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City to Host Texas Association of Museum’s 2019 Annual Meeting

El Paso has been selected to host the 2019 Texas Association of Museums annual meeting.

“After 10 years we are excited to welcome the Texas Association of Museums back to El Paso,” said Bryan Crowe, General Manager for Destination El Paso. “Since we last hosted the event in 2009, the landscape of the city has changed dramatically. From our art filled city square to the Digital 3D Touch Wall, we are eager to reintroduce our guests to the community and showcase a new-and-improved El Paso.”

The event is the largest gathering of museum professionals in Texas, with 400 people attending representing a wide array of museum disciplines. As the host city, El Paso and the surrounding region, provide a unique perspective and strong platform for museum professionals to have meaningful discussions about issues facing communities like diversity, inclusiveness, and outreach.

“It is the caliber of our region’s museums and binational community which makes El Paso a worthy host city for this important conference. Conference attendees will be inspired by our rich culture and history and the ease and fluidity in which residents of our region live. These unique elements will prompt discussion about the future of museums and the importance of engaging communities and representing multiple perspectives,” said Victoria Ramirez, Director of the El Paso Museum of Art and the host committee chair.

Scheduled for next April, attendees will attend workshops ranging from collections management to outreach and development as well as sessions for trustees and administrators.

There will also be opportunities to explore the Downtown Arts District and museums located throughout the region.

The Texas Association of Museums provides a network among museums, to improve the level of professionalism within the museum community, to encourage the use and enjoyment of museums by all Texans, to serve as an information clearinghouse for and about museums, and to serve as a liaison between museums and museums-related agencies and organizations.

Downtown Arts District awarded $95k state grant funding

The City of El Paso’s Downtown Arts District was recently awarded almost $95,000 from the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) as part of a new grant program set aside for the state’s designated arts districts.

“El Paso’s Downtown Arts District consistently brings people into the heart of the city to experience festivals, museums and live performances. This grant is recognition of the work we have done to bring attention to the vibrant arts and culture scene downtown and draw events into the district,” said Ben Fyffe, Assistant Director of the city’s Museum and Cultural Affairs Department.

The TCA earmarked this grant funding for the state’s art districts to use for marketing purposes. Economic development data from the Governor’s office show that cultural tourists spend more time visiting a city, and 66 percent of visitors to a city include cultural destinations. The funding provided with this grant will help the City’s Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) invest in items that will help brand and market the Downtown Arts District both regionally and locally.

Each year, 1.5 million people attend events within the district, and the district has a projected economic impact of $7 million in Hotel/Motel Revenue and $28.2 million in local restaurant and bar revenue.

In October 2011, El Paso received designation by the Texas Commission on the Arts for an official Downtown Arts District after an 18-month State of Texas application process spearheaded by MCAD. The Downtown Arts District encompasses 18 existing cultural assets, historic renovations and tourist amenities.

The mission of the TCA is to advance our 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.

Author: City of El Paso