The City recognizes 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.
Above: Endless Passage by Debbie Dickinson. The art sculpture is located in the lobby of City Hall and is part of the Las Cruces Public Art collection. This video shares insightful interviews with the artist, others involved and time-lapse of its creation. Stop by to see this amazing artwork in person.
Discover Las Cruces Public Art Scavenger Hunt
The City of Las Cruces Public Art program is having a public art scavenger hunt. Scan the QR codes at all nine locations to listen to an audio story. Match the clues with the right public art piece and submit your answers using our online form.
This scavenger hunt is a fun way to explore the city and learn more about the public art installations that are spread throughout it. The clues are cryptic, but if you take your time and pay close attention to detail, you should be able to find all nine of them.
Once you have found all nine, submit your answers using our online form. Be sure to include your name, email address, and phone number so that we can contact you if you win.
For more information and the locations map, go to Discover Las Cruces Public Art Scavenger Hunt.
Public Art Projects In Progress
Visit Las Cruces
Visit Las Cruces is excited to announce an open call for artists and artist groups to submit proposals for the design and installation of a permanent exterior mural for the Las Cruces Visitor Center. Artists can apply on CaFÉ, listed under Visit Las Cruces Mural. Call closes at midnight on September 12. For more information, go to News Flash. This Call has closed.
Fire Station #3
The new fire station building will have a public art feature on one of its towers, the first public art piece in Las Cruces that is directly installed on a building. Artist Arturo Garcia's design celebrates the gift of rain, both its life-giving quality and its life-saving-ability to suppress fire. It utilizes shapes inspired by the Puebloan art patterns depicting rain and clouds, typically seen in weaving and pottery, giving nourishment to the Rio Grande lands. The art is influenced by the designs found on local tribal blankets and depict the water sprays used by firefighters. The art piece honors the firefighters who care for the collective good of their community and is an interpretation of a blanket used for warmth and protection.
Artist Rendering of Fire Station #3 Art Work
Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley (ASCMV)
The new Animal Services Center will have a sculpture feature on the corner of Roadrunner Parkway and Bataan Memorial West that serves as a beacon and reflects the services of the center while engaging the community. Vito DiBari's design is inspired by the center's logo and services, highlighting a cat and dog, two of the primary animals cared for by the ASCMV. Directly behind them is the silhouette of a sun, which is an emblem of protection that shines bright upon the animals. The symbolic elements that form the lattice embody values of humane animal care and promote responsible pet ownership. The sculpture measures 9ft tall with a 7ft base.
Artist Rendering of ASCMV Sculpture
Creative Economy Workshops
City Art Board presents SmART Workshop with Isadora Stowe
SmART series of informational workshops for artists features "Creating and Building a Life in the Arts" with multi-media artist Isadora Stowe (pictured). Art as the long game is the focus of her presentation.
A recording of Isadora Stowe's SmART Workshop as well as previous presentations can be found on our Facebook page.
The City of Las Cruces will post its public art opportunities on Call for Entry (CaFÉ ). Artists are encouraged to create a profile at Call for Entry (CaFÉ) to stay current on local and national art opportunities.
The following CaFÉ webinars offer insights and best practices from the artist viewpoint for managing your CaFÉ call for artists:
Go to the CaFÉ website to access a wide selection of resources to assist artists with applying for art opportunities.