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: LauraÂ 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 Beautifulâ€™s Business Beautification Award at 2:15 p.m. RMAC also received a sign from KRB to display in front of the museum.
â€œWe [are] elated,â€ Laurie Rufe, RMAC director, said. â€œWe are so pleased that our grounds have taken an upward turn â€¦ a lot of that has to do with our park project. The â€˜park at the parkâ€™ and courtyard project have made a huge difference.â€
According to Rufe, RMACâ€™s outdoor beautification began with the museumâ€™s 2009 courtyard project, which was funded by the RMAC Foundation. With the help of the RMAC foundation, the city Parks Department, who â€œhas done a lot of [the] planting [in] the front of the building,â€ and Garden Crest Landscape Management, RMAC has become a leader in the communityâ€™s efforts to â€œKeep Roswell Beautiful.â€
â€œ[Itâ€™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,â€ 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.
â€œWe are a grassroots museum,â€ Rufe said. â€œWeâ€™re heavily linked to the community â€¦ weâ€™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.â€
Renee Roach, coordinator for KRB, said that the addition of the courtyard allows people to recreate in green spaces. In Roachâ€™s eyes, this adds another dimension to the museum.
â€œThey have so many rotating exhibits,â€ Roach said. â€œThey 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 â€” it is really a unique opportunity for our city. â€œ
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 info@KeepRoswellBeautiful.com.