Plans to feature the historical importance of railroads to Tucumcari by Eastern New Mexico Art Space received a boost on Friday.
Art Space received two grants on Friday, one from the Union Pacific Foundation and another from the Mesalands Community College Hispanic Serving Institutions Assisting Communities program, for a public art collaboration that will show the railroad’s involvement in the development of Tucumcari.
Combined, the two organizations contributed $12,000 to develop the project that will be used for a mural and sculpture in the development of the train depot as an anchor attraction in the downtown redevelopment being led by Tucumcari Main Street, said David Buchen, director of Art Space.
The project also ties into the Tucumcari's 100th year Community Anniversary, Buchen said.
Art Space will start the project as soon as planning has been completed for the station and surrounding area, Buchen said.
Art Space is hoping to have this project focus on the railroad workers and their involvement in helping to build Tucumcari. To become involved, call Art Space at 461-9908
While in Tucumcari, Luis Heredia, director of Public Affairs for Union Pacific Railroad, also contributed $2,500 to the Quay County United Way for its projects.
Last year, the UPF donated $5,000 to the Tucumcari Historical Museum for some of its projects.