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! 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
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Spring Camps for Kids at El Paso Museum of Art Introduce your child to the endless possibilities of self-expression, and...
02/25/2021

Spring Camps for Kids at El Paso Museum of Art

Introduce your child to the endless possibilities of self-expression, and let them discover the artist within.

Painting class led by Teaching Artist Criselda Lopez
March 15th-18th, from 10am -11am (Ages 6-9)
Sculpture class led by Teaching Artist Angel Peña
March 15th-18th, from 1pm -2pm (Ages 10-13)
Follow the link https://epma.art/art.../classes-and-registration/children for registration.

Registrants will receive a free art kit with all materials needed to complete the activities.
[Image description: Text in front of a white square on a gray and blue background reads: “Virtual Spring Camps For Kids". The second image, text in front of a gray square on a blue and white background reads 'Virtual Painting Class, March 15th-18th, (Ages 10-13). The third image, text in front of a blue square on a white and gray background reads "Virtual Sculpture Class, March 15th -18th, (Ages 10-13)"]
#MyEPMA #ExploreEPMA #VirtualEPMA #VirtualSpringCamps2021 #EPMAFromHome #VirtualSculptureClass #VirtualPaintingClass

Spring Camps for Kids at El Paso Museum of Art

Introduce your child to the endless possibilities of self-expression, and let them discover the artist within.

Painting class led by Teaching Artist Criselda Lopez
March 15th-18th, from 10am -11am (Ages 6-9)

Sculpture class led by Teaching Artist Angel Peña
March 15th-18th, from 1pm -2pm (Ages 10-13)

Follow the link https://epma.art/art-school/classes-and-registration/children for registration.

Registrants will receive a free art kit with all materials needed to complete the activities.

[Image description: Text in in front of a white square on a gray and blue background reads: “Virtual Spring Camps For Kids". Second image, text in front of a gray square on a blue and white background reads 'Virtual Painting Class, March 15th-18th, (Ages 10-13). Third image, text in front of a blue square on a white and gray background reads "Virtual Sculpture Class, March 15th -18th, (Ages 10-13)"]

#MyEPMA #ExploreEPMA #VirtualEPMA #VirtualSpringCamps2021 #EPMAFromHome #VirtualSculptureClass #VirtualPaintingClass

Public Art Program Supervisor, Miriam García, gives an interview regarding the public art piece, “Flores del Desierto” b...
02/24/2021

Public Art Program Supervisor, Miriam García, gives an interview regarding the public art piece, “Flores del Desierto” by artist Christopher Weed. “Flores del Desierto” was awarded People’s Choice Award by @codaworx in 2020.

"A to Z" is one of our favorite past exhibitions at the El Paso Museum of History. In this exhibition, guests were taken...
02/23/2021

"A to Z" is one of our favorite past exhibitions at the El Paso Museum of History. In this exhibition, guests were taken back to El Paso's history through artifacts, photographs, stories, and events all presented in alphabetical order. We can't wait to see you at our new exhibitions in the future when our museums are open.

Celebrating #BlackHistoryMonth!
02/22/2021

Celebrating #BlackHistoryMonth!

In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth, we are highlighting individuals and community organizations who have made prominent contributions to the African American and greater El Paso community.

Thelma White
Thelma Joyce White, with the help of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), played an important role in the 1955 desegregation of Texas Western College (now UTEP).

Thelma attended Douglass High School. Douglass School was organized by black families in 1883, and later added a high school program in the 1890s. In 1920, the school moved to its current location on Eucalyptus Street in central El Paso. Thelma graduated as class valedictorian in 1954. With hopes to pursue a higher education, Thelma applied to Texas Western College in the fall, but her admission was rejected. Because higher education was excluded from the Brown v. Board of Education ruling this meant African Americans were limited to attending Prairie View A&M and Texas Southern universities.

Because of her rejection from Texas Western, she instead enrolled to New Mexico A&M (now NMSU) in Las Cruces, New Mexico. It wasn't until March of 1955 that White, with the help of the NAACP, filed a federal lawsuit against TWC for rejecting her application because of her race. Federal judge Robert E. Thomason ruled the segregation unconstitutional and concluded that all the University of Texas System must admit African Americans to its undergraduate colleges.

Texas Western College became the first public college in Texas to allow African American students admission. Because Thelma decided to remain at NMSU, she was not among the first 12 students that were enrolled and accepted in the fall of 1955. However, three of her four children would later attend TWC. In 1962, the City of El Paso Texas passed an anti-discriminatory ordinance which prohibits racial discrimination making it the first of its kind in the state of Texas.

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Image of Thelma White
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#FlashbackFriday to when Grammy Award-winning Ozomatli rocked the Music Under the Stars stage in 2018.
02/19/2021

#FlashbackFriday to when Grammy Award-winning Ozomatli rocked the Music Under the Stars stage in 2018.

02/19/2021
Kids Excel El Paso

MCAD Cultural Funding Awardee Kids Excel El Paso is masked up and moving!

Masked up, socially distant, slathered in sanitizer.. but dancing TOGETHER! It has been almost an entire year since we’ve been together in the KEEP studio. Wow! Words cannot describe how much joy was in this room tonight as members of our KEEP Celebration Team prepared for an upcoming virtual performance. We can’t stop smiling (under our masks, of course!). Life is sweet. #teachingexcellence #welcomeback #dancingwithmymask
(We do not own the rights to this music)

Broadway Update!!
02/18/2021

Broadway Update!!

Broadway Update 🎭 Waitress has been rescheduled for May 2022 🥧 More info at elpasolive.com or #linkinbio

This weather has us missing El Paso WinterFest and the Sun City Express rolling down San Jacinto Plaza. Take us back!
02/18/2021

This weather has us missing El Paso WinterFest and the Sun City Express rolling down San Jacinto Plaza. Take us back!

Did you know MCAD Cultural Funding Awardee Creative Kids was recognized as one of the top youth programs in the U.S. by ...
02/17/2021

Did you know MCAD Cultural Funding Awardee Creative Kids was recognized as one of the top youth programs in the U.S. by the White House for their incredible arts education delivery to kids in pediatric oncology wards, public housing and those whose parents are part of the migrant agricultural economy? We are as proud of Kaelani’s collage she created in the hospital through Creative Kids instruction as she is!

We love Kaelani’s and her beautiful artwork made from tissue paper and Mod Podge. Kaelani remarked that her favorite part of the hospital was “art and grapes.” Happy to make her stay a little bit brighter full of color and fruit!

New activity available on EPMA's website! Crossword puzzle.Visit www.epma.art to learn about EPMA’s current exhibitions,...
02/16/2021

New activity available on EPMA's website! Crossword puzzle.
Visit www.epma.art to learn about EPMA’s current exhibitions, collections, virtual art activities and more. Click the link https://el-paso-museum-of-art-production.s3.amazonaws.com... to complete this downloadable crossword puzzle. Navigate through all sections of EPMA’s website, and watch the tour videos available to find the answers.
Share your answers with us! Tag us @elpasomuseumofart, and use the hashtag #EPMAcrosswordpuzzle.
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#MyEPMA #ExploreEPMA #VirtualEPMA #EPMAcrosswordpuzzle

New activity available on EPMA's website! Crossword puzzle.

Visit www.epma.art to learn about EPMA’s current exhibitions, collections, virtual art activities and more. Click the link https://el-paso-museum-of-art-production.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/files/000/000/109/original/EPMA_-_crossword_puzzle1.pdf?1613349574 to complete this downloadable crossword puzzle. Navigate through all sections of EPMA’s website, and watch the tour videos available to find the answers.

Share your answers with us! Tag us @elpasomuseumofart, and use the hashtag #EPMAcrosswordpuzzle.
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#MyEPMA #ExploreEPMA #VirtualEPMA #EPMAcrosswordpuzzle

02/16/2021
El Paso Museum of History

Although our museum and digital wall remain closed to the public, we celebrated DIGIE's birthday on Valentines Day! 🎂

Although our museum and digital wall remain closed to the public, today we celebrate DIGIE's birthday! 🎂✨

The Digital Information Gateway in El Paso (known as DIGIE) was funded by the 2012 Quality of Life Bond. On this day in 2015, the El Paso Museum of History’s digital wall opened to the public! Displayed across five touchscreen monitors, totaling a massive 35 feet in length, DIGIE serves as a vast collection of El Paso’s history reflecting our region through time, neighborhoods, and themes.

Did you know ❓
DIGIE is 1 of 4 digital walls in the world, and the only one its kind in the United States!

DIGIE presents a moving 3D collage of El Paso’s community history and contemporary life. There are over 15,000 images uploaded on the community digital archive. Just because our museum is currently closed, that doesn't mean you can't interact with DIGIE. By visiting DIGIE.org on your computer or mobile device, users can view and contribute to the community archive!

Staff at El Paso Museum of Archaeology! We miss having all of our museums open and full of people. See you soon, El Paso...
02/16/2021

Staff at El Paso Museum of Archaeology! We miss having all of our museums open and full of people. See you soon, El Paso! 😀

February 16, 2021

We were at the office today catching up on projects. Itzel made calls to some of those registered for COVID 19 vaccinations through the City. She is part of a cross-department team of employees that are helping out in this effort. Check out our new body heat sensor to make sure no one has a fever at the front door!

The Museum remains closed to the public at this time due to concerns over the evolving COVID 19 pandemic.

Today, on February 15, 1686, Jean-Baptiste Lully’s “Armide” was first performed by the Paris Opera at the Théâtre du P...
02/15/2021

Today, on February 15, 1686, Jean-Baptiste Lully’s “Armide” was first performed by the Paris Opera at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal.

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! “The Education of Cupid,” on display at our El Paso Museum of Art features the ancient god ...
02/13/2021

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! “The Education of Cupid,” on display at our El Paso Museum of Art features the ancient god of love with his two parents, Venus and Mercury, who are definitely more interested in each other than their child. The work was painted in Venice at a period when its artists’ works were sought after for their richness and quality of light which almost glows.

Lambert Sustris, The Education of Cupid, (c. 1540 -1545). Oil on canvas, 71.5 x 46 inches. El Paso Museum of Art, Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1961.1.32. Photograph by Marty Snortum.

This month be sure to stop by San Jacinto Plaza downtown to take a photo with Visit El Paso's letters wrapped in a celeb...
02/13/2021

This month be sure to stop by San Jacinto Plaza downtown to take a photo with Visit El Paso's letters wrapped in a celebration of Black History Month!

This month be sure to stop by San Jacinto Plaza in downtown to take a photo with our letters wrapped in celebration of Black History Month!

In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth, we are highlighting individuals and community organizations who have made prominent cont...
02/13/2021

In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth, we are highlighting individuals and community organizations who have made prominent contributions to the African American and greater El Paso community.
Dr. Lawrence A. Nixon 👨🏾‍⚕️✨
Dr. Nixon, an African American physician, and civil rights activist, is known for his role in the advancement of race relations in the southwest borderlands. In 1907, Dr. Nixon established his medical practice in Cameron, Texas. However, due to the violent racial climate of central Texas at that time and a traumatic encounter with a lynch mob, Nixon relocated to El Paso, Texas in 1909 and lived here until his death in 1966.
Dr. Nixon practiced medicine in the Segundo Barrio neighborhood of El Paso for fifty years. By treating primarily Mexican and Mexican American patients, he learned how to speak Spanish fluently.
He advocated for the establishment of an all-Black hospital to combat Jim Crow practices, such as the segregation of medical services and the exclusion of Black physicians from joining local medical societies. Although this did not come to fruition, Nixon’s efforts promoted concerns about access to proper healthcare for the Black community.
During a historically public period of racism in El Paso, Dr. Nixon helped establish and organize the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1914 where he served as both chairman and lifelong member. This NAACP branch was the first established in the state of Texas.
In 1923, Texas legislatures passed the Terrell Election law, which prohibited African Americans from voting in Democratic primaries. To challenge this, Dr. Nixon put forth a request to vote on July 26, 1924. His request was refused, but after a twenty-year struggle, Dr. Nixon, along with the support and sponsorship of his El Paso attorney Fred C. Knollenberg and the NAACP, won their cases carried by the United States Supreme Court. This win marked a significant contribution towards voting rights for African Americans.
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Image of Dr. Lawrence A. Nixon
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In honor of #BlackHistoryMonth, we are highlighting individuals and community organizations who have made prominent contributions to the African American and greater El Paso community.

Dr. Lawrence A. Nixon 👨🏾‍⚕️✨
Dr. Nixon, an African American physician and civil rights activist, is known for his role in the advancement of race relations in the southwest borderlands. In 1907, Dr. Nixon established his medical practice in Cameron, Texas. However, due to the violent racial climate of central Texas at that time and a traumatic encounter with a lynch mob, Nixon relocated to El Paso, Texas in 1909 and lived here until his death in 1966.

Dr. Nixon practiced medicine in the Segundo Barrio neighborhood of El Paso for fifty years. By treating primarily Mexican and Mexican American patients, he learned how to speak Spanish fluently.

He advocated for the establishment of an all-Black hospital to combat Jim Crow practices, such as the segregation of medical services and the exclusion of Black physicians from joining local medical societies. Although this did not come to fruition, Nixon’s efforts promoted concerns about access to proper healthcare for the Black community.

During a historically public period of racism in El Paso, Dr. Nixon helped establish and organize the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1914 where he served as both chairman and lifelong member. This NAACP branch was the first established in the state of Texas.

In 1923, Texas legislatures passed the Terrell Election law, which prohibited African Americans from voting in Democratic primaries. To challenge this, Dr. Nixon put forth a request to vote on July 26, 1924. His request was refused, but after a twenty-year struggle, Dr. Nixon, along with the support and sponsorship of his El Paso attorney Fred C. Knollenberg and the NAACP, won their cases carried by the United States Supreme Court. This win marked a significant contribution towards voting rights for African Americans.

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Image of Dr. Lawrence A. Nixon
https://www.digie.org/media/14182

02/13/2021
El Paso Museum of History

El Paso Museum of History

Traditions and customs of Lunar New Year 🌙🏮✨
Take a look at this video by Pho Tre Bien, who we partnered with last year for our very first Lunar New Year Celebration. It explains the traditions, food, wear, and customs used to celebrate the holiday!

Did you know that was is now Sky Boulder Park was once a drainage damn? “Sky Boulder”, by artist Willie Ray Parish, serv...
02/12/2021

Did you know that was is now Sky Boulder Park was once a drainage damn? “Sky Boulder”, by artist Willie Ray Parish, serves as a metaphor for the tenuous state of the earth as it hangs in an environmental balance. As the largest and most dramatic sculpture in the park, it is to serve as a magnet for visitors onto the site.

02/12/2021

Happy Lunar New Year! Celebrate the Year of the Ox with El Paso Museum of History DIY Ox Puppet! 🐂✨Perfect to make with your kids during this cold weekend!

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02/11/2021

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#epso90years - In March 1996, the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Gurer Aykal, went on its first European tour, performing to sold-out houses in eight German cities. It was the first overseas tour for the symphony, which was celebrating its 65th anniversary. The 80-member orchestra’s two-week excursion stretched from the North Sea to the majestic Alps. #imaginelpaso

#ThrowbackThursday to a performance we programmed in 2007 of the internationally-acclaimed Harlem Gospel Choir.
02/11/2021

#ThrowbackThursday to a performance we programmed in 2007 of the internationally-acclaimed Harlem Gospel Choir.

How cool is this?  What do MoMA and the El Paso's eastside have in common right now?
02/11/2021

How cool is this? What do MoMA and the El Paso's eastside have in common right now?

This month, artist Olalekan Jeyifous is featured in MoMA’s “Reconstructions: Architecture & Blackness in America” and we are in process of installing his public art project on the Eastside! Here is a section of the “Architectural Digest” article last month on the artist. #blackhistorymonth

One of our favorite murals by artist @msyellowart in the heart of the Downtown Art’s District. This mural was commission...
02/10/2021

One of our favorite murals by artist @msyellowart in the heart of the Downtown Art’s District. This mural was commissioned by @kalavera_cs for Chalk the Block 2019.

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El Paso YOU are ESSENTIAL!!!!! Come get some much needed rest and relaxation on your #STAYcation at the Springhill Suites and Fairfleid Inn and Suites in West El Paso for only $59/night. Our pool is open with limited capacity so book now! www.marriott.com/elpse 915-845-7400 www.marriott.com/elpfi 915-845- 3100
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