The City of El Paso announced Tuesday that the El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) had received re-accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).
“Accreditation is the highest mark of distinction in the museum field and demonstrates our commitment to best professional practices among the top three percent of museums nationally,” said Museums and Cultural Affairs Department Director Tracey Jerome.
The EPMA was first accredited in 1972 and is the only accredited museum in a 200-mile radius. Of the nation’s estimated 33,000 museums, approximately 1,065 are accredited and of the 209 institutions in Texas, approximately 50 are accredited.
“Re-accreditation is a significant achievement,” said Mayor Dee Margo. “It shows the high standards of the EPMA in providing the community with a first class art museum that everyone can be proud of and enjoy.”
The EPMA provides opportunities to local and regional artists to show their work through a variety of programs. In addition, through special programming and the Museum School, the EPMA works to provide hands on art experiences to visitors of different ages and abilities.
“This re-accreditation shows that the EPMA is exemplary in all that it does and delivers on the City’s mission to provide a high quality of life for residents and visitors,” said City Manager Tommy Gonzalez.
Since its founding in 1959, the Museum has been a major cultural resource for West Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. The Museum’s permanent collection focuses on American, European and Mexican artwork, including the second largest collection of Retablos in the world.
“We are honored to have such longstanding recognition from AAM, a prestigious national organization. Accreditation is a testament of the quality of EPMA’s work with our collection, exhibitions, and educational programming and is a reflection of the professionalism and expertise of staff,” said EPMA Director Victoria Ramirez.
The American Alliance of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community.
Representing more than 35,000 individual museum professionals and volunteers, institutions, and corporate partners serving the museum field, the Alliance stands for the broad scope of the museum community.