Center for the Arts, 122 W Broadway Street Hobbs, New Mexico 88240 US             575-397-ARTS (2787)​                                                 Hours of Operation:            Tues-Fri. 11-7pm, Sat. 10-4pm

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Bethany Freidenbloom

Arts Instructor

Ruben Baca was born and raised in Amarillo, TX, where he lived for 18 years. He moved to Hobbs in 2013 and is currently a student at the New Mexico Junior College. Ruben started as a semester intern at the Center before being hired as the Gallery Assistant. He is now the Administrative Assistant for the Center. Aside from working at the Center, Baca travels as a musician/poet to various venues around New Mexico and Texas as both as a solo folk act as well as with his new band, Ruben Baca Band.

The Lea County Commission for the Arts, Located at the Center for the Arts in downtown Hobbs, is a growing, non-profit, member supported, organization that exists to provide you with information about visual, performing, live music, and the literary arts. The LCCA supports Southwest Symphony, the Hobbs Community Players, Llano Estacado Art Association, Western Heritage Museum, Lea County Museum, and the Center for the Arts.​

The mission of the Lea County Commission for the Arts is to provide leadership, vision, and support to ensure the availability and diversity of the arts in Lea County. The objective of the commission is to promote excellence in the further development of the visual, literary and performing arts in Lea County.

Mission Statement

Andrew Akufo moved from Oklahoma City to Hobbs, NM in 2013. He graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2012 with a BFA in Studio Art. He is the current Executive Director of the Center for the Arts in Hobbs, yet still remains very active exhibiting in numerous solo, group, and juried shows. His work has been featured in publications such as Persimmon Hill, the Lovington LEADER, News-Sun and the Oklahoman among others. He also has work in permanent collections such as the National Western Heritage Cowboy Museum, Owens Arts Place Museum and the University of Central Oklahoma. Andrew has studied art in America, Italy, Hungary, and Slovenia. Represented by galleries in both Oklahoma and Arizona, Andrew continues to work on his various series as well as commission projects.

Bethany Freidenbloom (AKA Mrs. F) moved to Hobbs in 2011 from Midland, TX, where she was a 5th grade teacher. She is now an elementary arts instructor for the Hobbs Municipal Schools, arts instructor at the Center for the Arts and the 21st Century Community Learning Centers site coordinator for the Center for the Arts.  Mrs. F graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education.  She is also a certified teacher in both Texas and New Mexico.

  • Connie Byrd, Director at Large

  • Kasie Taylor, Director at Large

  • Jessica Tovar, Director at Large

  • Lucinda Laro, Director at Large

  • ​Jennifer Tovar, Director at Large​

  • Christene Mitchell, Director at Large​​

Board of Directors

  • Paul Newey, President

  • Vicki Goff, Vice-President

  • Noah Marshall, Treasurer

  • Paulie Gladden, Secretary

  • Dean Parker, Director at Large

  • Joyce Walker, Director at Large

Ruben Baca 

Administrative Assistant


Andrew Akufo
Executive Director