Museums and Cultural Affairs Department - City of El Paso

Museums and Cultural Affairs Department - City of El Paso Working to increase opportunities to enjoy, engage and access the arts in El Paso!
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MCAD works to: 1) Strengthen El Paso’s Cultural Infrastructure 2) Increase Access to Arts, Culture & Heritage Opportunities for citizens and visitors 3) Invest in El Paso’s Creative Resources

Mission: MCAD is committed to the continued development of the City's arts industry, providing quality programs that are representative of the city's diverse cultures; and to maximizing available resources in order to enhance the city's cultural vitality.

Several of our favorite portraits at our El Paso Museum of Art have masked up to protect our community. El Paso City and...
06/19/2020

Several of our favorite portraits at our El Paso Museum of Art have masked up to protect our community. El Paso City and County officials issued a directive tonight mandating that businesses require all customers as well as employees to wear face masks.

The face mask requirement will take effect come 12:01 a.m. on Monday and business that don't comply can be fined up to $500 for each violation. With City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government

#throwbackthursday A celebration of Chinese heritage in El Paso presented by our El Paso Museum of History .
06/18/2020

#throwbackthursday A celebration of Chinese heritage in El Paso presented by our El Paso Museum of History .

Follow our El Paso Museum of Archaeology to keep up with the Artifact of the Week!
06/18/2020

Follow our El Paso Museum of Archaeology to keep up with the Artifact of the Week!

ARTIFACT OF THE WEEK

The effigy vessels in the Museum's collection are some of our favorites! Each of these ceramic vessels seem to take on the very persona of the person or animal it represents. It is easy to identify with these ancient peoples when we see familiar human facial features such as those expressed here on this Casas Grandes Madera Black-on-Red vessel.

The Museum houses one of the largest collections of Casas Grandes pottery in the Southwest.

The Museum is currently closed, but we want to stay engaged with our friends and followers. We will be posting an "Artifact of the Week" each Thursday afternoon which will highlight parts of our permanent collection.

Image: Madera Black-on-Red human effigy vessel, Casas Grandes Culture, Medio Period AD 1200-1450. Collection of El Paso Museum of Archaeology.

No matter how you feel about the issues, everyone can agree we are living through historic times. Share your images of t...
06/15/2020

No matter how you feel about the issues, everyone can agree we are living through historic times. Share your images of the last few weeks on our El Paso Museum of History’s Digital Wall to help preserve these stories. Go to DIGIE.org

In the past weeks, many cities across the country have participated in mass actions to denounce violence against the Black Community. The national conversation regarding social change leaves in its wake, real time evidence of how communities react to these events nationwide and on a global scale. As El Pasoans, we are witnessing history in the making with several voices and perspectives on the current state of society.

We encourage everyone to share their experiences during these times on DIGIE to include their voice to our community archive.

All photos and videos can be directly uploaded to the archive at digie.org/upload
or email [email protected] for more information.

Photo credit: El Paso Times

MCAD works to aggressively celebrate and preserve cultural traditions and production from the diverse groups that have c...
06/11/2020

MCAD works to aggressively celebrate and preserve cultural traditions and production from the diverse groups that have contributed to the Paso Del Norte region. From grants to support the work of artists and cultural practitioners, grants helping cultural organizations create and also directly programming through our own exhibitions, celebrations and festivals, we are proud to highlight the varied stories and viewpoints of our community.

06/11/2020
El Paso Symphony Orchestra

Check out “The Beat Goes On” a cool series by MCAD Cultural Funding Awardee El Paso Symphony Orchestra that checks only on its artists in quarantine!

Enjoys this week's The Beat Goes on with Ian Narlock and John Groves. #TheBeatGoesOn

Commissioned through our Public Art Program, Mexican artist Sebastián’s “Aguacero” is a 40-ft tall representation of a ...
06/05/2020

Commissioned through our Public Art Program, Mexican artist Sebastián’s “Aguacero” is a 40-ft tall representation of a chihuahuan desert downpour—powerful, welcome and over almost as quickly as it starts. The piece is located by the international bridge on Santa Fe.

What photos sum up your family’s historia? People have lived in our region for millennia, and every family, whether they...
06/05/2020

What photos sum up your family’s historia? People have lived in our region for millennia, and every family, whether they arrived last week or generations ago have visual stories. Our El Paso Museum of History asked for community submissions for this virtual exhibition, and look what sprouted!

✨Historias: Stories of El Paso- Virtual Exhibition Premiere ✨
Click through each photo in this album to view the virtual exhibition curated by submissions from our community.

You can also view this album on our community digital archive- DIGIE at: http://digie.org/album/23451/69091

#throwbackthursday to El Pasoans interacting with artist Jen Lewin’s light sculpture “The Pool.” We sited the piece on t...
06/04/2020

#throwbackthursday to El Pasoans interacting with artist Jen Lewin’s light sculpture “The Pool.” We sited the piece on the pre-construction site of ArtSpace El Paso in 2013 during Chalk the Block.

El Paso Opera's Curbside Opera performances will be out tonight, Wednesday, June 3! They'll be in the the Kern Place and...
06/03/2020

El Paso Opera's Curbside Opera performances will be out tonight, Wednesday, June 3! They'll be in the the Kern Place and Rim Road neighborhoods. At 7:25pm on McKelligon Rd, at the base of Madeline Park and at 8:15pm, at the Rim Road traffic circle where Rim/Ochoa/Hague streets come together. Please remember these performance times are estimates due to traffic and travel!

icymi - El Paso Opera rolls out Curbside Opera

Video+Story - https://elpasoheraldpost.com/videostory-el-paso-opera-rolls-out-curbside-opera/

Our El Paso Museum of Art may be closed--but we are working on making our exhibitions and collections catalogs available...
06/02/2020
European Collection - El Paso Museum of Art

Our El Paso Museum of Art may be closed--but we are working on making our exhibitions and collections catalogs available for free download. You can access "European Treasures/Tesoros Europeos" exploring the Kress Collection now: https://epma.art/art/collections/european

Giovanni Galizzi, The Adoration of the Shepherds, about 1555-60, oil on canvas, EPMA, gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

No theatres open? No problem! MCAD Cultural Funding Awardee El Paso Opera is bringing the arias to the street!
05/29/2020
Curbside Opera launches in El Paso

No theatres open? No problem! MCAD Cultural Funding Awardee El Paso Opera is bringing the arias to the street!

During the COVID-19 pandemic we’ve had to adjust to birthday parades, curbside pickup, and now curbside opera.

Chico’s Tacos is a major part of Chuco culture—what’s your go-to order?
05/29/2020

Chico’s Tacos is a major part of Chuco culture—what’s your go-to order?

📖 STORY BEHIND THE PHOTO 📖
Photo: Chicos Tacos Original Location (4230 Alameda Ave, El Paso, TX 79905)
Link: http://digie.org/media/10714

Almost every El Pasoan is familiar with the paper boat carrying three rolled tacos sitting in a soupy tomato sauce and covered with cheese. Or maybe you are more of a hot dog person, enjoying the sliced weenie served in a hamburger bun. No matter your order, it is well known that the food at Chico’s Tacos is part of the culture here in El Paso.😋
Founded by Joe Mora in 1953, the restaurant’s original location was on Alameda Ave. in El Paso’s southside. Since then, the restaurant has grown to include 5 locations and in 2011 was featured on Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrEnEZ9MQTg). Many of us have memories of eating here as children and choosing songs to play on the jukebox while waiting for your food. Chico’s continues to be a hotspot for families and others to enjoy, while savoring both the food and the classic ambiance that the restaurant holds.
What is your go-to order at Chicos? 🤔 Let us know in the comments below! ⬇️

Did you know May 27 is National Senior Health & Fitness Day? This elaborate “china poblana” style dance costume was disp...
05/27/2020

Did you know May 27 is National Senior Health & Fitness Day? This elaborate “china poblana” style dance costume was displayed at our El Paso Museum of History a few years ago. It was made for one of El Paso’s most famous and active seniors, who still dances today. Throughout her career, she celebrated folklorico dance and even performed at the White House. Can you guess who it belongs to?

Make plans for the next installment of Rockin’ Tykes! Visit El Paso International Music Foundation to join the fun this ...
05/27/2020

Make plans for the next installment of Rockin’ Tykes! Visit El Paso International Music Foundation to join the fun this Saturday. The supply list to create music instruments at home is on their page.

El Paso International Musica Foundation is an awardee of MCAD’s Cultural Funding Program.

Here it is! Join us on Facebook Live next Saturday, May 30th at 12 noon, for “Rockin’ Tykes: “Planes, Trains & Automobiles!”

Thanks to this month’s sponsors via a generous grant, Museums and Cultural Affairs Department - City of El Paso and to our hosts El Paso Public Library.

And to our long-standing supporters Monkdrums and Paso del Norte Children's Development Center.

El Paso produces some great artists!
05/14/2020

El Paso produces some great artists!

DID YOU KNOW THAT ROCK LEGEND STEVIE NICKS OF FLEETWOOD MAC LIVED IN EL PASO FROM 3RD THROUGH 7TH GRADE (1955-1960), ATTENDING LORETTO ACADEMY AND THEN CROCKETT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL?

She returned to El Paso on May 15, 1975, where she performed at the County Coliseum for the first time with her newly organized band: Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, and Stevie Nicks.

PHOTO: Stevie Nicks at Loretto Academy, http://www.inherownwords.com/earlyyrs1.htm

Happy Mother’s Day! The subject of motherhood has inspired artists for millennia. This incredible work by late El Paso a...
05/10/2020

Happy Mother’s Day! The subject of motherhood has inspired artists for millennia. This incredible work by late El Paso artist and mother, Gloria Osuna Perez masterfully conveys the pride of a new mother introducing her baby to friends, family and community. The work is part of the collection of our El Paso Museum of Art.

As we continue to work together to battle the spread of COVID-19 in our community, we are incredibly grateful for first ...
05/09/2020

As we continue to work together to battle the spread of COVID-19 in our community, we are incredibly grateful for first responders and essential workers who are helping to ensure our wellness. This circa 1915 image is from the Digital Wall at our El Paso Museum of History (photo held by our friends at the El Paso Public Library). It is an ambulance outside of what was then Providence Hospital with C.E. McBean at the reins. He ran an ambulance company, but if things didn’t work out, he had you covered—he was also an embalmer and a funeral director! Head to www.digie.org to explore El Paso history 24 hours a day!

Baskets, pottery, historic fragments and even life-sized dioramas are all ways in which our El Paso Museum of Archaeolog...
05/07/2020

Baskets, pottery, historic fragments and even life-sized dioramas are all ways in which our El Paso Museum of Archaeology tells the pre-colonial story of our region.

It’s National Nurse’s Day! How cool is this gallery of generations of El Paso nurses pulled from images users uploaded o...
05/06/2020

It’s National Nurse’s Day! How cool is this gallery of generations of El Paso nurses pulled from images users uploaded on our El Paso Museum of History’s Digital Wall? We’re grateful to the nurses who are working hard to keep us safe now more than ever!

Today is #NationalNursesDay 👩‍⚕️👨‍⚕️!
We’d like to honor and celebrate all nurses (past and present) for their commitment and contributions to our wellbeing. During this time, we are more than ever, grateful for our nurses who stand at the front lines of healthcare during wars, natural disasters and pandemics. Thank you! Here are some nurses that have been uploaded to our digital archive, DIGIE. Click on the pictures to read a description of each entry.
⬇️ In the comments below please SHARE A PHOTO AND CAPTION OF THE NURSES YOU KNOW 📸 so that they too can be added to digie.org and remembered for years to come!

Some of the most popular portraits at our El Paso Museum of Art are reminding you to wear a mask to help reduce the spre...
05/04/2020

Some of the most popular portraits at our El Paso Museum of Art are reminding you to wear a mask to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

This week is National Travel and Tourism & Economic Development Week. Our friends at Visit El Paso have put together a g...
05/04/2020

This week is National Travel and Tourism & Economic Development Week. Our friends at Visit El Paso have put together a great line up of virtual events. Visit their page to register for the webinars.

Today we kick off National Travel & Tourism week and this year, it's more important than ever. It is the#SpiritOfTravel that unites us together and inspires millions each and every day. #nttw20 #stayhomenowtravellater #visitelpaso Take a look at this weeks events, you won't want to miss them!

05/02/2020
El Paso Museum of Art

El Paso Museum of Art

Artist Spotlight: Meet Laura Turon!

Get to know local artist Laura Turon as she answers questions about her life and work as an artist.

Laura graduated with departmental honors from the University of Texas at El Paso with a BFA in Studio Art in Drawing and Graphic Design, a minor in Painting, and a certificate in Exhibition Practices.

Laura's installations have provided her with curatorial experience through art interventions in unconventional public spaces.

You can follow Laura on Instagram at: @TuronLaura and on Facebook at fb.com/lauraturonart.

04/30/2020
El Paso Public Library

Thanks to everyone for joining our virtual Dia De Los Ninos, Dia De Los Libros celebration!

04/30/2020
Annie Jr. -- It's a Hard Knock Life

Dia De Los Ninos, Dia De Los Libros - Kids-N-Co perform It's A Hard Knock Life from Annie!

These kids were part of KNC's Musical Production camp where they worked on "Annie Jr.," performed in the Summer of 2013. The show was directed by class teach...

04/30/2020
El Paso Public Library

Dia De Los Ninos, Dia De Los Libros - Chef Padilla of the Ambar Restaurant inside the Plaza Hotel shows us how to make quesadillas from scratch.

Chef Padilla of the Ambar Restaurant inside the Plaza Hotel shows us how to make quesadillas from scratch.

04/30/2020
El Paso Public Library

Dia De Los Ninos, Dia De Los Libros - El Paso Mayor Dee Margo reads the Ghost of White Eyes.

El Paso Mayor Dee Margo reads the Ghost of White Eyes.

04/30/2020
El Paso Zoo

Dia De Los Ninos, Dia De Los Libros - Live with the El Paso Zoo

04/30/2020
El Paso Public Library

Dia De Los Ninos, Dia De Los Libros - Academy of Aerial Fitness shows us some magically athletic and creative talents. Academy of Aerial Fitness

Aerial Academy of Fitness shows us some magically athletic and creative talents.

04/30/2020
El Paso Public Library

Dia De Los Ninos, Dia De Los Libros - Lisa from the El Paso Public Library shows us how she makes Elote en Vaso.

Lisa shows us how she makes Elote en Vaso.

04/30/2020
El Paso Public Library

Dia De Los Ninos, Dia De Los Libros - El Paso Mayor Dee Margo reads Horton Hatches the Egg.

El Paso Mayor Dee Margo reads Horton Hatches the Egg

04/30/2020
El Paso Parks and Recreation

Dia De Los Ninos - Dia De Los Libros - Live with Parks and Recreation!

We are LIVE for our 2020 Virtual Dia De Los Ninos Event 📚

04/30/2020
El Paso Public Library

Dia De Los Ninos, Dia De Los Libros - Paulina tells us more about Census 2020, including a coloring contest!

Paulina tells us more about Census 2020, including a coloring contest!

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KIDS-N-CO AUDITIONS Auditions for two Marvel Spotlight one-act plays “Hammered: A Thor & Loki Play” and “Mirror of Most Value: A Ms. Marvel Play.” JAN 5-6, 6PM-9PM First Presbyterian Church of El Paso 1340 Murchison Dr. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Sides will be provided. MORE INFO: [email protected] or 915-502-0045. “Hammered: A Thor & Loki Play,” calls for a cast of 20 to include a comic book geek and jock; beings in the Cosmic Void including THOR ODINSON, ATLI, ELLISIV & FRIGG; and beings of Asgard, including THOR, LOKI, ODIN & FREYJA. The show deals with sibling rivalry, but these siblings have super powers. One is the Norse God of Thunder, Master of the Storm, Lord of the Living Lightning, and heir to the throne of eternal Asgard. The other born of a Frost Giant, but now the Norse God of Mischief. Yet they are brothers, and together they are… The Mighty Thor and Loki. As Thor struggles with the stress of final exams, his brother Loki finds himself under a different sort of pressure. Neither is beneath pranks in the endless competition for their parents’ favor. But underneath all the thunder and mischief, these two Princes of Asgard discover a bond that will last millennia. “Mirror of Most Value: A Ms. Marvel Play,” calls for a cast of 20 to include high school teenagers including Kamala Khan, adults including Kamala’s mother, Fan Fiction characters, and super heroes Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Black Widow and Dr. Strange. In “Mirror of Most Value,” a normal teenager gains super powers, but she still has to struggle through being a teenager. When a strange Terrigen Mist descended upon Jersey City, Kamala Khan was imbued with polymorphic powers. Her life was changed forever and so were the lives of her family and friends. Using her newfound abilities to fight evil and protect Jersey City, she became the all-new Ms. Marvel! Kamala attempts to boost Ms. Marvel’s fledgling super hero profile by writing her own fan fiction. But when building a fandom becomes an obsession, Kamala’s schoolwork and relationships begin to suffer. To become the Jersey City hero of her dreams, Kamala must learn to accept herself just as she is – imperfections and all.
I have heard a rumor that there is a statue somewhere in El Paso which commemorates Clemente Aguilar, who at one point was an early street car operator there. Can anyone provide images and/or details about it? He was my great grandfather on my mom's side. Here is a link to his Find A Grave page (we have no photos of him. I dearly wish we did). http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Aguilar&GSfn=Clemente&GSbyrel=all&GSdy=1945&GSdyrel=before&GSob=n&GRid=74411070&df=all& "
¡Vivamos México! Join Consul General #MarcosBucio on the celebration of Mexico's Independence at Chamizal National Memorial on September 15 from 4:30 to 9:30 pm. You can find Mexican snacks, live music and fireworks 🎆. Family friendly and free event
The [email protected] [email protected] Theatre Series presents Just Like Us, Directed by Rebecca Rivas. May 18 @ 7:30PM: La Fe Cultural Center, 721 S. Ochoa May 19 @ 7:30PM: Cafe Mayapan, 2000 Texas (Restaurant Open) May 20 @ 2:30PM: Studio Theater, UTEP, 1st Floor Fox Fine Arts ADMISSION BY DONATION
Join us for In the Next Room April 27, 28 & May 3, 4 & 5 @ 7:30PM and on April 29 & May 6 @ 2:30PM. Tickets $9 - $14 at all Ticketmaster locations. MATURE CONTENT. Contact 915-747-5118 for more information.
Prestigious Tango Couple Coming to El Paso! More Info: elpasodanceworks.com
Join us for A Christmas Carol! December 9 & 15 @ 7:30PM December 10 & 17 @ 2:30PM Tickets: $9 - $14 Venue: William and Marie Wise Family Theater The classic journey of redemption and hope returns to the UTEP stage. Enjoy this heartwarming show that reminds everyone that kindness is the most generous gift. More Info: 915-747-5118
Join us for Bloody Shakespeare! Hell is empty and all the devils are here! Come on a 40 minute journey to the darkest corners of Shakespeare’s mind! Dates: October 27, 30, 31 & November 1, 2, 3 @ 7:00PM, 8:00PM & 9:00PM, October 29 @ 2:00PM, 3:00PM & 4:00PM Location: UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance, Studio Theater TICKETS: Adults: $14; UTEP Faculty/Staff, Seniors, Military, Groups (10+), Alumni (with card), Non-UTEP Students: $12; UTEP Students, Children: $9 More Info: 915-747-5118
EPMArch Turns 40 Years Old Today! October 12, 1977 - October 12, 2017 Please join us this Sunday, October 15 from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM for a free Family Day Celebration with archery, Tigua and Mexican Folk Dance performances, hands-on activity booths, films, food truck vendors and more! Free parking at the National Border Patrol Museum next door.