Red Dirt Black Gold Festival

Oil, Music, Art…Making the Connection

The rumors are TRUE! The Artesia Arts and Cultural District in conjunction with the Artesia Arts Council is proud to present Artesia’s inaugural Red Dirt Black Gold Festival. This event will be held Saturday, August 29, 2015, and will salute Artesia’s oilfield industry and the people that help to drive our economy. The Red Dirt Black Gold Festival will feature live bands including Turnpike Troubadours, Cody Canada (former lead singer of Cross Canadian Ragweed) and other national and regional acts. Bands Kick-off at 3:00 PM. There will be a BrewFest and lots of other activities including an Oilfield Parade down Main Street, an Oilfield Cook-off and Oilfield Olympics.  Click Here for Applications & More Information!

What's Happening

"The Foundation"

We are dedicating "The Foundation" statue on Friday, July 29th at 7:30 p.m.! The public is cordially invited to the Artesia Public Library roundabout for the celebration.

Making Strides

Finance New Mexico outlines the progress Artesia Mainstreet is making. Read the article here.

Wall of Honor

Click here to download the Baish Veterans Park Wall of Honor Application information. Applications will be accepted beginning January 1, 2015. Deadline for submission is March 31, 2016.


Artesia Walking Tour

Go ahead and take a virtual tour of Artesia, NM. Once you're done, come see us, and take the tour for yourself. You'll get to see everything that Artesia has to offer.


Works in Progress

We are working on great things in Artesia. Take a look at some of our current projects. Then, see some of our finished projects in our accomplishments page.


Downtown Merchants

Our downtown merchants are what make Artesia great. Take a look at some of what downtown Artesia has to offer, and take a look at our great list of local merchants.


Spring Activities

The public is cordially invited to the official unveiling and dedication of “The Foundation” statue, at the library roundabout!  The dedication will begin at 7:30 p.m., and will include speakers, music and a sweet treat after the ceremony co-hosted by the Friends of the Artesia Public Library!  We are beyond proud and excited to share this beautiful piece of public art with the citizens of Artesia, and with our family and friends!  

CALLING ALL ARTISTS!!  Join us in celebrating the Red Dirt Black Gold Festival (Aug. 29th-Downtown Artesia) by contributing a piece of original art work that will be on display during the Red Dirt Black Gold Art Walk!  In addition your work will be photographed and turned into a deck of playing cards!!  The original pieces will be sold during the Art Walk, and the deck will be available for purchase before Christmas. Read More »