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Mexic Arte Museum (Austin, TX 78701-3542)
George Vargas (Project Director: May 2020 to March 2022)

Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)
Preservation and Access

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$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2020 – 8/31/2021

Preserving and Utilizing the Mexic-Arte Museum Collection on the US Mexico Border

The retention of five jobs, the hiring of a contractor, and stipends for five humanities scholars to catalog and digitize a collection of over 800 recently acquired artworks and reference materials focusing on the U.S./Mexico Border and to develop an online exhibition and educational program using the collection.

Mexic-Arte Museum requests $100,000 to preserve and digitize a recent collection donation of over 800 artworks and reference materials, focusing on the U.S./ Mexico border. We need your support to make this collection available to the general public and to create compelling programs to raise awareness about current issues facing our community. An online exhibition featuring a selection of the works, a series of online virtual humanities programs, and educational tours will be produced to engage and educate the community. The collection concentrates on work made by artists in the El Paso-Juarez U.S. Mexico border region over the last 30 years. Interpreting borderland cultural history, these artists speak to socioeconomic issues. Once catalogued the artwork will inspire dialogue on these pressing current issues. Plans for 2020 came to a standstill due to the pandemic and economic crisis. Support from NEH will make possible this project that warrants immediate attention.