Chalk the Block (CTB) was not always the big monster that it is now. The event started in 2008 as a one-day sidewalk chalk art competition featuring twelve artists that took place at Arts Festival Plaza. After receiving overwhelming support for the event, organizers from the City of El Paso- Museums & Cultural Affairs Department and the El Paso Community Foundation quickly realized that the event needed to expand to enhance the experience.
Since its inception, CTB has quickly become one of El Paso’s premiere events and the largest FREE three-day public arts festival in the Southwest region drawing over 40, 000 people annually. In 2019, CTB is celebrating 12 years of reimagining downtown El Paso through the power of art while providing an “out of this world” experience for its attendees.
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!
Each year Chalk the Block hosts local, national and international temporary art installations, live chalk artists, dancers, and performers. Art can be perceived as something that is only viewed in a setting where interaction is not necessarily encouraged. At CTB attendees are engaged all the senses are potentially triggered simultaneously. From large to small scale installations, all CTB art experiences are sure to leave a mark.
Sidewalk Chalk Art Competition
CTB’s sidewalk chalk art competition is the reason why we exist. The competition has gone from 12 chalk artists in 2008 to 50+ artists in 2019. The chalk artists will be working on the Pedestrian Pathway between the convention center and the ballpark.