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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.

Update from DAAC as of March 18, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

March 18th, 2020|

Due to rapidly changing circumstances with COVID-19, we are requesting that anyone wishing to visit the Dona Ana Arts Council gallery or offices call ahead to be certain someone can be there to help you.  Our number is 575-523-6403. We look forward to returning to our regular hours soon.  Until then, please [...]

Still on! All art classes and workshops are still on for the remainder of March

March 13th, 2020|

The Feed Your Mind art history seminars, Get ArtRageous! Wednesday classes and Artist Workshops WILL take place at the DAAC Arts & Cultural Center.   We will provide sufficient room for safe "social distancing" for class participants, have ample hand sanitizer, and encourage common sense practices of no handshakes and frequent hand-washing. Call [...]

CANCELED: Second Saturday Gallery Reception on March 14

March 13th, 2020|

Due to the coronavirus situation, DAAC has CANCELED the Opening Reception for Dinah Swan that was scheduled to take place this Saturday from 4-7 p.m.  Please stop by the DAAC gallery during regular business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, to see Dinah's stunning pastel paintings.

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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.

Could use most of the day creating

Susan Bruce-Feinsod

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