Sidewalk art, interactive art installations, live dance and theater performances, live bands, food vendors and movies rounded off the 12th Annual Chalk the Block.

The public art extravaganza drew thousands to the Arts Festival Plaza and surrounding areas in Downtown Oct. 11-13.

This year, 52 artists participated in three categories: Student, Emerging and Showcase.

The event included two large interactive art installations – Los Trompos and Red, White, Blue-Green by outside artists – as well as a mural walk and a series of painted pianos by various El Paso artists.

Latin Grammy Award winner Diamante Eléctrico – a rock power-trio from Colombia comprising Juan Galeano, Daniel Alvarez and Andee Zeta –  headlined the festival’s music series.

The largest public arts festival in the region, Chalk the Block attracts more than 40,000 people annually. 

The festival is presented by the city’s Museums and Cultural Affairs Department.


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