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If you’re an enthusiast of western lifestyle, Tex-Mex cuisine, or just looking for a city that is as rich in culture as it is exciting in events, then the city of El Paso says, “Welcome”, (or, just as likely, “Bienvenido”). Located in the Chihuahuan Desert in western Texas, El Paso sits at the southern tip of the Rocky Mountains and shares an international border with its sister city, Juarez, Mexico. Its geography not only makes for very warm temperatures, but also a wonderful amalgam of Tejano and southwestern traditions mixed with all the amenities of a thriving metropolis. Among its many aesthetic attractions, the city’s Mexican influenced architecture along with its three Spanish colonial missions (Yselta, Socorro, and San Elizario) provide a feast for the eye almost as appetizing as the weekly fiestas and bazaars that seem to take over the city with the onset of summer. Additionally, El Paso boasts 18 museums with the El Paso Museum of Art serving as its most prestigious. Famous for its internationally renowned Kress Collection, its exhibition of works on paper, and its Tom Lea Gallery, the Museum is both a haven for art aficionados and visitors looking to take advantage of the museum’s myriad educational programs. Moreover, this museum is part of the triumvirate of museums that make up downtown’s “Museum Row”, along with the El Paso Museum of History and Insights Science Museum. Other popular museums include UTEP’s Centennial Museum and the Natural History Museum of El Paso, as well as innumerable galleries such as Adair Margo Gallery, People’s Gallery at City Hall, and Studio W. Among the many festivities in addition to the ubiquitous cultural bazaars, the city hosts such events as Art in the Park each Memorial Day Weekend, as well as the Downtown Street Festival, the Ruisidoso Arts Festival, and the Chamizal Festival. El Paso is a city of flavors that has as much to do with its delicious cuisine, as it does its feasts for the eyes and ears. The consumption of which will certainly enhance the experience of any art student choosing to pursue his or her studies in Texas’ Sun City.