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New Downtown Mural Showcases Latino Icons

The Downtown Management District (DMD) hosted a Mural Dedication Ceremony of the newest downtown mural adorning the Roderick Artspace Lofts (601 North Oregon) in the Las Plazas Arts District on Wednesday morning.

“The DMD expanded our downtown grant programs for precisely these kinds of projects. It’s important that we as an organization do our part to offer avenues for beautification and expression of our grand borderland culture as it relates to downtown in addition to signage and façade grant programs. We thank the artists and our community partners for their shared vision,” said Joe Gudenrath, Executive Director for the Downtown Management District of El Paso.

Photo courtesy DMD

Lead artist Jesus “Cimi” Alvarado, collaborated with Victor “Mask” Casas, and Martin “Blast” Zubia, to feature an impressive depiction of iconic local artists from various disciplines, such as, Abraham Chavez, Art Lewis, Rosa Guerrero, and more.

Special guest speakers at the ceremony included Lucas Koski, Asset Manager for Artspace, and Jesus “Cimi” Alvarado, lead artist on the project.

Additional guests represented in the art include educator and founder of the International Folklorico Dance Group, Rosa Guerrero and professional wrestler, “Sin Cara.”

The 30 panel mural partially funded by the DMD Downtown Mural Grant Program was installed over the weekend just in time for the monthly Last Thursdays Art Walk.

2nd Annual Downtown Living Tour Set for April 7

After the success of last year’s Downtown Management District (DMD) first-hand look at some of the living options in Downtown El Paso (DTEP), the DMD is having another Downtown Living Tour.

The DMD, along with local developers, will once again showcase residential options and show potential residents what it would be like to live in Downtown El Paso.

“Downtown El Paso is quickly becoming a modern urban neighborhood. This exclusive tour showcases living opportunities and highlights recent investment with an added taste of community eateries,” said DMD Executive Director Joe Gudenrath.

Tickets for the tour are $15 each and quantities are limited. The self-guided tours will be available from 11am – 4pm, on Saturday, April 7, 2018.

Tour participants will experience food and drink at each location from some of downtown’s tasty eateries, such as Porkie’s BBQ, Nishi Ramen, International, Delight, Smash & Roll, 501 Bistro, and Mac’s Place.

This year will also offer enhanced shuttle service between stops, taking guests to each location in a circuit. There will be opportunities to win a prizes, and those prizes will be announced soon! Tickets can be purchased online.

Participating developments include:

  • The Abdou Building, 115 N. Mesa Street
  • The 501, 501 S. Campbell Street
  • Essex Alley, 513 W. San Antonio Avenue
  • Franklin Avenue Apartments, 617 W. Franklin Avenue
  • Martin Lofts (ElectriCity), 217 N. Stanton Street
  • Roderick Artspace Lofts, 601 N. Oregon Street
  • The Savoy, 120 S. Stanton Street

Roderick Artspace Lofts wins Award from Development Trade Magazine

El Paso’s Roderick Artspace Lofts, a partnership of the El Paso Community Foundation and Artspace Projects, Inc., has received an Award of Merit from a leading trade magazine.

Builder and Developer magazine announced the award for the Roderick Artspace Lofts in the category of “Best Affordable Housing Community for 60 to 100 dwelling units per acre.” It is one of four top vote-getters in the category, and one of only five Texas projects among the nearly 200 award winners from around the world.

“The El Paso Community Foundation is thrilled with the award, which reflects a commitment to quality exhibited by every member of the team,” said Eric Summerford Pearson, President and CEO of the El Paso Community Foundation.  “This award should really be dedicated to Chris Cummings and Katherine Brennand, whose vision brought the idea of the development forward.”  Chris’s father, Chris Cummings, Sr., gave the land where the Roderick Artspace Lofts is located.

The Roderick Artspace Lofts, located at 601 N. Oregon, were built by Jordan Foster Construction and was designed by Matthew Meier and Bill Helm, a partnership of HHL Architects from Buffalo, New York, and Las Cruces-based ASA Architects.

Mr. Helm has since formed his own architecture firm, In Situ Architects in El Paso.

The artists lofts were named for the Roderick Family and its generations of philanthropy through the El Paso Community Foundation.  The lofts opened in January 2017.

In addition to housing artists of various media, the Roderick’s commercial spaces include Fab Lab and the Nomu Café.

Steven Randall’s Border Art Residency Show Set for May 11

Virginia artist Steven Randall concludes his 2016-17 Border Art Residency with an exhibit/reception from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, May 11 in the new Roderick Artspace Lofts located at 601 North Oregon.

“The Border Art Residency has been one of my most treasured experiences,” Randall said. “Having ten months to focus solely on creating, researching, and experimenting in such a spacious studio has been an incredible opportunity to really develop my work. I’m so grateful to have lived in such a cool space, and this is definitely the most beautiful landscape I’ve ever worked in — I’m really going to miss it.”

Randall has a BFA from Albert University’s School of Art and Design and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. He works with sculpture, photography and installation to examine the relationship between consumer, commodity, and transformation.

The work in this show was created during his residency, which began last fall at the BAR studio in La Union, NM.

Admission to the exhibit in the El Paso Community Foundation Gallery is a $10 suggested donation to the Border Art Residency, a supporting organization of the El Paso Community Foundation.

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Downtown Living On Full Display for April 1 Tour

For those El Pasoans curious about what it would be like to live in Downtown El Paso, April 1st is their chance to get a first-hand experience of eight new downtown residential developments.

“The desire to live in Downtown El Paso is strong based on the number of new housing options that continue to open up,” said DMD Executive Director Joe Gudenrath. “The Downtown Living Tour gives the entire community the opportunity to experience eight amazing developments and learn what all the buzz is about. Whether you are looking for a place to live, or just curious about these exciting projects, the Downtown Living Tour provides a great opportunity.”

The Downtown Management District (DMD) is working with local developers to showcase housing options and build excitement for residential life in the heart of the city.

Participating developments include:

–        The Abdou Building, 115 N. Mesa Street

–        Campbell Street Apartments, 501 S. Campbell Street

–        Essex Alley, 513 W. San Antonio Avenue

–        Franklin Avenue Apartments, 617 W. Franklin Avenue

–        Martin Lofts, 217 N. Stanton Street

–        The Mix, 518 W. San Antonio Avenue

–        Roderick Artspace Lofts, 601 N. Oregon Street

–        The Savoy, 120 S. Stanton Street

Tickets for the tour are $15 each and quantities are limited. The self-guided tours will be available from11am – 4pm, on Saturday, April 1, 2017.

Tour participants will experience food and drink at each location from some of downtown’s great dining establishments, shuttle service between stops and the opportunity to win a $1,000 store credit at Mattress Firm. Tickets can be purchased online.

The Downtown Living Tour is presented by Mattress Firm, with support from the City of El Paso Economic and International Development Department and the Neon Desert Music Festival.

The tour is organized by the El Paso Downtown Management District.

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