Photo courtesy El Paso Museum of Art
Thursday afternoon, officials with the El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department announced that the El Paso Museum of Art has received a $100,000 COVID-19 relief grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the largest supporter of the arts and humanities in the nation.
“This generous support from the Mellon Foundation comes at a crucial time for the El Paso Museum of Art, and will allow the Museum to ensure it is able to meet its mission even during the pandemic,’ said El Paso Museum of Art Interim Director Vladimir von Tsurikov. “We are most grateful to have been chosen as recipients of the Art Museums Futures Fund Initiative, and look forward to work together with the Mellon Foundation to meet the challenges we face.”
Museum officials share that the financial support comes from Art Museums Futures Fund program by the Mellon Foundation that is distributing emergency COVID-19 grants for small- to mid-sized art museums to navigate financial challenges created by the pandemic.
The foundation has already distributed nearly $24 million emergency grants to 12 mid-size museums across the country. The grant for the El Paso Museum of Art is a second round of grants by the Art Museum Futures Fund that is distributing additional emergency COVID-19 grants totaling $3 million to provide support to small arts and cultural institutions.
“America’s small-sized arts and culture institutions sustain their communities by providing access to transformative and wide-ranging artistic contributions while also preserving many different histories and cultural legacies,” said Andrew W. Mellon Foundation President Elizabeth Alexander. “As the pandemic continues to threaten the future viability of museums that have long been under resourced, we must do our part to strengthen support for these organizations and the trenchant work they tirelessly undertake to enrich and expand our American story.”
The El Paso Museum of Art remains closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Visitors can still enjoy and engage with the museum virtually on the social media and the El Paso Museum of Art website.