Make a Rainbow Connection at Chalk The Block 2021 -

The El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department presents the return of Chalk The Block, in the Downtown Arts District, October 9-10, 2021. About 200 local, national and international artists take part in the event that features temporary interactive art installations, live dance and theatrical performances, a sidewalk chalk art competition, live bands, art and food vendors and access to various activities and exhibits at both the El Paso Museum of Art and the El Paso Museum of History.

What began as a one-day sidewalk chalk art competition between twelve artists, has grown over the last 14 years to become the largest free public art festival in the Southwest, attracting more than 40,000 people annually.

“Chalk the Block has served as an opportunity for local artists to showcase their work as well as bring internationally known installations to the borderland,” Cultural Affairs and Recreation Managing Director Ben Fyffe said. “We are excited to bring live public art back to the community.”

Events kick off on Saturday, October 9, at 10 a.m. with the Chalk Art Competition and Mural Walk on the Pedestrian Pathway. Performing throughout the day will be Odd Lab of Las Cruces, with musical performances at San Jacinto Plaza, by Liz Tina, Amalia, Coco Butter, Kikimora, Stan Z, Villains Kiss, The 1-800 and Lavell Jones. The El Paso Museum of Art hosts a Community Art Wall, open to all ages, while the El Paso Museum of History offers drop-in activities including Lucha Libre paper masks and Iron-on patches.

The fun continues on Sunday, October 10, at 11 a.m. with art on display throughout the Downtown Arts District, more performances by Odd Lab, and musical interludes by Rodriga Rockmore at San Jacinto Plaza. Both museums will provide drop-in activities for all ages. For more information, including a schedule and map, visit the website.

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