gallupARTS, in partnership with the City of Gallup, has received a $150,000 “Our Town” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Matched by $150,000 from local government, institutions and organizations, this $300,000 total grant will fund a creative placemaking project in downtown Gallup. It will support a community-based, collaborative design process to re-imagine Coal Avenue as a signature “event street” and creative commercial hub.



– Check out our project website:

– “Like” our Facebook page @CoalAvenueCommons.


1. Help us get this project off on the right foot by attending the Coal Avenue Commons Kick Off Event.

      When: Tuesday, May 1 at 6pm

      Where: El Morro Theatre

      What: Meet the project team, hear from Creative Placemaking gurus from across the country and help launch the “visioning” process.

2. Participate in the “Coal Avenue Commons: In One Word” activity:

      Step 1: Imagine your ideal future downtown Gallup: what one word captures your vision?

      Step 2: Post your word to on the @ArtsCrawlGallup or @CoalAvenueCommons Facebook pages, or e-mail it to by May 5 to have it included in a temporary graffiti mural visualizing everyone’s contributions, painted by local artist Bear Mescale.

      Step 3: The mural will be revealed at ArtsCrawl: Pop! on May 12th from 7 – 9pm.