Career Art Path June 14-25, 2021

Career Art Path, June 14- 25, 2021 is a visual arts camp for thirty 5th to 8th graders. During this two-week experience, participants will explore art-related careers through hands-on activities and working artists will be guest speakers. Lisa Carlson, a Kennedy Center trained art teacher and Hiba Mohammed, also an art teacher will run CAP […]

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 […]

DAAC Gallery 2022 Call for Artists

We are now accepting applications for 2022 shows in our gallery space. In addition to our main gallery we have a smaller space in the Staszewski Library. The fee for the large gallery space is $100 and the smaller space is $50. We rotate gallery shows on a monthly basis. Every application will be juried. […]

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 […]

2021 Opera Storytellers Camp with Christa Fredrickson July 19 -30, 2021

Opera Storytellers Camp will be directed by Christa Fredrickson of Centennial High School. The camp, which takes place July 19-30, 2021 is open to students 3rd through 12th grades. Participants will compose and perform their own 30-minute musical drama based on the hero’s journey. Students will also learn the technical aspects of lighting and sound, […]


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 June 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” […]