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Downtown Arts District awarded $95k state grant funding

The City of El Paso’s Downtown Arts District was recently awarded almost $95,000 from the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) as part of a new grant program set aside for the state’s designated arts districts.

“El Paso’s Downtown Arts District consistently brings people into the heart of the city to experience festivals, museums and live performances. This grant is recognition of the work we have done to bring attention to the vibrant arts and culture scene downtown and draw events into the district,” said Ben Fyffe, Assistant Director of the city’s Museum and Cultural Affairs Department.

The TCA earmarked this grant funding for the state’s art districts to use for marketing purposes. Economic development data from the Governor’s office show that cultural tourists spend more time visiting a city, and 66 percent of visitors to a city include cultural destinations. The funding provided with this grant will help the City’s Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) invest in items that will help brand and market the Downtown Arts District both regionally and locally.

Each year, 1.5 million people attend events within the district, and the district has a projected economic impact of $7 million in Hotel/Motel Revenue and $28.2 million in local restaurant and bar revenue.

In October 2011, El Paso received designation by the Texas Commission on the Arts for an official Downtown Arts District after an 18-month State of Texas application process spearheaded by MCAD. The Downtown Arts District encompasses 18 existing cultural assets, historic renovations and tourist amenities.

The mission of the TCA is to advance our state economically and culturally by investing in a creative Texas. TCA supports a diverse and innovative arts community in Texas, throughout the nation and internationally by providing resources to enhance economic development, arts education, cultural tourism and artist sustainability initiatives.

Author: City of El Paso

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  1. daniel_rive09@yahoo.com'

    To whom it may concern,

    I received this news along with the rest of the Concertgoer-filled hall at the Handel’s Messiah at the Abraham Chavez Theater, performed by one of my Conducting Mentors Dr. Prentice Loftin

    My name is Daniel Rivera, I am a Composer and Director of our newly founded Orchestra of the Southwest – The Sun City Symphony Orchestra. As an active writer of New Music and Performer / Coordinator in the Region, I am glad to hear these news. Througout my years of study as an Undergrad at UTEP, followed by m studies in the Composition Studio at UTSA and even this Summer overseas in Florence Italy where I premiered one of my compositions, I’ve always been driven by the idea of channeling our Vision of the Music of the Southwest and enriching our city of El Paso as a place where the Arts are not only flourishing and developing, but on the verge of thriving for our people.

    As my ensemble plans for the coming 2016 Performing Season/Year to Premier orchestral New Pieces composed specifically for our region, and establishing collaborations with renown Musicians, please remember with Joy that there is a new Orchestra that has been born here in our Southwest,
    and this group of musicians, whom I’ve recruited across all our districts and public schools, are willing to take part in the great enrichment and cultural development of our city. Our Orchestra is comprised of 35 – to 40 Musicians, including Winds, Brass, Strings and Percussion & we open the doors of the Ensemble to Living Composers of the Region to premier New Music as well.

    Please count us among those who work towards “bring attention to the vibrant arts and culture scene” of not only our downtown, but entire city. Thank you for sharing the good news.

    Please email any Inquiries /Booking Info/ Performance Info to daniel_rive09@yahoo.com
    and we invite you to visit our page FB #Sun-City-Symphony-Orchestra

    -Daniel Rivera
    Music Composition
    915-626-4260

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