A year ago, the Doña Ana Arts Council made a bitter-sweet move from our “forever home” at the Rio Grande Theatre as we handed over the management of the theatre to the City of Las Cruces.
We’ve more than proved the axiom that when one door closes another door opens. And what a door it has turned out to be with our new offices and the Arts and Cultural Center located in the historic town of Mesilla!
In addition to putting on the 47th Renaissance ArtsFaire, the 8th annual Las Cruces Arts Fair, the much-touted Community Arts Awards and the myriad children’s arts education programs, what follows is a sampling of our accomplishments in one short year in the continuation of our mission “…to enhance the quality of life and develop the cultural, educational, and economic growth of our community.”
- Arts and Cultural Center proudly hosts monthly art shows featuring local and regional artists
- Get ArtRageous! – weekly two-hour art lessons taught by local artists
- Feed Your Mind – a series of seminars that this year covered the history of
art in New Mexico, a four-week review of the impressionists, a two-week exploration of the Nile, and one-week lectures on retablos, self portraits, and wine and beer making
- Casa Concerts & Events – music and theatre performed in the intimate setting of our Arts and Cultural Center
- Promoting Art in the Mesilla Valley – the free and open to the public monthly series designed to support and educate artists, arts organizations and art galleries
- Special events such as the recent ¡Dale Gas! (Step on it!) concert and lowrider car show and display of the New Mexico History Museum’s photography exhibit “Lowriders, Hoppers and Hot Rods”
- A major player in the development of the Las Cruces Arts and Cultural District
- Arts education programs for children: Career Art Path, Santa Fe Opera Storytellers Camp, Kennedy Center Partners in Education with LCPS, Missoula Children’s Theater, and Youth art workshops at the La Casa Shelter
After our move, we had the honor of adding J Paul Taylor to our roster as an honorary director of the Arts Council. His counsel during this time has proved immeasurably helpful.
The Doña Ana Arts Council staff and board of directors thank the community for the tremendous encouragement we’ve received during this transitional year. We remain stalwart in our support of our children’s programs, artists, arts organizations, galleries and lovers of all art! As a non-profit organization, we appreciate and count on the support we receive. We’re only limited by our imaginations and resources in the innovative ways we can continue to support our constituents in the Mesilla Valley.
Barbara Reasoner, Board President
Doña Ana Arts Council
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