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STATE OF THE ARTS: Chalk the Block

It’s almost time for Chalk the Block , the largest public arts festival in the southwest. The event is free and will feature over 200 artists. This year, special installations include Impulse, a publicly activated light and sound experience; Intrude, a large installation of blow up animals; Paradox Pyramid, an interactive abstract pyramid installation and much more.

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