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Chalk The Block 2017 Guide

Chalk The Block (CTB) (Photo Credit: Facebook)

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

The event kicks off Friday and ends Sunday.

Chalk art, installations as well as activities at the Museums of Art and History will be featured. The event draws in about 40,000 people each year and brings in about $1 million to the local economy.

Artists who are displaying their work this year say it's an exciting environment.

"It's the first time that I've been in El Paso and I am so incredibly impressed by the people and the art and the culture and the community. It's just been fantastic," said New York-based artist Scott Cohen.

Attendees will be able to engage 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

In addition to the featured artists, El Conjunto Nueva Ola is making its El Paso debut at 8 p.m. Saturday. ECNO is a combination of classic new wave, rock and disco with Latin cumbia rhythms.

Other performers will take the stage Saturday:

Brandon Bailey Johnson

10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Gila Monster

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sonido Cachimbo

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Sha'Vonne

2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Fixed Idea

4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Frontera Bugalu

6 to 7:30 p.m.

ECNO

8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Visitors can sample food from the area’s best food trucks and check out handmade arts and crafts from local artisans.

For more information, call 915-212-0110 or visit chalktheblock.com.

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