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City of El Paso announces 2016 cultural funding recipients

Live performances by local actors and dancers, writing workshops, festivals in Downtown El Paso, and new artworks are a few examples of the investments the City of El Paso is making in its local arts and entertainment communities.

The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department’s (MCAD) Cultural Funding Program will award $394,557 to 64 local non-profit cultural organizations and artists for performances, services, and works throughout El Paso for this fiscal year.

The cultural funding program is a way for MCAD to directly invest in the arts, to foster cultural activity, and build a vibrant creative community.

“This program represents an active investment on the part of the City recognizing the impact that artists and arts programming make not only on El Paso’s quality of life, but economically as well,” said Tracey Jerome, Director of Museums and Cultural Affairs.

Funded projects range from whole seasons of events by performing arts groups to teaching artist sessions in neighborhood spaces. MCAD annually grants out approximately a quarter of its Cultural Affairs Division budget to support arts and cultural activity geared towards El Pasoans and visitors.

Last year, supported organizations, artists, and projects served approximately 550,000 El Pasoans and visitors in programming across the city.

The competitive grant-making process entails review by a panel of community members that includes interviews with all applicants. Since overhauling the process to foster greater openness in 2007, the program has awarded a total of $2.8 million to the local artistic community and been cited as a model of transparency by the Texas Commission on the Arts.

To better manage this investment, MCAD restructured its Cultural Development position to have an increased focus on how investment in arts can provide economic development results as well as art and culture opportunities. Rebecca Muñoz has joined the MCAD staff to oversee this program.

An Americans for the Arts study evaluating El Paso’s non-profit arts programming showed a $91 million annual impact.

Festivals

  • El Paso Indian Food Festival
  • El Paso Marathon Finish Line Fiesta
  • El Paso Pride Fest
  • El Paso Symphony Orchestra
  • Kidspalooza
  • EPCF Film Festival
  • Mexican Food Cook‐Off
  • Mother of Pearl Block Party
  • Neon Desert Music Festival
  • Sun City Sci‐Fi
  • Sun City Sci‐FI Fan Fest
  • Telemundo 48 La Feria
  • TSM Street Festival

Artists

  • Benjamin Guerrero
  • Cristela Gonzalez Bond
  • David Mills
  • Erin Galvez
  • Ezequiel Pena
  • Jason Lucero
  • Jena Camp
  • Jennifer Lucero
  • Jesus “Cimi” Alvarado
  • John Kern
  • Kathryn Gelinas
  • Leticia Luevanos
  • Maria Almeida
  • Natividad Mauricio Gonzalez
  • Monica Gomez
  • Nancy Green
  • Nina Gomez
  • Oscar Macchioni
  • Paola S. Ramirez
  • Randy Maguire
  • Wayne Hilton
  • Xochitl Rodriguez

Organizations

  • Ballet Folklorico Paso del Norte
  • BorderSenses
  • Capoeira Quinto Sol
  • Centro Cultural La Fe ‐ Cultural & Technology Center
  • Centro Cultural Paso del Norte Mexicano
  • Chamber Music Consortium of the Southwest
  • Creative Kids
  • El Paso Art Association
  • El Paso Fab Lab
  • El Paso Holocaust Museum & Study Center
  • El Paso Jazz Collective
  • El Paso Las Artistas
  • El Paso Opera
  • El Paso Pro‐Musica
  • El Paso Summer Music Festival
  • El Paso Symphony Orchestra
  • El Paso Wind Symphony
  • El Paso Young Singers
  • El Paso Youth Ballet
  • Gilbert & Sullivan Society of El Paso
  • Juntos Art Association
  • Kathryn Gelinas
  • Kids Excel El Paso
  • La Mujer Obrera
  • Latinitas, Inc.
  • Philosophical Systems Institute
  • Tom Lea Institute
  • Viva El Paso!
  • Wise Latina Internationa

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