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.

Get ArtRageous! Clay Play with Lisa Carlson – Part 2

January 8th, 2020|

Three-hour "sip, make & take" art class with all materials supplied and light refreshments.  Come learn and have fun! Come play in clay!! This is a two-part Get ArtRageous! class:   Part 2 on January 29, 2020 .  REGISTER HERE       Part 1 was held January 8 and is a pre-requisite [...]

Save the Date! Las Cruces Arts Fair March 6 – 8, 2020

December 5th, 2019|

The 10th Annual Las Cruces Arts Fair will take place on March 6-8, 2020 at the Las Cruces Convention Center.  Tickets are $10 for a 3-day pass. Over 120 international, regional and local fine artists.  Featured Artist:  Abel Garcia, originally from Las Cruces, now living & working in Dallas, Texas. Live entertainment. [...]

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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.

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

Without the arts it would be a dull world - one that our children couldn't flourish in. Art is all around us and should be appreciated and loved.


The arts matter to me because they allow us to freely express how we interpret our surroundings. Great works of art inspire others to open their senses up to how beautiful the world is that oftentimes we simply take for granted.

Fran Lavery