MCAD’s mission is to assist in developing a world-class arts community in El Paso, Texas. To accomplish this goal, MCAD has established The Museums Division comprised of the El Paso Museum of Art, the El Paso Museum of Archaeology and the El Paso Museum of History, each dedicated to providing exhibitions and educational activities that recognize the region's multi-cultural heritage. The Cultural Affairs Division implements funding programs, public art programs, cultural tourism initiatives and performing/visual arts events that provide a variety of opportunities to engage in arts and cultural activities that enliven and celebrate the City of El Paso and the region. MCAD is committed to the continued development of the City's arts industry, providing quality programs that represent the city's diverse cultures; and to maximize available resources in order to enhance the City's cultural vitality.
MCAD was formed in 2005, through the consolidation of two previous departments with overlapping cultural missions: The Museums Department and Arts Resources. With combined histories, MCAD has 88 years of experience in providing quality cultural programming for El Pasoans and visitors. Since launching, MCAD has:
- Completed more than 60 public art projects with more than 30 in process
- Overhauled its grantmaking process to maximize transparency and disburse over $3.2 million to local artists and arts organizations
- Created a weekly Downtown Art and Farmers Market in Union Plaza
- Produced new opportunities for large scale festivals and programming showcasing the arts like Chalk the Block while formalizing longstanding summer concert series Music Under the Stars
- Secured State designation for the Downtown Arts District
- Endeavored to better align cultural work with larger economic development goals
- Sustained growth at three municipal museums that provide stewardship of over 18,000 items, traveling exhibitions and year-round programming
If you have any questions pertaining invoicing, vendor forms or have general questions visit our Staff Directory for staff contact information.
Notice to Vendors: How to Submit an Invoice and Receive Payment
After a good or service has been rendered, an invoice must be submitted to the MCAD Business Office to request payment. To ensure prompt payment, invoices must be submitted no later than 15 days after goods/services are rendered. An invoice template is available here.
Required Invoice Information:
- The word "invoice" must be printed prominently at the top of the document.
- Must include the vendor's name as it appears on their W-9 (no nicknames or artist names)
- Must include the vendor's remittance address, phone number, and email address.
- Must include a unique invoice number, date, and Purchase Order number, if applicable.
- Must be itemized and include the total amount due.
- Do not include sales tax; the City of El Paso is exempt from paying sales tax in the state of Texas.
Where to Submit Your Invoice:
- By Mail: MCAD Business Office, 400 W. San Antoino Ave., Ste. A, El Paso, TX 79901
- By Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Must be submitted in Word or PDF format).
- The City of El Paso pays within 30 days of invoice
- Payments are made via check or Direct Deposit; Direct Deposit is strongly encouraged.
For more information, please contact the MCAD Business Office at (915)212-0110 or email@example.com.
The Museums and Cultural Affairs Advisory Board is established to advise the department on matters pertaining to, but not limited, to the cultural funding program, public art programming, and other departmental matters, as determined by the Director. View the list of Museums & Cultural Affairs Advisory Board.