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Story in Many Pics: Chalk The Block Transforms Downtown El Paso

For the 10th year in a row, residents, artists, musicians and many more headed downtown to enjoy Chalk the Block.

Chalk the Block offers visitors a chance to see sidewalk chalk art competition, temporary art installations, street performances, live music, and local art and food vendors, plus participate in free art activities at the El Paso Museums of Art and History.

Chalk the Block is the largest arts festival in the region, drawing more than 40,000 El Pasoans and visitors to downtown each year. Additional information as well as a complete list of activities is posted online or can be found on the Visit El Paso app.

CTB continues Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Kidical Mass with Velopaso, GECU Kids Zone, free yoga workshop, music and art activities.

Note: If you are in one of the pictures, and would like a copy, contact Steven Cottingham at stevencottingham@columnist.com

Art Hits the Streets for Chalk the Block 10

The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD), along with the El Paso Community Foundation, invites the community to attend the 10th annual Chalk the Block (CTB) Public Art Festival.

The festival, presented by Rudolph Dealerships, runs from Friday, October 6, to Sunday, October 8, in Downtown El Paso.

Chalk the Block offers visitors a chance to see sidewalk chalk art competition, temporary art installations, street performances, live music, and local art and food vendors, plus participate in free art activities at the El Paso Museums of Art and History.

Chalk the Block is the largest arts festival in the region, drawing more than 40,000 El Pasoans and visitors to downtown each year. The festival creates a significant economic impact, with a projected $1 million pumped into the local economy over the CTB weekend.

List of events:

  • Friday, October 6, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Showcase Chalk Artists get a head start on their masterpieces and preview of some of the large installations. The Food Truck Garden will be open on Friday night.
  • Saturday, October 7, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., GECU Kids Zone, live music and activities. (The Downtown Art and Farmer’s Market will be closed during Chalk the Block, but residents may visit some of the selected Market Vendors on Franklin and Main)
  • Sunday, October 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Kidical Mass with Velopaso, GECU Kids Zone, free yoga workshop, music and art activities.

Fort Bliss MWR will be providing a free shuttle service for military families on Saturday between Fort Bliss and the festival.

Additional information as well as a complete list of activities is posted online or can be found on the Visit El Paso app.

CTB 10 is sponsored by Rudolph Dealerships, GECU, Providence Children’s Hospital, The Hunt Family Foundation, Chase Bank, El Paso Electric, AARP, Idea Public Schools, Interextreme, the El Paso Community Foundation, City of El Paso Museum and Cultural Affairs Department, National Endowment for the Arts and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Video+Story+Schedule: El Conjunto Nueva Ola to Headline Chalk the Block Saturday

Chalk the Block welcomes El Conjunto Nueva Ola (ECNO) to the Chase stage on Saturday, October 7, at 8 p.m. when they make their El Paso debut.

Running all weekend in Downtown El Paso, Chalk the Block is a collaborative event programmed by the City of El Paso Museums & Cultural Affairs Department and the El Paso Community Foundation and sponsored by the Rudolph family of dealerships.

Combining classic new wave, rock and disco with Latin cumbia rhythms, ECNO will take El Paso by storm with their hilarious, irreverent and highly entertaining on stage antics and energetic performances.  The band has performed throughout the US and Mexico and has graced the stages of top Hispanic television networks, including Telemundo, Telefutura and Univision.

This year’s festival is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. This year, Chalk the Block is celebrating its 10th anniversary.  

The Chase stage will host live performances throughout the day on Saturday.

Saturday Performers are:

10 a.m. – 11 p.m. – Brandon Bailey Johnson

11 -1 p.m. – Gila Monster

1 – 2 p.m. – Sonido Cachimbo

2 – 4 p.m. – Sha’Vonne

4 – 6 p.m. – Fixed Idea

6 – 7:30 p.m. – Frontera Bugalu

8 – 10 p.m. – ECNO

In addition to performers, CTB will also engage attendees with installations created by artists from around the nation.

  • Wish Tree: Yoko Ono – New York based Tokyo artist
  • Spheres of Influence: Curime Batliner and Jake Newsum – Los Angeles
  • Life Cube: Scott Cohen – New York
  • Cycle Sonic: Squonk Opera – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Sun Metro Bus Art On the Go: Curated by Kalavera Culture Shop, El Paso

 

For more information visit Chalk the Block online or call 915-212-0110. You can also access a complete event guide on the Visit El Paso app. (Download the app HERE)

Chalk the Block Announces Line Up and Artists

The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) has revealed the line-up for this year’s Chalk the Block Festival.

“Ten years ago, we started with 12 artists and 5,000 people attending. We have steadily grown to include more than 200 artists, vendors and musicians and installations from around the world,” said Assistant Director of Museums Cultural Affairs Department Ben Fyffe. “This year’s festival will bring new and exciting guest artists and continue the high quality entertainment we have come to expect from Chalk the Block.”

Every October, the streets of Downtown El Paso become canvasses for artists to display their chalk masterpieces at Chalk the Block. This year the festival will be held during the weekend of October 6 through October 8 in the heart of the Downtown Arts District.

This year, CTB will engage attendees with installations created by artists from around the nation.

⦁ Wish Tree: Yoko Ono – New York based Tokyo artist ⦁ Wish Tree is an ongoing interactive art project where visitors are invited to tie wishes on trees. After the festival, all the wishes that were collected will be sent to the Imagine Peace Tower on Viðey Island in Reykjavík, Iceland. Imagine Peace Tower is composed of a tall shimmering tower of light that appears every year and is visible from October 9th (John’s birthday) until December 8th (the anniversary of his death).

⦁ Spheres of Influence: Curime Batliner and Jake Newsum – Los Angeles ⦁ Created by Curime Batliner and Jake Newsum for the for the Mextropoli Festival in Mexico City, Spheres of Influence is part installation and part live performance that uses a robotic system from Staubli to paint layers of graphics (abstracted from the city) onto a series of human-scale spheres. The spheres are painted throughout the festival demonstrating how technology can transform a public space.

⦁ Life Cube: Scott Cohen – New York ⦁ The Life Cube Project creates large-scale, engaging, interactive and ephemeral installations connecting art and community, and inspiring the expression of goals, dreams, wishes and aspirations. The project encourages participants to look at their past, engage in the present and set goals for the future.  Over the past five years in multiple venues, the Life Cube has inspired over a hundred thousand people through aesthetic, interactive cultural installations based on the artist’s belief that “if you write down what you want to accomplish in life, the chances of attaining it are much, much higher.”

⦁ Cycle Sonic: Squonk Opera – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ⦁ Composer Jackie Dempsey and artist Steve O’Hearn work with an ensemble of 10-20 artists to create post-industrial performances with original music, design, and staging, outside the rules of mass culture, fashion or academia. Giant, animated bikers circle the audience, with backdrops of undulating flags and 20-foot legs pumping with the rhythm of sustainable power. With no carbon footprint, Cycle Sonic combines the thrill of a live concert with the world of everyday transit.

⦁ Sun Metro Bus – Art on the Move: Curated by Kalavera Culture Shop ⦁ For the festival’s 10th anniversary, Chalk the Block and Sun Metro are joining forces to create a piece of movable art. During the festival, local street artists will paint one of Sun Metro’s 35-foot busses. After the festival, the bus will be added to one of Sun Metro’s existing routes for a period. Art on the Move was a featured installation at Chalk the Block 5, and it is returning for the festival’s 10th anniversary.

Festival visitors will also be able to enjoy live music throughout the day on Saturday from some of the area’s best local musicians. DJs will also be spinning throughout the weekend.

  • Brandon Bailey Johnson
  • Gila Monster
  • Sonido Cachimbo
  • Sha’Vonne
  • Fixed Idea
  • Frontera Bugalu

Chalk the Block is a collaborative event organized by the City of El Paso Museums & Cultural Affairs Department and the El Paso Community Foundation and sponsored by the Rudolph family of dealerships.

This year’s festival is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The festival will be open Friday, October 6, from 6 – 10 p.m.; Saturday, October 7, 10 a.m. -10 p.m.; and Sunday, October 8, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Visitors to the festival will be able to access a complete event guide on the Visit El Paso app. The app can be downloaded at www.visitelpaso.com. For more information, click Chalk the Block or call 212-0110.

Chalk the Block Artist, Vendor Applications Now Available

The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) has opened the application period for artists and vendors to participate in the 2017 Chalk the Block event (CTB10).

“Chalk the Block is an opportunity for artists to have their work seen by thousands of people, alongside internationally known featured installation and performing artists, throughout the festival weekend,” said Assistant Director of the Museum and Cultural Affairs Department Ben Fyffe.

Chalk artists and vendors interested in participating in this year’s festival must submit an online application by 6 p.m. August 29.

The streets of Downtown El Paso become canvasses for artists to display their chalk masterpieces at Chalk the Block every October.

Chalk artists can apply in one of three categories – Showcase, Emerging, or Student. Showcase and Emerging Artist categories are for individuals ages 18 or older.

Artists applying in the student category must be high school age.

The selection process is highly competitive and space is limited for chalk artists and vendors. Artist guidelines, online applications and vending requirements for arts and crafts and food vendors are available online.

All applications must be submitted online; no paper applications will be accepted.

This year, the MCAD is celebrating the 10th annual anniversary of the largest public arts festival in the region during the weekend of October 6 through 8.

For more information about Chalk the Block, call (915) 212-0110, or visit the website.

MCAD: Chalk the Block 2016 Festival ‘Huge Success’

The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) reports that this year’s Chalk the Block festival turned out to be a huge success with an estimated 36,000 people attending the event.

During the festival, the El Paso Museum of Art hosted 2,091 visitors, a 271% increase from the 564 visitors the previous weekend. On Saturday, 231 people worked on the mural in the C2 Gallery.

The El Paso Museum of History hosted 531 visitors, a 254% increase from the 150 visitors the previous weekend. Numerous visitors to CTB took the opportunity to explore the Digital Wall outside the Museum of History as well.

The wall had 171,490 individual touches during the CTB weekend compared to 47,359 the weekend before.

“Since this festival started nine years ago, it has been a way to consistently draw people to downtown El Paso,” said Assistant Director of Museums and Cultural Affairs Ben Fyffe. “The community and the region have embraced this festival and take advantage of every aspect of it from the chalk art to activities at the Museums of Art and History.”

Every October, thousands of people from El Paso and the surrounding region converge on Downtown El Paso to enjoy three days of art, music and entertainment at the Chalk the Block public art festival (CTB).

The festival creates a significant economic impact, with a projected $1 million pumped into the local economy during the CTB weekend.

Chalk the Block set for Downtown this Weekend

The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD), along with the El Paso Community Foundation, invites everyone to attend the ninth annual Chalk the Block (CTB) Public Art Festival presented by Rudolph Dealerships from Friday, October 14 to Sunday, October 16 in Downtown El Paso.

Chalk the Block is the largest arts festival in the region, drawing more than 40,000 El Pasoans and visitors to downtown each year.

The festival offers visitors a chance to see sidewalk chalk art competition, temporary art installations, street performances, hear live music, visit local art and food vendors, and participate in free art activities at the El Paso Museums of Art and History.

List of events for Chalk the Block:

  • Friday, October 14, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Showcase Chalk Artists get a head start on their masterpieces and preview of some of the large installations.
  • Saturday, October 15, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., GECU Kids Zone, Lego Brick Build-a-thon, live music and activities.
  • Sunday, October 16, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Kidical Mass with Velopaso, GECU Kids Zone, free yoga workshop, music and art activities.

Uber will have a drop off and pick up location at Chalk the Block. First time Uber users can sign up and use the codeCTB2016 for special pricing on rides.

Sun Metro will be detouring routes that normally go through the festival area; more information is available at www.sunmetro.net.

Additional information as well as a complete list of activities is posted online at www.chalktheblock.com

MCAD puts out Call for Chalk the Block Artists and Vendors

The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department has opened the application period for chalk artists and vendors to participate in the 2016 Chalk the Block event.

Chalk artists and vendors interested in participating in this year’s festival must submit an application by September 1. Every October, the streets of Downtown El Paso become canvasses for artists to display their chalk masterpieces at Chalk the Block.

“Chalk the Block is an opportunity for artists to have their work seen by thousands of people throughout the festival weekend, and they will be shown alongside internationally known featured artists,” said Assistant Director of the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department Ben Fyffe.

Chalk Artists can apply in one of three categories – Showcase, Emerging, or Student. Showcase and Emerging Artist categories are for individuals ages 18 or older. Artists applying in the student category must be high school age.

Applications for vendors, including artists, artisans, crafts, and mobile food vendors, are also open at this time. This year the vendor opportunities have expanded to include Food Cottage Industries in addition to handcrafted art sales.

All applications and requirements are available at www.chalktheblock.com. Chalk artists and vendors who are interested in participating in Chalk the Block should submit their applications as soon as possible as the spaces are limited, and it is a highly competitive process.

The festival, which will take place October 14 through 16, is now the largest arts festival in the region, drawing more than 40,000 El Pasoans and visitors to the Downtown Arts District each year.

For more information call 212-0110.

Chalk the Block draws tens of thousands to Downtown El Paso

Tens of thousands of people flooded Downtown El Paso for food, fun, free art, and more, during the three days of Chalk the Block 8.

This year’s festival brought in record attendance with an estimated 41,000 people attending the event.  This festival creates a significant economic impact, with a projected $1 million pumped into the local economy over the CTB weekend.

“Since this festival started eight years ago, it has been a way to consistently draw people to downtown El Paso,” said Ben Fyffe, assistant director of the city’s Museums and Cultural Affairs Department. “The community and the region have embraced this festival and take advantage of every aspect of it from the chalk art to activities at the Museums of Art and History.”

MCAD officials also credit the festival for boosting the attendance at other cultural amenities in Downtown.

During the festival weekend, the El Paso Museum of Art saw a 397% increase in visitors over the previous weekend, jumping from 603 to 2,890 visitors. The El Paso Museum of History hosted 3,139 visitors, a 590% increase over the 455 visitors the previous weekend. Numerous visitors to CTB took the opportunity to explore the Digital Wall outside the Museum of History as well.

The wall had 453,533 individual touches during the CTB weekend compared to 96,736 the weekend before.

As part of the festival, the downtown museums offered special activities as part of the festival, and visitors were also able to see new exhibits at both locations – Marc Chagall’s The Green Violinist at the El Paso Museum of Art and Made in El Paso: The Influence and Legacy of El Paso’s Cowboy Boots.

Author: City of El Paso

Chalk the Block returns to Downtown El Paso this weekend

Since its inception, Chalk the Block (CTB) has quickly became one of El Paso’s premiere events and the largest FREE three-day public arts festival in the Southwest region drawing over 32,000 people annually.

Photo: CTB
Photo: CTB

In 2015, CTB is celebrating 8 years of re-imagining downtown El Paso through the power of art, while providing an “out of this world” experience for its attendees. But CTB was not always the big monster that it is now.

In 2008 it started as a one-day sidewalk chalk art competition with about twelve artists that took place at Arts Festival Plaza next to the El Paso Museum of Art. Organizers from the City of El Paso- Museums & Cultural Affairs Department and the El Paso Community Foundation quickly realized after the overwhelming support that the event needed to expand and enhance the experience.

Each year, about 200 local, national and international artists from all disciplines participate at CTB creating a fun, quirky and diverse environment for people of all ages to enjoy.

The event features: Temporary interactive art installations, live dance and theatrical performances, a sidewalk chalk art competition, live bands, art and food vendors, access to various activities and exhibits at both the El Paso Museum of Art and Museum of History and more.

To view more info on CTB visit their Facebook or Webpage

Author: Chalk the Block

Photo: CTB
Photo: CTB
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