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El Paso’s MCAD Accepting Cultural Funding Program Applications

The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) is accepting cultural funding program applications for the FY2017 cultural funding cycle.

“This program represents an active investment on the part of the City recognizing the impact that artists and arts programming make not only on El Paso’s quality of life, but economically as well,” Director of Museums and Cultural Affairs Tracey Jerome said.

Applications will be accepted through May 12 via the City’s online application system; however, all applicants must attend a mandatory orientation before they can submit an application. A schedule of workshops and updated cultural funding guidelines are available at www.elpasoartsandculture.org under the Arts Funding tab.

The cultural funding program is a way for MCAD to invest in the arts, to foster cultural activity and build a vibrant creative community. Each year, MCAD grants out approximately a quarter of its cultural affairs budget to support arts and cultural activity geared towards El Pasoans and visitors.

These programs provide operational support, community art programs and directly fund local artists, as well as fostering and developing festivals.

Last year, supported organizations, artists and projects served approximately 550,000 El Pasoans and visitors in programming across the city. Since overhauling the process to foster greater openness in 2007, the program has awarded a total of $2.8 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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