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Museums and Cultural Affairs Department Announces 2019 Cultural Funding Recipients

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.

To view all the grant awardees, click here.  To view the guidelines, click here.

EPMA Hosts New Exhibit – Early West Texas: Waypoint and Home

The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) invites the public to the new exhibition that celebrates the early art and artists of El Paso; Early West Texas: Waypoint and Home.

The exhibit centers on El Paso as a historic point of passage in the greater West Texas region and as home to prominent West Texas artists such as José Cisneros, Manuel Acosta, and Tom Lea. It features the work of more than 20 El Paso artists from the EPMA’s unrivaled permanent collection of West Texas art.

Early West Texas celebrates not only EPMA’s wide-ranging collection of West Texas art, but also the rich legacy of El Paso art, providing an in-depth view of what life was like throughout the mid-twentieth century by the artists who lived, studied, and exhibited here,” said El Paso Museum of Art exhibition curator Kevin Burns.

Through paintings, prints, and drawings, the exhibition examines the iconic West Texas landscape, with its expansive desert and purple mountains, as well as everyday life in the region as influenced by El Paso’s location on the border.

On view are rarely exhibited prints featuring El Paso’s now defunct ASARCO smoke stacks, portraits of those who have passed through and made El Paso home, as well as mural proposals for El Paso’s historic Federal Courthouse mural, Pass of the North.

The exhibit includes preserved flora and fauna from UTEP’s Biodiversity collection and Centennial Museum that provides a scientific perspective on the landscape so often depicted by West Texas artists.

The exhibit is free and will be on view through November 4.

Early West Texas: Waypoint and Home is sponsored by Travis and Annabelle Johnson, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the El Paso Museum of Art Foundation.

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