Approximately 72% of El Paso voters approved the Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC) as one of three Signature Projects of the 2012 Quality of Life Bond. The Mexican American Cultural Center will provide residents and visitors with a dynamic space for the creation, exhibition and celebration of Mexican American art and culture. The MACC will be co-located at the El Paso Main Library in the heart of the El Paso Downtown Arts District and in in close proximity to existing tourist and cultural amenities.
When completed, the MACC will include amenities and programmatic spaces that will provide opportunities for creative output within all disciplines.
- Exhibition spaces
- Performance spaces, including a state of the art auditorium and black box theatre
- Classrooms and a dance studio
- Broadcast and recording studios
- Archival facilities
- Culinary programs and a rooftop lounge
- Artist-in-residence studio
- Indoor and outdoor programmable spaces
This project will be a powerful economic driver, amplifying a current annual $103 million economic impact of existing museums and non-profit cultural sector on our economy. As the largest community on the US/Mexico Border, El Paso has a unique opportunity to explore how our location and rich heritage can inspire programming as well as drive conversations within our community.
The MACC will be overseen by the City of El Paso’s Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD). MCAD oversees the three existing municipal Museums; El Paso Museum of Archaeology, El Paso Museum of Art and El Paso Museum of History as well as large-scale community cultural programming and the City’s Public Art Program.