MCAD announces Cultural Funding Recipients for FY2022

The Museums and Cultural Affairs Department’s (MCAD) Cultural Funding Program is awarding $250,000 in support to 27 local nonprofit cultural organizations and artists for performances, services and projects throughout El Paso for this fiscal year.

“The cultural funding program is another way for Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) to directly invest in the arts and incentivize partnerships within El Paso’s creative sector,” said Ben Fyffe, Managing Director of Cultural Affairs and Recreation. “After more than a year of COVID-19 closures, MCAD is excited to foster recovery for the cultural community with this year’s funding allocations.”

Funded projects range from an entire season of events by performing arts groups to teaching artist sessions in neighborhood spaces.

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

MCAD’s competitive grant-making process entails an application review by a panel of community members.

Since overhauling the process to foster greater openness in 2007, the program has awarded over $5 million to the local artistic community and been cited as a model of transparency by the Texas Commission on the Arts.

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