Mexico, the CLAY Festival gathers together artists, educators, entrepreneurs, families, youth, adventurers, and life-long learners to explore clay in its many forms as well as its impact on our history, present, and future.


In collaboration with existing efforts to link Grant County communities via road, bike trails and walkways, the Five Points initiative will support and expand upon county-wide development in the outdoor recreation sector.  The proximity to Historic Fort Bayard will increase tourism activity and cultural programming prospects, as well as enhance connections to the Gila National Forest, Gila River, and Aldo Leopold Wilderness, for locals and tourists to further explore the innumerable natural assets of Southwest New Mexico.