The City of El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) has been awarded an American Rescue Plan grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), supporting the recovery of the arts and cultural sectors from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
MCAD is receiving $250,000 to distribute as grants to El Paso’s arts and cultural eligible recipients. Funding will support jobs retention and costs associated with operations, facilities, health and safety supplies. Funding will also support marketing and promotional efforts encouraging attendance and audience participation. The NEA has awarded grants totaling $20,200,000 to 66 local arts agencies nationwide for sub-granting.
“The NEA’s significant investment in local arts agencies, including the Museum and Cultural Affairs Department is a key element supporting the arts and culture sector recovery, while ensuring that that American Rescue Plan funding is distributed equitably,” said Ann Eilers, NEA’s acting chair. “These grants recognize the vital role of local arts agencies and will allow them to help rebuild local economies and contribute to the well-being of our communities.”
MCAD will distribute funding from the American Rescue Plan through the Cultural Funding Program’s Arts Activate Program in FY 2022 and FY 2023.
“The NEA’s investment in the City of El Paso’s Museums and Cultural Affairs Department amplifies the City’s ongoing investment in the recovery of the creative sector by connecting high quality arts and cultural programming back into the community,” said Ben Fyffe, Managing Director of Cultural Affairs and Recreation.
This is the second of three installments of the NEA’s American Rescue Plan funding. The first installment began last April through the NEA jurisdictional and regional arts organizations for regranting through their respective programs. The third installment of federal funding to arts organizations to support their own operations will be announced in early 2022.