Established in 1971, the Doña Ana Arts Council is a non-profit organization created to enhance the quality of life in Las Cruces and Southern New Mexico by ensuring that the performing, visual, and literary arts are an integral part of education, economic growth, and community development. By staging memorable events, producing innovative programs, supporting emerging artists, and leading the arts community with effective advocacy, the Arts Council continues to broaden the vision of the arts in the greater Mesilla Valley.


Through the arts, enhance the quality of life and develop the cultural, educational, and economic growth of our community.


 A community where the arts thrive.

The Dona Ana Arts Council restored and reopened the historic Rio Grande Theatre in 2005. In partnership with the City of Las Cruces, the Arts Council continues to manage the theatre on a year-round basis.