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MCAD receives grants for Downtown Arts District Programming

On Friday, officials with the city announced that the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) received two grants totaling $170,000 by the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) for programming in the Downtown Arts District.

“El Paso’s Downtown Arts District is a vibrant showcase for our creative community,” said Managing Director of MCAD, Libraries and Tourism Tracey Jerome. “TCA’s investment in our programming through these grants reinforces our commitment to providing high-quality arts and culture programming for our city and our region.”

The El Paso Museum of Art received $120,000 to support Art Getaways, a series of immersive programs that includes creating a curated culture guide for tourists based on the museum’s most successful exhibitions.

The Art Getaways is centered around three exhibitions happening early January through summer 2020.

The Cultural Affairs Division was awarded $50,000 to support Chalk the Block; the region’s largest free public arts festival. This year, Chalk the Block will be held from October 11 through 13 in the Downtown Arts District.

Every year, 2.2 million people visit El Paso’s Downtown Arts District. Arts and cultural programming have a $103.4 million annual impact on the local economy according to a recent economic impact study by Americans for the Arts.

El Paso received designation by the Texas Commission on the Arts for an official Downtown Arts District in October 2011 after an 18-month State of Texas application process spearheaded by MCAD.

The Downtown Arts District contains 18 existing cultural assets, historic renovations and tourist amenities.

The mission of the TCA is to advance the 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.