El Paso, TX Arts & Culture Overview

Attractions include museums, galleries, theaters

By Braxton Shoop on May 11, 2015 at 6:00 am EST
War Eagles Air Museum in Santa Teresa, NM

PHOTO CREDIT: Staff Photographer

Residents and visitors are front row center to a variety of cultural events, experiences and attractions in Greater El Paso that add to the community's quality of life:

History

Museums are plentiful in El Paso, including the El Paso Museum of History that features five galleries showcasing 400 years of U.S./Mexico border history. El Paso Holocaust Museum educates visitors about the Nazi Holocaust and the victims who perished and survived, and the Magoffin Home State Historic Site is a 19-room adobe building constructed in 1875 and is El Paso’s only historic house museum.

War Eagles Air Museum is located at Dona Ana County Airport and features 30 military and civilian aircraft of the World War II-Korean War period, while El Paso Museum of Archaeology at Wilderness Park has exhibits detailing the first inhabitants of the El Paso area and greater Southwest. Other attractions in Greater El Paso include Fort Bliss & Old Ironsides Museum and Tigua Indian Cultural Center.

Visual & Performing Arts

Paint the town by visiting several arts-based venues throughout the area, including the International Museum of Art that showcases thousands of global artifacts and hosts several traveling exhibitions. El Paso Museum of Art houses a permanent collection of more than 6,000 works of art from masters such as de Ribera, Murillo and van Dyck, and the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Center hosts Broadway shows, concerts, the El Paso Symphony and film festivals, and it was named one of the Top 100 Performing Arts Venues in the World by Pollstar.

Other major contributors to the community's arts and culture scene include Abraham Chavez Theatre, Scottish Rite Theater and the UTEP Ballet.

Artspace El Paso

Drawing attention in the city are plans to develop an Artspace El Paso arts incubator community that is tentatively scheduled to open in mid 2016. Artspace is a Minneapolis-based developer of affordable artists' housing nationwide, and an El Paso Community Foundation fundraising project will bring 50 Artspace apartment lofts, six commercial spaces, 50 parking spaces and public areas for events in the downtown district.

Much of the funding for the development originates from a Low Income Housing Tax Credit that since 1986 has provided incentives to developers to create affordable rental units for the working poor.

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