Career Art Path

Career Art Path, is a visual arts camp for 5th to 8th graders. During this two-week experience, participants explore art-related careers through hands-on activities and working artists are the guest speakers. This past June the topics included: Working with Clay, Set Design, Photography and Social Media, Mixed Media Sculpture , Jewelry Design, Architecture Design, Plasma […]

Opera Storytellers Camp

2021 Opera Storytellers Camp was directed by Christa Fredrickson of Centennial High School. The camp, which took July 19-30, 2021 was open to students 3rd through 12th grades. The participants composed and performed their own 30-minute musical drama tiled “Girl Meets Whirlpool” was based on the hero’s journey. Students learned the technical aspects of lighting […]

Missoula Children’s Theatre

The Arts Council has been hosting The Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT), for almost 20 years. MCT is the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre, has been touring extensively for more than 40 years now from Montana to Japan, and will visit nearly 1,200 communities this year with up to 44 teams of Tour Actor/Directors. A tour […]

Doña Ana Arts Council Board of Directors

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE DAN LERE, Board President; 1st term ends: 6/30/22 TOM KIRSCHBAUM, Vice President; 1st term ends: 6/30/22 MICHAEL MANDEL, Treasurer;  2nd term ends: 6/30/21 HAL HENTHORNE; Member at Large; 1st term ends 6/30/22 BARBARA REASONER,  Past President; 2nd term ends: 6/30/22 DIRECTORS, CONTINUED FEDERICO ALMAREZ;  1st term ends 6/30/22 EMMITT BOOHER; 2nd term ends  6/30/22 SHERRY DOIL […]

2022 DAAC Gallery Schedule

Jan 2022 – Darien Bogart, American Landscape & Wildlife Painter Feb 2022 – For the Love of Art Month, ArtForm’s Member Show March 2022 – Group Photography Show featuring Krista Anderson, John Craig, & Aliso Tinsley April 2022 – Fiber Show featuring local fiber artists to include Svea Peterson & Judy Licht May 2022 – […]

Artist Relief Fund Continues in 2021

Since last August generous donors have made it possible for the Doña Ana Arts Council to offer $100 grants to artists needing assistance. We have distributed all of the available donations to artists who have applied. We extend our sincere gratitude to all donors to this fund, and we hope such inspired giving has made […]


The Doña Ana Arts Council (DAAC) is conducting a call for artists residing in southern New Mexico and El Paso to submit work for a juried online exhibit titled Metaphor for a Virus, Response to the Current Global Pandemic.  We  will continue accepting entries until August 2021.  The online gallery is hosted on the DAAC […]

Arts and Cultural District

In 2014, an ACD Task Force was formed to explore opportunities to create an ACD in Las Cruces. The Task Force was anchored by the Doña Ana Arts Council, Downtown Las Cruces Partnership, and the City. In 2015, the Task Force re-formed into a cross-sector, 11-member ACD Coordinating Council and began developing the first “municipally-designated” […]