"The Doña Ana Arts Council"

At the Historic Rio Grande Theatre

About US

The Doña Ana Arts Council, Inc. (The Arts Council) supports all the arts in Las Cruces and the greater Mesilla Valley. The Arts Council also operates the Historic Rio Grande Theatre. More…


The Renaissance ArtsFaire is the largest cultural festival in the region. Established in 1971, this juried show attracts entertainers, artists, and artisans from all over the country as well as over 20,000 visitors annually. All proceeds benefit the arts education and artist support programs of the Arts Council.

The Las Cruces Arts Fair at the Las Cruces Convention Center, inaugurated in 2011, presents the work of more than 70 artists as well as continuous workshops and children’s art activities. Proceeds benefit the Doña Ana Arts Council and the Rio Grande Theatre.

The Annual Community Arts Awards are presented by the Arts Council to honor those individuals and organizations who have made extraordinary contributions to the cultural life of Southern New Mexico. The event is a fun-filled evening of food, drink and dancing with recent themes of “Havana Nights”, “Putting On the Ritz, and “Saddle Up!” adding a cultural flavor to the party.