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.  

Load More Posts


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.

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

The arts are essential to education, quality of life, and economic development.