Chalk the Block returns for 2022

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(ABC 6 News) – If you’re looking for an excuse to spend some time outside, Chalk the Block is also an excuse to get creative.

With a few years of social distancing under our belts, this year’s theme is about reconnections. Creating a way for you to reconnect with your neighbors, family, and friends.

“I always think it’s important that people feel connected to where they live,” said Rene Halasy, the executive director of the Rochester Neighborhood Resource Center. “Especially with COVID time, we feel kind of isolated. So this is just an opportunity where you don’t have to be in a giant crowd, but you can still feel like you’re a part of something bigger.”

While the festival is about art, there is also a bit of friendly competition involved.

Four grants are being awarded to help local artists create sidewalk chalk murals. Supplies will be given and artists will have an assigned sidewalk area to draw on. If you’re not one of those four grant artists, that doesn’t mean you can’t get involved.

“You can still contribute in some way to the event. Maybe get some free chalk, give it to your neighbor, or give it to your grandkids. Just really encourage people to get involved.”

About 1,700 bags of free chalk will be given out this week. You can pick them up at the following locations:

  • The Development Services & Infrastructure Center (DSIC)
    • 4001 West River Pkwy NW, Rochester, MN 55901
  • City Hall Rotunda (entrance – Door D)
    • 201 4th Street SE, Rochester, MN 55904

You can also request chalk through email.

The festival is Saturday, July 23. There is a rain date set for Sunday, July 24.