The Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) is piloting a sensory-friendly experience of Chalk the Block for the first time this year. The public is invited to reserve a slot during designated sensory-friendly hours, which will take place on Sunday, October 15 from 9 AM to 11 AM before Chalk the Block opens to the general public at 11 AM. Visitors who attend will be able to enjoy crafts at the Downtown Museums as well as the outdoor installations and chalk art competition. The stage and food court will not be open during this time.

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In order to accommodate visitors during this time, we will be offering the following amenities:

  • Supplemental safety information provided to external security officers
  • Quiet spaces are available at the Museum of Art, Museum of History, and Chalk Art Competition and on Sunday, October 15 at Pedestrian Pathway
  • Pre-visit guide with information about what visitors can expect
  • Chalk with holders available upon request
  • Communications boards available at the information tent, El Paso Museum of Art, and El Paso Museum of History
  • Visitor bags with earplugs, fidget spinners, and handwipes
  • Limited attendance*
  • If you are interested in volunteering to assist with this event, please contact Nora Rose at

Attendance is limited as much as possible but it is still an outdoor, free event and MCAD is not able to restrict movement through downtown.


Four sites will be open during this time:

  • Art Installations at San Jacinto
  • Chalk Art Competition Gallery
  • El Paso Museum of Art (sensory-friendly craft)
  • El Paso Museum of History (sensory-friendly craft)

Please note the stage and food truck court will not be open during this time.
Visitors are encouraged to register early as sign-ups will be closed when capacity is reached.

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For more information, please contact Nora Rose at

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