I designed this poster for the annual Chalk the Block event which took place October 12–14, 2018 in downtown El Paso. For the art vendors component of the event, I organized a group of 10 students from my Graphic Design 4: Typography class at The University of Texas at El Paso. Their posters were judged and selected to be on sale in a downtown outdoor booth for the weekend event. All proceeds from the sale of the posters went directly to the students.
My poster focuses on the Kern Place neighborhood of El Paso, Texas. I have lived in Kern since 2009 and experience it often through the lens of being a parent. The sites I feature on my poster are places my husband and two children frequent often and hold dear. Mesita Elementary offers an amazing dual-language program. The Billy Rogers Arroyo provides weekend hiking or biking adventures. The restaurants and farmer’s market on Cincinnati Street are for special dinners or Sunday morning browsing. Every El Pasoan knows there is no better place to be at Halloween than here, where the sidewalks spill over with eager Trick or Treaters. Finally, the best babysitter and place to meet up with neighbors is the jewel in the center of it all—Madeline Park, named after founder Peter Kern’s daughter. All of this, not to mention its unique, predominantly Arts & Crafts style architecture is what makes Kern Place a very special place that we are lucky to call home.