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Arts Council declares 2021 ‘The Year of the Artist’


Doña Ana Arts Council’s (DAAC) Executive director Greg Smith has declared 2021 “The Year of the Artist.” 

“The year 2021 is a year of promise,” Smith said in a DAAC news release. “Twelve months ago, we might not have anticipated it as such, but here we are thankful for one year's end and another's promise as it begins. We at DAAC are honored that Doña Ana County and municipalities within our county are joining us with resolutions before them proclaiming a special designation for the year opening before us.

“Our vision for ‘2021 – The Year of the Artist’ – is multi-faceted and includes celebrating 50 years of DAAC serving our community; 50 years of the Renaissance ArtsFaire entertaining and educating us; a third year of the Las Cruces Arts and Cultural District, highlighting some of our historic cultural and artistic assets; coming triumphs over the pandemic; the power of the arts in driving our creative economy; and the pride we here can take in the works created by the artists of our region. 

“The arts may not be as directly effective as a vaccine, but they can certainly serve as tonics in difficult times,” Smith said. “They can help us process and recover from difficulties, anticipate and envision better times and communicate both through the spoken and written word, as well as through language unspoken and unwritten. Thus, we at DAAC are all in for 2021 being historic, positive, productive and well-suited to being ‘The Year of the Artist.’” 

DAAC is located at 250 W. Amador Ave. Regular business hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and noon-5 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month.

Call 575-523-6403. Visit www.daarts.org.