EPCM Construction awarded a $46,000 grant to Beverley Argus-Calvo, Ph.D., associate dean in UTEP’s College of Education, to lead a team that will conduct focus group meetings to benefit the design of the planned El Paso Children’s Museum,.
As part of “Unheard Voices: Building El Paso Children’s Museum for All,” the team will meet with groups of parents who live in under-resourced El Paso neighborhoods to identify the factors that limit their families’ access to and participation in cultural events and spaces in the El Paso region.
Argus-Calvo will be assisted by David Carrejo, Ph.D., associate professor of teacher education; Angus Mungal, Ph.D., associate professor of educational leadership and foundations; William Robertson, Ph.D., professor of teacher education; and Ron Wagler, Ph.D., associate professor of science education. Claudia Saldana, Ph.D., is the project director.
The project began June 1 and will last one year.
The El Paso Children’s Museum will be located at 201 West Main between the El Paso Museum of History and the El Paso Museum of Art within the Downtown Arts District, an area that attracts more than 1.5 million local, national, and international visitors per year.
Just last year, officials announced that Snøhetta, an award-winning international architecture firm, has been selected to design the museum.
In 2012, El Paso voters overwhelmingly approved a Quality of Life Bond program, which included a new children’s museum as one of its signature projects.
Since 2016, the El Paso Community Foundation has provided leadership on the public-private museum effort, including holding public forums, developing a master plan, hiring Founding Director Dr. Paul Kortenaar, and conducting the international architectural design competition.
In 2018, City Council approved additional funds to construct a world-class museum in response to private-sector stakeholders pledging to double their contribution to $20 million. The total cost of the EPC Museum is approximately $60 million.
To manage this project, the City approved the creation of a Local Government Corporation. City Council will serve as the board for the corporation and manage the construction of the museum.
The project is currently in development with construction expected to be completed in late 2021.