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Texas Society of Architects to hold 2022 Annual Conference, Design Expo in El Paso

Visit El Paso and the El Paso Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), announced Thursday that the Texas Society of Architects (TxA) will hold its Annual Conference and Design Expo here in the Sun City.

“We are thrilled to announce that El Paso will be host to TxA in 2022. This group hasn’t been to El Paso since 1977 and we are excited to reintroduce them to our rich history and extraordinary hospitality and we are well prepared to do just that.  Our goal is to unmask our vibrant city, historical and stunning architecture ultimately inspiring them to add a little bit of El Paso flair to their future projects.” said Brooke Underwood, Assistant General Manager for Visit El Paso.

The event is TxA’s largest annual event that will attract over 3000 Architects, Design Professionals and Vendors to El Paso in 2022 and will contribute to over 1200 room nights and an estimated $2,700,000 in economic impact to the City.

“El Paso is a city that embraces its history, but also has eyes on the future.  The ongoing revitalization of the city’s downtown was a huge incentive in our decision to bring our conference here, and we appreciate the adaptive re-use of historic buildings so that a good deal of the fabric and culture of the downtown area has been maintained.” said James Perry, Executive Vice President and CEO of Texas Society of Architects.

The Conference and Design Expo will be held at the El Paso Convention Center while other events and educational sessions will be held at downtown venues including the Plaza Theatre and Arts Festival Plaza.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in over 30 different tours throughout El Paso and the region. In the evenings, attendees will be free to enjoy the downtown nightlife scene – exploring the restaurants and bars while taking in the beautiful historic architecture of downtown El Paso.

The event will run from October 25 through 29, 2022.

UTEP President Named Spirit of Amigo Award Recipient by Visit El Paso

UTEP President Diana Natalicio’s role in the enhancement of El Paso’s stature as one of the country’s marquee destinations has been recognized by Visit El Paso, an organization that oversees the city’s destination marketing.

President Natalicio has been named the recipient of Visit El Paso’s Spirit of Amigo Award, which recognizes a person or organization that has profoundly and positively impacted the image of El Paso.

The award will be presented Thursday, May 9, 2019, during the organization’s 16th annual National Travel and Tourism luncheon at the Judson F. Williams Convention Center. The event is held annually in conjunction with National Travel and Tourism Week.

UTEP’s Hall of Fame basketball coach Don Haskins is a previous recipient of the award.

“I am pleased to accept this award on behalf of UTEP’s 25,000+ talented and hard-working students, and the faculty and staff who have enabled them to attain their highest aspirations,” President Natalicio said.

“UTEP plays a major role in the development of the surrounding region, educating the next generation of leaders, conducting top-tier research that has earned us national recognition as a Carnegie R1 university, and contributing in a variety of ways to the region’s prosperity and quality of life. With its mission to continue spreading the word about this region’s many rich assets and opportunities, Visit El Paso complements our successful efforts to attract outstanding faculty and staff to this region. I thank Visit El Paso for this recognition and for its support of The University of Texas at El Paso.”

President Natalicio was selected for the award based on her work to enhance the University’s stature and the positive outcomes it has yielded for the rest of the Paso del Norte region, said Bryan Crowe, general manager of Visit El Paso.

“We are honored to recognize such an influential leader,” Crowe said. “Dr. Natalicio has not only put UTEP on the map but has been a vital ambassador for El Paso and the region. When selecting our recipients each year, we look for individuals who have embraced El Paso and its heritage, culture and people and go the extra mile to elevate the city to everyone they come in contact with. It only seemed fitting that we select Dr. Natalicio as this year’s recipient for her dedication to the University and to El Paso.”

President Natalicio announced in May 2018 that she will retire after 31 years in UTEP’s top leadership role. She was named UTEP President in 1988. Her tenure makes her the longest-serving current president of a public doctoral/research university in the country.

In her time at UTEP, she has guided the University to national prominence as a research institution, all the while being relentless in ensuring access and affordability for the student population that it serves.

In 2019, UTEP was designated as an R1 top tier doctoral university with very high research activity in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. UTEP is one of only 130 (4.5%) universities among the 2,883 four-year higher education institutions across the U.S. to earn this distinction.

Sun Bowl Association Announces Line Up for Annual Fan Fiesta, Pregame Party

The Sun Bowl Association along with the El Paso CVB have announced the musical acts for the 21st Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta presented by El Paso Live and the Sun Bowl Pregame Fan Party presented by Visit El Paso.

Bosse will headline the 21st Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta at the El Paso Convention Center on Sunday, December 30.

The local act who call themselves “The Live Jukebox!” will keep it interesting by playing an array of covers from Classic Rock, R&B, Disco, Rock-En-Español, 80’s Rock, Country, Cumbias, Tejano and more.

The Fan Fiesta will also feature mariachis, university pep rallies including a parade through downtown El Paso, and the popular Battle of the Bands.

The following morning Ryan G. Band will perform at the Sun Bowl Pregame Fan Party located on the corner of Glory Road and Sun Bowl Drive beginning at 8:30 a.m. (MT).

Ryan Gonzalez is an aspiring singer-songwriter from El Paso who was a contestant on ‘La Voz Mexico’ in 2017. He sings covers from popular songs in both English and Spanish.

“We’re excited to have local acts perform at this year’s Fan Fiesta and Pregame Fan Party,” said Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “El Paso is full of talented artists and we’re always happy to showcase they’re wonderful talents to our guests, especially those coming in from out of town.”

Both events are free and open to the public and will feature food, drinks, games and giveaways.

21st Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta presented by El Paso Live
Date: Sunday, Dec. 30
Time: 3 – 9 p.m.
Place: Downtown El Paso Convention Center
Admission: FREE – Open to the public


3:00 PM – Doors Open

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM –  Dancers Perform

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Live Music

5:00 PM – 5:15 PM – National Anthem & Introduction to Sun Court

5:15 PM – 6:00 PM – Mariachis

5:30 PM – Marching Bands Through DTEP

6:00 PM – 6:40 PM – Battle of The Marching Bands

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Live Music by Bosse

Sun Bowl Pregame Fan Party presented by Visit El Paso
Date: Monday, Dec. 31
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Corner of Glory Road and Sun Bowl Drive
Admission: FREE – Open to the public

Chalk the Block Announces Line Up and Artists

The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) has revealed the line-up for this year’s Chalk the Block Festival.

“Ten years ago, we started with 12 artists and 5,000 people attending. We have steadily grown to include more than 200 artists, vendors and musicians and installations from around the world,” said Assistant Director of Museums Cultural Affairs Department Ben Fyffe. “This year’s festival will bring new and exciting guest artists and continue the high quality entertainment we have come to expect from Chalk the Block.”

Every October, the streets of Downtown El Paso become canvasses for artists to display their chalk masterpieces at Chalk the Block. This year the festival will be held during the weekend of October 6 through October 8 in the heart of the Downtown Arts District.

This year, CTB will engage attendees with installations created by artists from around the nation.

⦁ Wish Tree: Yoko Ono – New York based Tokyo artist ⦁ Wish Tree is an ongoing interactive art project where visitors are invited to tie wishes on trees. After the festival, all the wishes that were collected will be sent to the Imagine Peace Tower on Viðey Island in Reykjavík, Iceland. Imagine Peace Tower is composed of a tall shimmering tower of light that appears every year and is visible from October 9th (John’s birthday) until December 8th (the anniversary of his death).

⦁ Spheres of Influence: Curime Batliner and Jake Newsum – Los Angeles ⦁ Created by Curime Batliner and Jake Newsum for the for the Mextropoli Festival in Mexico City, Spheres of Influence is part installation and part live performance that uses a robotic system from Staubli to paint layers of graphics (abstracted from the city) onto a series of human-scale spheres. The spheres are painted throughout the festival demonstrating how technology can transform a public space.

⦁ Life Cube: Scott Cohen – New York ⦁ The Life Cube Project creates large-scale, engaging, interactive and ephemeral installations connecting art and community, and inspiring the expression of goals, dreams, wishes and aspirations. The project encourages participants to look at their past, engage in the present and set goals for the future.  Over the past five years in multiple venues, the Life Cube has inspired over a hundred thousand people through aesthetic, interactive cultural installations based on the artist’s belief that “if you write down what you want to accomplish in life, the chances of attaining it are much, much higher.”

⦁ Cycle Sonic: Squonk Opera – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ⦁ Composer Jackie Dempsey and artist Steve O’Hearn work with an ensemble of 10-20 artists to create post-industrial performances with original music, design, and staging, outside the rules of mass culture, fashion or academia. Giant, animated bikers circle the audience, with backdrops of undulating flags and 20-foot legs pumping with the rhythm of sustainable power. With no carbon footprint, Cycle Sonic combines the thrill of a live concert with the world of everyday transit.

⦁ Sun Metro Bus – Art on the Move: Curated by Kalavera Culture Shop ⦁ For the festival’s 10th anniversary, Chalk the Block and Sun Metro are joining forces to create a piece of movable art. During the festival, local street artists will paint one of Sun Metro’s 35-foot busses. After the festival, the bus will be added to one of Sun Metro’s existing routes for a period. Art on the Move was a featured installation at Chalk the Block 5, and it is returning for the festival’s 10th anniversary.

Festival visitors will also be able to enjoy live music throughout the day on Saturday from some of the area’s best local musicians. DJs will also be spinning throughout the weekend.

  • Brandon Bailey Johnson
  • Gila Monster
  • Sonido Cachimbo
  • Sha’Vonne
  • Fixed Idea
  • Frontera Bugalu

Chalk the Block is a collaborative event organized by the City of El Paso Museums & Cultural Affairs Department and the El Paso Community Foundation and sponsored by the Rudolph family of dealerships.

This year’s festival is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The festival will be open Friday, October 6, from 6 – 10 p.m.; Saturday, October 7, 10 a.m. -10 p.m.; and Sunday, October 8, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Visitors to the festival will be able to access a complete event guide on the Visit El Paso app. The app can be downloaded at For more information, click Chalk the Block or call 212-0110.

Video+Story: El Paso At #10 on Resonance list of America’s 10 Best Small Cities

The City of El Paso along with Visit El Paso, an operating division of the City and Destination El Paso, announced Friday that El Paso has earned the #10 ranking on Resonance 2017 Best Small American Cities with populations between 200,000 and 1 Million.

“I’m proud to see our city being recognized time and time again,” said Mayor Oscar Leeser. “My focus as Mayor has always been on promoting the city and creating new economic development opportunities, and I’m humbled to see others acknowledge the great strides we’ve made in such a short period.”

The winning cities were unveiled at a June 14 awards celebration at New York University sponsored by National Geographic Travel, who will use the Resonance ranking and insights for future editorial and content projects.

In the 2017 America’s Best Cities Report, Resonance ranked the nation’s best large and small cities using a combination of statistical performance and qualitative evaluations by locals and visitors in 27 areas grouped into six core categories:

Place – perceived quality of a city’s natural and built environment

Programming – the arts, culture and entertainment in a city

Prosperity –  employment, GDP per capita and corporate head offices

Product – A city’s key institutions, attraction and infrastructure

People – immigration and diversity of a city

Promotion – quantity of articles, references and recommendations online.

This is one of the most comprehensive American city rankings ever attempted—developed to quantify and benchmark the relative quality of place, reputation and competitive identity for U.S. principal cities with metropolitan populations of 200,000 or more.

El Paso represents the only location in Texas to make the top ten of the 230 ranked cities.

“This new ranking is fantastic news and will contribute to more editorial coverage of our vibrant and unique community by National Geographic Travel and among others,” said Bryan Crowe, CEO for Destination El Paso.

“Recognitions like this is proof that people are realizing just how great and competitive our community truly is,” said City Manager Tommy Gonzalez.

For a complete list of cities or to download the report, click HERE.

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