Mural to be painted on Eddy County Courthouse

A screenshot from the March 16, 2021 Eddy County Commission meeting shows a bare wall that will be painted over with a mural depicting highlights of the County.

A bare wall at the Eddy County Courthouse in Carlsbad will have new purpose in the near future. 

Tuesday, Eddy County Board of Commissioners approved the installation of a mural welcoming visitors to Carlsbad and Eddy County as part of a project undertaken by the Pearl of the Pecos Arts and Cultural District, read a presentation from Kathleen Davis, director, to commissioners.

Eddy County Manager Allen Davis said Eddy County Lodger’s Tax would provide money to supplement the mural. Cost of the project was $10,000.

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In a memo to commissioners, Kathleen Davis said the mural could bring more tourism “and traffic to the County and Carlsbad downtown district.”

“Mural and art tourism are both thriving sectors of tourism gaining more and more traction in recent years,” she wrote in the memo.

Kathleen Davis, director of the Carlsbad Arts and Culture District stands in Halagueno Arts Park, Oct. 7, 2020 in downtown Carlsbad.

“Murals have the opportunity to tell the community’s story.”

In the memo, she cited the objective of the mural in the Downtown and Cultural District is to establish the boundaries of the district, beautify and deter littering, increase foot traffic and become an economic driver for business in the district.

“By beautifying our arts and cultural district, visitors to the area will be inclined to stay in town for longer periods of time and not only see our natural tourist destinations, but also visit the downtown district to appreciate the art, beauty, and unique story our murals will tell,” per the memo.