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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.

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.

Marty

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