The Museums and Cultural Affairs Department’s (MCAD) Cultural Funding Program is awarding $376,521 in support to 58 local non-profit cultural organizations and artists for performances, services and projects throughout El Paso for fiscal year 2018 – 19.
Projects that receive funding range from entire seasons of events by performing arts groups to teaching artist sessions in neighborhood spaces. The MCAD annually awards out approximately a quarter of its Cultural Affairs Division budget to support arts and cultural activity geared towards residents and visitors.
Last year, supported organizations, artists and projects served approximately 450,000 residents and visitors in programming across the city.
“KCOS, El Paso’s PBS station, is incredibly honored to have our digital mini-documentary series, Only in El Paso, funded for a second year through MCAD,” said KCOS Public Television CEO and General Manager Emily Loya.
“These crucial funds help us cover the costs to support local filmmakers for their creative storytelling and provide a stamp of approval helping us secure additional sponsors and increase our social strategy and support for a larger digital reach.”
The cultural funding program is a way for the MCAD to directly invest in the arts and raise partnerships within the creative community. Arts and cultural programming have a $103.4 million annual impact on the local economy according to a recent economic impact study by Americans for the Arts.
This includes a $1.8 million impact on local hotels and 4,193 full-time jobs.
The competitive grant making process entails an application review by a panel of community members.
Since overhauling the process to foster greater openness in 2007, the program has awarded over $3.5 million to the local artistic community and been cited as a model of transparency by the Texas Commission on the Arts.