These New Mexico towns and cities embody the ideal that Arts & Cultural Districts strive to represent. Each community is rich in its own unique history and artistic expression. Las Vegas and Silver City were the first districts, authorized as Pilot communities in January 2008. As funding has been made available from the state legislature new districts have been added in Artesia, DowntownABQ, Gallup, Los Alamos, and Raton. Mora is the first Cultural Compound in the program, added in 2014.