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Who We Are

The Tom Lea Institute’s mission is to share the art and literature produced by Tom Lea through education. Connecting the past to the present through our continued commitment to developing new audiences and strengthening existing relationships with art, education, history, and literary communities.

What We Do

The Tom Lea Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the legacy of noted El Paso artist Tom Lea through public programs that encourage the exploration of arts, culture, and regional history. Through the Ambassador program we provide grades K-12 the opportunity to learn about El Paso’s regional history through Tom Lea striving to cultivate a better understanding of what is seen and how art media reflects different cultures and contexts.