Our Mission

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

Our Vision

Our vision is a community where the Arts thrive.

Performing the Work of Arts

50 Years of Cultivating Creativity

Established in 1971, we proudly serve Las Cruces and Doña Ana County with art events, festivals, education, support and advocacy.

The Doña Ana Arts Council (DAAC) is a non-profit 501c3 organization.

Your inspiration and energy sustain us

We invite you to stimulate your senses and enrich your spirit by joining the creative community at the Doña Ana Arts Council.

Our Venue

The Arts & Cultural Center in Downtown Las Cruces

The Arts & Cultural Center and DAAC offices are located at 250 W. Amador Ave., Las Cruces, NM.    The venue has a large gallery space where we feature a different artist every month.  Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Every Second Saturday, we’re open from 12 noon to 5 p.m.  Please stop by for a visit!


The venue, and the baby grand piano, are available to rent for meetings, receptions and parties.  Non-profit organizations are eligible for special rates.  We’d love to have you here!

Call 575-523-6403 for information.

Staff Members

Gregory Z. Smith, Executive Director

Karen Conley, Program Manager

Catherine Pitcaithley, Receptionist

Isacc Ramos, Intern

Gabriella Lopez , Intern

Doña Ana Arts Council Board of Directors

Dan Lere – President

Hal Henthorne – Vice President

Michael Mandel – Treasurer

Tom Kirschenbaum – Secretary

Barbara Reasoner – Past President

Federico Almarez – Board Member

Mary Helen Ratje – Board Member

Jackie Mitchell Edwards – Board Member

Hannah Cole – Board Member

Community Partnerships

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