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KickstArt Downtown

FY 2015-2017


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Museums and Cultural Affairs Department
Board Room
400 W. San Antonio Ave. Suite A
El Paso, TX 79901


  • Arrive 10 minutes early
  • Applicant’s Failure to attend the review panel will result in a score deduction
  • MCAD will not accept late attachments or supplemental materials that were not submitted with the application. Please do not bring these items to the review panel.


To provide support to El Paso recurring arts, cultural and sporting events that activate and enrich downtown El Paso with high quality public experiences that are innovative, accessible and promote both tourism and local interest in downtown El Paso.

KickstArt Downtown funds can be used for project related expenses such as production costs, permits, artistic/talent fees, coordination (including non-permanent event staffing), audience development, and marketing for recurring arts events and recurring sporting events that promote tourism.

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Have a demonstrated capacity of at least three (3) years of successful public programming

  • Have qualified artistic/administrative leadership capable of completing the proposed project with a commitment to funding artists and artistic products and promoting tourism

  • Proposed activities must start no earlier than September 1, and end no later than August 31, of the applicable City of El Paso fiscal year

  • Proposed project must be conducted within the core of Downtown El Paso (See map) and be a recurring event

  • Proposed project must have be able to demonstrate a draw to tourists

  • Awardees must submit a final report with an included budget summary

  • Awardees must not be the recipient of another MCAD cultural funding award for the same project in the current fiscal year

  • MCAD Employees and family members in the same household can not apply

  • One time events/programs or events that are primarily operated as fundraisers are ineligible



For Further Information or Questions Please Contact:

Socorro Q. Diamondstein
Cultural Funding Coordinator
City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department
400 W. San Antonio Ave. Suite A, El Paso, Texas 79901
915.541.4167 | diamondsteinsq@elpasotexas.gov