The Doña Arts Council (DAAC) will soon move to new office space at 1740 Calle de Mercado, Suite B, in the Bulletin Plaza in Mesilla, New Mexico. The Arts Council will be open for business at their new location on July 5th, but will continue to operate from their current location on the 2nd floor of the Rio Grande Theatre through June 30, 2017.
Outgoing DAAC President, Scott Breckner, has served on the Arts Council Board of Directors for the past eight years. “It has been the Council’s privilege and honor to lead the community effort in restoring and operating the iconic Rio Grande Theatre for the past eleven years. Once again, we thank those countless volunteers who supported these endeavors. We, of course, will continue to engage ourselves with the theater when and where it is relevant and feasible to our mission. Needless to say, we are counting on the City to actively program and successfully manage the theater for all Doña Ana County residents and the region. We wish them the best toward that end.” says Breckner.
In addition to championing music and the performing arts, the Doña Ana Arts Council’s mission includes support for film, visual and literary artists, while providing art opportunities for the community. According to incoming Board President, Barbara Reasoner, “From our new location in Mesilla, we will continue to serve the residents of Las Cruces and Doña Ana County, as we have since 1971 when the Arts Council was founded. We are looking forward to a bright future and to serving artists and the community in innovative ways.”
DAAC provides numerous opportunities for artists to showcase their work, such as the Renaissance ArtsFaire in the fall, the Las Cruces Arts Fair in the spring, and, for young artists, the Career Art Path, Missoula Children’s Theater and Opera Storytellers summer programs. The Arts Council also partners with the Las Cruces Public Schools and other area schools to integrate art forms into the classrooms.
The Arts Council would like to appeal to our community to attend a fundraising event on June 11 at 3 pm at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main St., Las Cruces. Two documentary films by Ed Breeding will be shown: “The Heart of the Arts” and “Holders of Wisdom”. No tickets are required to attend, but donations to the Arts Council are encouraged. All proceeds will help defray moving expenses and help launch the next chapter of the Arts Council’s future. The Doña Ana Arts Council is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. Your Doñations are tax deductible.
We will like to congratulate The Doña Arts Council on their new location and many more year’s of bringing and supporting the arts.
The Doña Ana Arts Council’s physical address will change to 1740 Calle de Mercado, but the main phone number and mailing address will remain the same: Phone (575) 523-6403; Mailing Address: DAAC, PO Box 1721, Las Cruces, NM 88004. For more information please call (575) 523-6403.