Roswell Museum and Art Center receives beautification award

October 8, 2010 • Local News

The Keep Roswell Beautiful Business Beautification Award was presented to the Roswell Museum and Art Center Thursday. On hand for the festivities were, from left to right: Laura  Read, Caroline Brooks, Joann Blodgett, Lauri Rufe, Brinkman Randle, Cindy Torrez, Rita Kane- Doerhoefer and John Merchant. (Mark Wilson Photo)

Roswell Museum and Art Center, located at 100 W. 11th St., was awarded Keep Roswell Beautiful’s Business Beautification Award at 2:15 p.m. RMAC also received a sign from KRB to display in front of the museum.

“We [are] elated,” Laurie Rufe, RMAC director, said. “We are so pleased that our grounds have taken an [auth] upward turn … a lot of that has to do with our park project. The ‘park at the park’ and courtyard project have made a huge difference.”

According to Rufe, RMAC’s outdoor beautification began with the museum’s 2009 courtyard project, which was funded by the RMAC Foundation. With the help of the RMAC foundation, the city Parks Department, who “has done a lot of [the] planting [in] the front of the building,” and Garden Crest Landscape Management, RMAC has become a leader in the community’s efforts to “Keep Roswell Beautiful.”

“[It’s] such a wonderful enhancement to our community, that we wanted to award them and let them know how much we appreciate their adding this courtyard, and maintaining it,” Laura Read, Beautification chairwoman, said.

RMAC, founded in 1935, opened its doors in 1937 and has been a longstanding cornerstone of the Roswell community. The museum will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2012.

“We are a grassroots museum,” Rufe said. “We’re heavily linked to the community … we’re really a cultural nexus for the community. The museum celebrates the arts and the history of the Southwest, so it gives people a sense of place and community.”

Renee Roach, coordinator for KRB, said that the addition of the courtyard allows people to recreate in green spaces. In Roach’s eyes, this adds another dimension to the museum.

“They have so many rotating exhibits,” Roach said. “They always have something fresh and unique to come and see, and adding an outdoor space where people can enjoy nature and art at the same time — it is really a unique opportunity for our city. “

For more information about Keep Roswell Beautiful, or to nominate a local business or resident for the Beautification Award, contact the KRB office at (575) 624-6930, or by email at

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