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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Congratulations to local artist and community champion Jesus Cimi Alvarado! The artist has been a previous recipient of ...
12/27/2021

Congratulations to local artist and community champion Jesus Cimi Alvarado! The artist has been a previous recipient of MCAD Artist Incubator Program funding and also selected for public art commissions. El Paso Inc. chose Alvarado for The 2021 Community Spirit Award as a “son of the Segundo Barrio, relentless advocate for borderland pride and the embodiment of the modern Chicano movement. Described earlier this year by The New York Times as ‘one of the kings of El Paso muralism,’ Jesus “Cimi” Alvarado has lifted the region’s cultural prominence this year with his artwork and appearances in national media – the ABC 20/20 series “Soul of a Nation” in September, the PBS show “La Frontera” in October.”

The 2021 #CommunitySpirit Award goes to no other than El Paso artist Jesus “Cimi” Alvarado. Alvarado’s murals are a great reflection of El Paso’s unique culture, have left a lasting impact on the city and have given the community national prominence.

Click here to learn more about Alvarado and his art: http://ow.ly/nA2R50Hjasj

Presented by WestStar Bank.

Happy Holidays from the staff of the City of El Paso Museums & Cultural Affairs Department! May the season bring you and...
12/24/2021

Happy Holidays from the staff of the City of El Paso Museums & Cultural Affairs Department! May the season bring you and your family peace, light and prosperity. Sharing this wonderful shot of Scenic Drive by Mark Lambie for the @elpasotimes.

Happy Holidays from the staff of the City of El Paso Museums & Cultural Affairs Department! May the season bring you and your family peace, light and prosperity. Sharing this wonderful shot of Scenic Drive by Mark Lambie for the @elpasotimes.

#throwbackthursday to 2011, when we organized a pop-up holiday mural downtown!
12/23/2021

#throwbackthursday to 2011, when we organized a pop-up holiday mural downtown!

#throwbackthursday to 2011, when we organized a pop-up holiday mural downtown!

Incredible shot of an incredible art piece completed through our Public Art Program. A local artist highlighting how US-...
12/21/2021

Incredible shot of an incredible art piece completed through our Public Art Program. A local artist highlighting how US-Mexico disputes and policies have directly impacted and been impacted by the neighborhood he grew up in!

"Blurred Boundaries" is the public art component for the City of Paso's Chamizal Community Center. The artwork highlights the rich history of the neighborhood--including as the setting for resolution of US-Mexico disputes during the last century under the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. Local artist Jesus Cimi Alvarado's initial mural was translated into 1,720 square feet of glass panels that are illuminated at night crowning the facility.

12/21/2021
New digie.org website!

El Paso's digital community archive is just a click away!

Now you can access the entire DIGIE wall virtually from anywhere in the world. The new and improved digie.org website allows users to browse or upload photos/video from your desktop, laptop, or mobile device. Explore this and more at digie.org or visit DIGIE in person during museum hours.

Did you know MCAD is the largest driver of local murals like this one by @lxsdos? Through our Artist Incubator Program, ...
12/17/2021

Did you know MCAD is the largest driver of local murals like this one by @lxsdos? Through our Artist Incubator Program, Public Art Program and commissions from our museums and Chalk the Block festival, MCAD provides opportunities for artists to enrich our community’s walls.

Did you know MCAD is the largest driver of local murals like this one by @lxsdos? Through our Artist Incubator Program, Public Art Program and commissions from our museums and Chalk the Block festival, MCAD provides opportunities for artists to enrich our community’s walls.

Local writers! Check this out!
12/15/2021

Local writers! Check this out!

Grant News!

The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants to published creative #writers.

In 2022 we are accepting applications in poetry. Applications due March 10, 2022.

Learn how to apply: https://go.usa.gov/xe64W

The WinterFest fun continues at El Paso Museum of Art with Winter Art Workshops. Get inspired by 90s fashion garments fr...
12/09/2021

The WinterFest fun continues at El Paso Museum of Art with Winter Art Workshops.

Get inspired by 90s fashion garments from the exhibition on view - "Fashion Nirvana: Runway to Everyday."

Bucket Hat Painting Workshop
Saturday, December 11
12pm - 3pm

Scarf Print Patterns
Saturday, December 18
12 pm - 3pm

Visit https://epma.art/art-school/classes-and-registration/classes-and-workshop to register.

Join us for our winter art workshops!

Get inspired by 90s fashion garments from the exhibition on view at EPMA- "Fashion Nirvana: Runway to Everyday"

Bucket Hat Painting Workshop
Saturday, December 11th
12PM – 3PM

Scarf Print Patterns
Saturday, December 18th
12PM – 3PM

To register please visit https://epma.art/art-school/classes-and-registration/classes-and-workshops
Would you like to save 20% on these workshops? Become an EPMA member today https://www.epma.art/membership/become-a-member-or-gift-a-membership

Our thoughts go out to his family and our colleagues at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site. Harris served on the the ...
12/09/2021

Our thoughts go out to his family and our colleagues at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site. Harris served on the the City of El Paso Museums & Cultural Affairs Advisory Board where he was very engaged with issues related to collections.

Today is the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, and what better way to learn more than to head to our El Paso Museum of Histor...
12/08/2021

Today is the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, and what better way to learn more than to head to our El Paso Museum of History to see the new exhibition, “El Paso’s Homegrown: World War II.

On December 7, 1941 just before 8 AM, Japanese forces began a surprise attack on #PearlHarbor, a United States naval base located near Honolulu, Hawaii. The attack was intended to destroy the United States’ Pacific fleet, and over 2,400 Americans died in the attack. The following day, on December 8, 1941, the United States declared war on Japan, marking the United States’ official entrance into World War II.

From the internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans to the men of Company E, “El Paso’s Homegrown” examines the ways in which the Borderland was irrevocably changed by these national and international events. We encourage you visit and learn more about the impact of World War II on the lives of everyday El Pasoans at home and abroad.

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Image of: El Paso Times Newspaper (December 8, 1941)
Courtesy of: El Paso Museum of History- Permanent Collections
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We are proud that our El Paso Museum of Art partnered with Beautiful Minds MALI to highlight the creativity of some amaz...
12/06/2021
Museum of Art displays work of individuals with different abilities

We are proud that our El Paso Museum of Art partnered with Beautiful Minds MALI to highlight the creativity of some amazing young artists!

“Unveiling our True Creativity” – an exhibit showcasing the work of individuals with different abilities from across the borderland – was showcased at the El Paso Museum of Art.

11/30/2021
El Paso Museum of History- #GivingTuesday

Happy #GivingTuesday!

Show your generosity and give back to the community by supporting our El Paso Museums.

Read below on how you can support the El Paso Museum of History.

As members of our community begin the first night of Hanukkah, we wish everyone a season of hope and light!
11/29/2021

As members of our community begin the first night of Hanukkah, we wish everyone a season of hope and light!

As members of our community begin the first night of Hanukkah, we wish everyone a season of hope and light!

Happy Thanksgiving Day!Our Museums will be closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday and will reopen Saturday, November 27.
11/25/2021

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Our Museums will be closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday and will reopen Saturday, November 27.

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Our Museums will be closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday and will reopen Saturday, November 27.

MCAD is a proud awardee of $250,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts in recovery funds to grant directly to loca...
11/22/2021

MCAD is a proud awardee of $250,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts in recovery funds to grant directly to local arts/cultural non-profit organizations and El Paso's artists in our next grant cycle! This funding is a critical part of our efforts to ensure our local creative sector continues to be able to produce and present works and help continue to drive El Paso's vibrancy! Read more at the "El Paso Times:" https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/local/el-paso/2021/11/19/el-paso-gets-federal-grant-soften-covid-19-impact-arts-culture/8685508002/

MCAD is a proud awardee of $250,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts in recovery funds to grant directly to local arts/cultural non-profit organizations and El Paso's artists in our next grant cycle! This funding is a critical part of our efforts to ensure our local creative sector continues to be able to produce and present works and help continue to drive El Paso's vibrancy! Read more at the "El Paso Times:" https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/local/el-paso/2021/11/19/el-paso-gets-federal-grant-soften-covid-19-impact-arts-culture/8685508002/

Join the El Paso Downtown Art and Farmers Market today as they kick-off the WinterFest Season with the Holiday Market to...
11/20/2021

Join the El Paso Downtown Art and Farmers Market today as they kick-off the WinterFest Season with the Holiday Market today from 12 pm - 8 pm.

They’ll have over 50 vendors perfect for your Holiday shopping.

Join the El Paso Downtown Art and Farmers Market today as they kick-off the WinterFest Season with the Holiday Market today from 12 pm - 8 pm.

They’ll have over 50 vendors perfect for your Holiday shopping.

11/20/2021
Fact Friday - EP Homegrown: WWII (English Subtitles)

The El Paso Museum of History’s newest exhibition, El Paso’s Homegrown: World War II opens today at 6 p.m.

The exhibition features El Paso’s contribution to World War II. Hear more about it from Erica Marin, El Paso Museum of History Director in the video below.

Join us tonight at our El Paso Museum of Archaeology for Native American storytelling under the stars!
11/19/2021

Join us tonight at our El Paso Museum of Archaeology for Native American storytelling under the stars!

Join us tonight at our El Paso Museum of Archaeology for Native American storytelling under the stars!

Head to the runway! “Fashion Nirvana” is now open at our El Paso Museum of Art!
11/18/2021

Head to the runway! “Fashion Nirvana” is now open at our El Paso Museum of Art!

A new exhibition at our El Paso Museum of History will explore El Paso's connections to WWII.
11/15/2021
'El Paso’s Homegrown: World War II' exhibition opens at Museum of History on Saturday

A new exhibition at our El Paso Museum of History will explore El Paso's connections to WWII.

The El Paso Museum of History will open its new exhibition "El Paso’s Homegrown: World War II," on Saturday. RECOMMENDATION:'Fashion Nirvana: Runway to Everyday' exhibition coming to El Paso Museum of Art Nov. 12. According to a news release from the museum, the exhibition will highlight El Pa...

Gianni Versace’s “safety-pin dress” is one of the most iconic designs of the 1990s and is featured in "Fashion Nirvana: ...
11/12/2021
THE STORY OF: Elizabeth Hurley And The Versace Safety Pin Dress - 29Secrets

Gianni Versace’s “safety-pin dress” is one of the most iconic designs of the 1990s and is featured in "Fashion Nirvana: Runway to Everyday" opening today ay our El Paso Museum of Art! Learn about how this dress became a media sensation before you visit!

It was the spring of 1994 when of-the-moment English heartthrob Hugh Grant was upstaged at the premiere of his soon-to-be-hit film Four Weddings and a Funeral – not by a co-star or his sultry date, Elizabeth “Liz” Hurley, but by the black Versace safety pin dress that would turn her into an ov...

How cool is this? You can come visit an honorably discharged veteran at the El Paso Zoo during Veteran’s Day!
11/11/2021

How cool is this? You can come visit an honorably discharged veteran at the El Paso Zoo during Veteran’s Day!

Our El Paso Museum of History is prepping a new exhibition exploring multiple facets of WWII and the contributions El Pa...
11/11/2021

Our El Paso Museum of History is prepping a new exhibition exploring multiple facets of WWII and the contributions El Pasoans made. The exhibition highlights the Bracero Program, the Men of Company E, the home effort that discovers women entering the workforce, Tom Lea and his work as a war correspondent, contributions of Indigenous tribes, Japanese internment, and both fronts of the war from Europe and the Pacific.

Our El Paso Museum of History is prepping a new exhibition exploring multiple facets of WWII and the contributions El Pasoans made. The exhibition highlights the Bracero Program, the Men of Company E, the home effort that discovers women entering the workforce, Tom Lea and his work as a war correspondent, contributions of Indigenous tribes, Japanese internment, and both fronts of the war from Europe and the Pacific.

In Honor of Veterans Day, the El Paso Museum of History, El Paso Museum of Art and El Paso Museum of Archaeology will be...
11/11/2021

In Honor of Veterans Day, the El Paso Museum of History, El Paso Museum of Art and El Paso Museum of Archaeology will be closed on Thursday, November 11.

Services will resume Friday, November 12.

In Honor of Veterans Day, the El Paso Museum of History, El Paso Museum of Art and El Paso Museum of Archaeology will be closed on Thursday, November 11.

Services will resume Friday, November 12.

Join El Paso Museum of Art this Friday, November 12 at 5:00 p.m. for the opening of "Fashion Nirvana: Runway to Everyday...
11/10/2021

Join El Paso Museum of Art this Friday, November 12 at 5:00 p.m. for the opening of "Fashion Nirvana: Runway to Everyday" Members Preview Event.

They'll have live jewelry making and textiles demonstrations designed and handcrafted by local artists Criselda Lopez, Claudia Bernal and EPCC Fashion technology program.

Applause for this young artist in our community!
11/10/2021

Applause for this young artist in our community!

Detail of artist Greg Reiche’s 2014 public art project, “Firebird.” The sculpture which features 1,000 pieces of kinetic...
11/09/2021

Detail of artist Greg Reiche’s 2014 public art project, “Firebird.” The sculpture which features 1,000 pieces of kinetic glass is inspired by a firefighter’s hook, one of the crucial tools used in rescue operations. See the full work installed at Fire Station 5!

Through our Cultural Funding Program, we support Las Artistas, a showcase for local and visiting artists selling origina...
11/09/2021
Las Artistas |

Through our Cultural Funding Program, we support Las Artistas, a showcase for local and visiting artists selling original work and design! Make plans to attend!

The 2021 Las Artistas Art & Fine Crafts Show will be held November 20 & 21 at the historic Epic Railyard Event Center at 2201 E. Mills Avenue, one of El Paso’s coolest new event centers! The annual show features something for everyone, including great art and fine crafts, El Paso’s finest food t...

11/06/2021

Our El Paso Museum of Art is readying an incredible exhibition of fashion!

It’s Native American Heritage Month, and there’s no place better in El Paso to learn about indigenous presence, actions ...
11/05/2021

It’s Native American Heritage Month, and there’s no place better in El Paso to learn about indigenous presence, actions and culture in the Borderland than our El Paso Museum of Archaeology! This throwback Thursday pic is of a dancer performing there in 2016.

It’s Native American Heritage Month, and there’s no place better in El Paso to learn about indigenous presence, actions and culture in the Borderland than our El Paso Museum of Archaeology! This throwback Thursday pic is of a dancer performing there in 2016.

Get excited! Get ready! Mark your calendar for this year’s WinterFest season!#iamelpaso #EPWinterFest
11/03/2021

Get excited! Get ready!
Mark your calendar for this year’s WinterFest season!

#iamelpaso #EPWinterFest

Get excited! Get ready!
Mark your calendar for this year’s WinterFest season!

#iamelpaso #EPWinterFest

Join us for a Virtual Public Art Meeting to discuss an upcoming public art component for the Eastside Regional Command C...
11/02/2021

Join us for a Virtual Public Art Meeting to discuss an upcoming public art component for the Eastside Regional Command Center.

The meeting is via Zoom on Thursday, November 04, from 6 PM to 7 PM.

You can register in advance by visiting the link below.
https://bit.ly/3EnSpTm

Join us for a Virtual Public Art Meeting to discuss an upcoming public art component for the Eastside Regional Command Center.

The meeting is via Zoom on Thursday, November 04, from 6 PM to 7 PM.

You can register in advance by visiting the link below.
https://bit.ly/3EnSpTm

#throwbackthursday to artist Olalekan Jeyifous (left) discussing his ideas for a new work at the then unbuilt BEAST Urba...
10/28/2021

#throwbackthursday to artist Olalekan Jeyifous (left) discussing his ideas for a new work at the then unbuilt BEAST Urban Park. Did you know community feedback is threaded throughout multiple steps of our public art program’s process? From panels to select artists, to community meetings to meet artists and provide feedback on their ideas, to work and dialogue through the Public Art Commitee, artists are tasked with engagement!

#throwbackthursday to artist Olalekan Jeyifous (left) discussing his ideas for a new work at the then unbuilt BEAST Urban Park. Did you know community feedback is threaded throughout multiple steps of our public art program’s process? From panels to select artists, to community meetings to meet artists and provide feedback on their ideas, to work and dialogue through the Public Art Commitee, artists are tasked with engagement!

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EP can open bars, strip clubs and even pools. But EP can't open culturally related venues. Really? Culture and Art is important in this City!
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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 & F***G; 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