Our Story

Our Story

Our Mission
To spark imagination and nurture inspiration
Our Vision

We envision a world where every child wakes up every day feeling safe and loved, spends the day curious and creative, and grows up with critical thinking skills to solve the problems that face us all.

Our Values
Include Everyone.

Our commitment to inclusive practice and meaningful and consistent access and accessibility are critical to our mission. We seek new ways of partnering, developing, and welcoming more inclusive language, dismantling inequities, and building a bigger table where there is no room for exclusion.

Make a difference.

We commit to making a positive impact on people’s lives. Our pursuit is progress, not perfection.

Value relationships.

We work every day to earn and sustain the trust of the people who choose to work and volunteer within our organization.

Lift each other up.

We seek to help others succeed based on their terms and we hold ourselves accountable for the impact of our work with others.

Our Story

With the passage of the City of El Paso’s quality of life bond in 2012, which included funding for a children’s museum, the idea for La Nube began to form. The El Paso Community Foundation stepped up to help lead the project and secure additional funding to ensure the resulting center was both a world-class destination and accessible to all El Pasoans. Through community involvement and investment, the vision for the project evolved into a bilingual, immersive, and interactive learning center for families and people of all ages.

The development of La Nube’s name, architecture, and learning zones was directly influenced by input and experiences from our community. During the master planning process, a recurring theme was Blue Sky Thinking. The sky is limitless, undefined by borders; and the clouds can take any shape, with infinite possibilities. The sky connects us all, regardless of culture, language, age, or ability.

La Nube — Spanish for ‘the cloud’ — is the shape of imagination. The international architecture firm Snøhetta unveiled a four-story, rippling, cloud-like design to stand out in the Downtown El Paso skyline and spark curiosity about the possibilities within.

During the planning process parents, educators, therapists, and other members of the community shared their valuable experiences and expertise on the culture and values of El Paso and critical components of child development. Exhibit design firm Gyroscope translated their input into innovative and engaging learning experiences that allow guests of all ages and abilities to explore and learn through imagination and experimentation.

At La Nube, we believe curiosity and wonder should be fostered throughout life. Therefore, there are no instructions and no wrong way to interact with the installations and learning zones. Mistakes and failure are an essential part of discovery and learning. We invite you to join our mission and support the development and long-term vision of La Nube through a donation to our Reach for the Clouds Campaign.