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Arts and Culture

City officials recognize that quality of life isn’t only represented by good streets, reliable utilities, or the many programs and services provided. Quality of life is enhanced by support of a community’s art and cultural resources, and the City of Las Cruces is a proud example of this support. The City Art Board comprises seven members appointed by the Mayor with advice and consent of the City Council. The board serves in an advisory capacity to the City Council in matters related to public art.

The City of Las Cruces supports artists in the community. The City Council passed Resolution 15-126 that establishes a dedicated funding source for the solicitation of artists, the procurement, installation and maintenance of current and future pieces of public art by setting aside 1 percent of the general fund in the Capital Improvement Program (CIP).

Las Cruces hosts a wealth of arts and cultural resources that provide residents and visitors with unforgettable experiences. Only a fraction are included here to get you started on your next adventures.


The Las Cruces Convention and Visitors Bureau provides more information on Las Cruces and Surrounding Area Galleries.

Dona Ana Arts Council lists current events related to visual arts, artist support, arts education, arts festivals and much more.

New Mexico State University Department of Art serves a diverse population through its dynamic and rigorous studio, design and art history and art conservation programs.

Performing Arts

The City of Las Cruces has established a Film Office, which is the liaison between City government and filmmakers.

For a complete list of performing arts groups, go to the Las Cruces Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The City of Las Cruces has developed

Dona Ana Arts Council lists current events related to performing arts, the Rio Grande Theatre, arts education and much more.


For a complete list of museums and monuments, go to the Las Cruces Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Branigan Cultural Center hosts a permanent local history exhibit and changing cultural exhibits, as well as educational programs, classes, and other special events. The building is on the National and State Registries of Historic Buildings.

Museum of Art hosts changing contemporary art exhibits, including national, international, juried, traveling, and invitational exhibits. It runs an extensive art studio class program for all ages.

Museum of Nature and Science is an interactive experience with three permanent exhibits featuring Desert Life, Permian Trackways, and Light and Space. Text and labels for these exhibits is in English and Spanish.

Railroad Museum interprets the railroad history of Las Cruces and the impact of the railroad in southern New Mexico. The museum is located in the historic Santa Fe Railroad Depot on 351 N. Mesilla St.


For a complete list of festivals and events, go to the Las Cruces Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Annual Fourth of July Electric Light Parade celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 with parade floats decorated with electric lights, live entertainment and a spectacular nighttime fireworks display. Check out the City of Las Cruces website for details near the event date.

The Whole Enchilada Fiesta Las Cruces is home to the world’s largest flat enchilada and the annual festival celebrating the cooking extravaganza is typically held in September. You have to see it to believe it. The Las Cruces Convention and Visitors Bureau can provide more detail.

Renaissance Craft Fair features local, state, and regional artisans who gather to participate in a juried art show and exhibition. Only the highest quality arts and crafts are for sale accompanied by live theater, dancing, music and food, all with a Renaissance theme.