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City of El Paso Awards Nearly $500K to Nonprofit Cultural Organizations

The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department’s (MCAD) Cultural Funding Program is awarding $465,000 to support 48 local nonprofit cultural organizations and artists for performances, services and projects throughout El Paso for Fiscal Year 2023.

Funded projects range from film workshops and printmaking festivals to an entire season of arts and cultural events.

“The cultural funding program is a way for MCAD to directly invest in the arts and foster partnerships within the creative community,” said Cultural Affairs and Recreation Managing Director Ben Fyffe. “MCAD has also been awarded $250,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts through the American Rescue Plan. This funding will support the Arts Activate Program which provides funding to artists and small nonprofit organizations to provide workshops, festivals and other arts activations in partnership with local neighborhoods.”

MCAD’s competitive grant making process entails an application review by a panel of community members. Since 2007, the program has awarded over $5.4 million to the local artistic community and has been cited as a model of transparency by the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Arts and cultural programming have a $103.4 million annual impact on the local economy according to an economic impact study by Americans for the Arts. This includes a $1.8 million impact on local hotels and 4,193 full time jobs.

To view the full list of awardees, visit www.epmcad.org.


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