The event focus is on providing the residents of El Paso, and tourists to the area, educational programs, and events that celebrate the rich and diverse cultural contributions that are part of the Ysleta Mission history. The Ysleta Mission, which is the oldest continuous operating mission in the state of Texas, has played an important part to bind together the rich heritage, and cultural traditions of the Pueblo Indians, Spaniards, Mestizos, and others dating back to the 17th century.
As part of our continuing effort to promote the cultural richness of the Lower Valley, a second Cultural Arts Market will take place this year on December 11th on the Ysleta Mission historic grounds. The Ysleta Mission Cultural Arts Market will include cultural demonstrations, entertainment, tours of the historic mission, traditional foods and beverages; and artists showcasing their art and craftsmanship. The traditional dances of all three cultures will be performed, including a special presentation by the Viva El Paso Special Edition Company.
The Cultural Arts Market will begin following the annual celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe which includes a procession through Historic Main Street Ysleta, and an outdoor Mass in front of the mission. The Tigua Tribe, Matechines, horseback riders and our groups will participate in the celebration.
The Ysleta Mission Cultural Arts Committee is seeking vendors for a Cultural Arts Market being held Saturday, December 11, 2010 on the grounds of the historic Ysleta Mission. Vendors with traditional craftsmanship of handmade art related to Mexican, Native American, or Spanish Colonial are invited to participate. Contemporary art must be related to the Southwest Region.
Please click here to download application or call (915) 859-9848 for additional information.