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DAAC RenFaire returns in person, celebrates half a century


From a blessing and visits with vendors setting up Friday evening by Piro-Manso-Tiwa cacique and tribal members to historical notes shared on the main stage on Sunday, the “Bridging Cultures” theme was very much in evidence at the 50th Renaissance ArtsFaire. We thank everyone who contributed to the respect shown to all cultures.

We couldn’t have asked for better weather or a better turnout to celebrate 50 years of this event in Las Cruces! People really seemed to enjoy the opportunity to get out and make this a very Renaissance sort of moment in our community.

On the (Doña Ana Arts Councill side of things, I have to thank truly amazing staff, interns, volunteers and board members for the incredible work done to make this event happen. Then, our collaborations with various congenial City of Las Cruces departments, loyal sponsors and supporters, helpful service and generous product providers (including our friends in the media!) and enthusiastic citizens and visitors made things come together in a spectacular way. Topping it all off were the wonderful arts and delicious food vendors, the groups providing a fun array of activities in the Children’s Realm as well as information about astronomy and other endeavors, and especially the many superb performers on the stages and throughout Young Park.

Something we started in 2020, during the pandemic, was an online auction. We did that again this year and got a very good response. We hoped it was both a way to add to the Faire and a way for those not able to attend to still participate.

After all of the fun, learning and art collecting, we still have to remember how this iconic event helps the Arts Council continue its work in providing arts support and activities in our community, especially the programs benefitting our young people.

We wanted to ensure that 50 years of the “RenFaire” were celebrated in a memorable way. It looks like we succeeded!

Doña Ana Arts Council, Renaissance ArtsFaire