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February 23, 2017
Mayor Knox White in discussion with Mayor Javier Gonzales

February 21, 2017 Santa Fe, New Mexico: NMSA (New Mexico School for the Arts), Creative Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission announced today that Mayor Knox White of Greenville, South Carolina will be in Santa Fe for a public talk and dialog on Wednesday, March 1, 2017at 6:00 pm at the New Mexico History Museum auditorium. His talk will be on How Students and the Arts Fuel a Vibrant Downtown.

Following Mayor White's presentation, Mayor Javier Gonzales will join him onstage to discuss how students and the arts can create a vibrant downtown Santa Fe. The discussion will be moderated by entrepreneur and One New Mexico founder Alan Webber.  

New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA), in collaboration with Creative Santa Fe, Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission, invited Mayor White to visit Santa Fe to discuss the impact of arts on economic development. Under his leadership, the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities has flourished and has proven to be an instrumental driving force in creating a vibrant downtown in Greenville.

For many years, South Carolina Governor's School has offered professional guidance to NMSA. Now that NMSA has a permanent home in the Railyard, Mayor White continues to be a key advisor. On March 1st, he will discuss how students and the arts fuel a vibrant downtown and create a lasting impact on a city.

"I am excited to speak to the leaders of Santa Fe about the impact that the arts can have on economic development." Stated Mayor Knox White, "The South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities continues to complement our vibrant downtown area and the presence of students keeps our city lively and welcoming. The arts in Greenville are an integral part of our identity and enhance the quality of our city center."

With a permanent campus at the site of the former Sanbusco Market Center, NMSA will now have the capacity to serve more than 300 students. NMSA's students, families, and audiences will make a significant contribution to the vitality of the Railyard district and greater downtown Santa Fe. NMSA's campus will also require expanded staff, technology, and faculty, adding 128 jobs and taxes to the local economy.

"It is my privilege to welcome Mayor White to Santa Fe. His experience in creating an energetic city through art and youth is inspirational. Our community is filled with young artists who have incredible potential to help our city grow, and Greenville serves as an excellent example of investing in the arts." 

- Mayor Javier Gonzales

A recent study by the local O'Donnell Economics & Strategy firm revealed that at full enrollment, the new NMSA campus over the next 10 years stands to contribute more than $80 million in jobs, tax revenues, and service income to city and state economies.

"It makes sense that we develop and nurture our own talent. It's a win/win to boost economic development while supporting our future workforce. New Mexico School for the Arts has proven itself as an educational gem with a 95% graduation rate and the first Blue Ribbon Award in Santa Fe for closing the achievement gap. Greenville is a clear example of ways that NMSA can bring great returns for the Santa Fe economy as it did for the City of Greenville."

- Catherine Oppenheimer, Co-founder of NMSA

 Media contact: Beckie Mascolo (505) 490-6187 [bot protected email address]





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