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Welcome to the Doña Ana Arts Council

Proudly serving Las Cruces and Dona Ana County with arts events, festivals, education, support and advocacy.  Located at the DAAC Arts & Cultural Center, 1740 Calle de Mercardo in Mesilla, New Mexico.

Pet Portrait class

September 24th, 2019|

In addition to teaching a two-and-one-half-day workshop, Denver artist Ms. Andy Mallen worked with LCPS elementary students at Valley View during her recent artist residency in Las Cruces.

Painting Pet Portraits with Andy Mallen

September 16th, 2019|

TIME TO PAINT YOUR PETS IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!   Denver artist Andy Mallen is coming back to Las Cruces to teach another workshop on How to Paint Your Pet (and love the results)!   Andy was here in February leading the workshop, ’Puppy Love’ in honor of Valentine’s Day.  And [...]

DAAC Announces new Executive Director

September 12th, 2019|

Doña Ana Arts Council Announces New Executive Director   The Dona Ana Arts Council (DAAC) Board of Directors announces they have hired Steve Ruwoldt as DAAC’s new Executive Director effective October 1, 2019.  Ruwoldt recently left Memorial Medical Center after serving seven years as the Chief Operating Officer.   The Board welcomes [...]

Get ArtRageous! 2-hr “sip, make & take” classes on Wednesdays

August 28th, 2019|

  Desiree Terrazas and Barb Baumann from Barb's Flowerland will be teaching how to make a tropical arrangement using nontropical flowers that are available to us here in the desert. Come practice using the more complex design principles of asymmetry, unity, and harmony and leave with a beautiful fresh floral arrangement.  Register [...]

Art Book Sale

August 23rd, 2019|

Art Book Sale on Saturday, August 24 from 9 am to 2 pm at the Dona Ana Arts & Cultural Center, 1740 Calle de Mercado.  All proceeds benefit children's scholarships for arts education.  

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WHY DO THE ARTS MATTER?

Ever wonder what members of the Dona Ana Arts Council think about art? While not all of us are artist (although we can boast that many of us are), we all share a steadfast appreciation and understanding that the arts are essential to developing our local community and culture. Art connects us, inspires us, and gives our children better tools to learn and change the world around us.

Art feeds the soul. It is the thing that makes 'sense' in a world that sometimes doesn't make sense. It calms the spirit and allows feelings to be safely expressed without harm or injury. It is necessary for a peace-filled life.

Jan Archey

The very first thing most children ever draw is a spiral, then a house, and finally a stick figure. The family of man has always been compelled to make their mark, whether it's on rock, paper, clay, or a painted surface. I believe the arts connects us all on a much deeper level than we will ever realize. Art CAN infuse all the core subjects; creating a visual, kinesthetic, or auditory sensation that finally completes the learning circuit in many young minds. The arts are the bridge that connects us all. So forget about what the product and focus on the process, keep your HeART pumping!

Lisa Carlson

The arts provide the opportunity of satisfaction for everyone who participates. Whether fine arts, performing arts or interpretation of art, the processes and the outcomes can be wonderfully fulfilling. Sometimes the results are surprising, even disappointing. Yet the real yield is the enhancement of a person's knowledge, talent and ability.

Tom K