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Rubin Museum to Shut Down 17th Street Sunday for Annual Block Party

 Mandala-making, dancing and yoga are geared to a family crowd.
The Rubin Museum's Annual Block Party
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CHELSEA — The Rubin Museum of Art will host a free block party complete with art-making, yoga and outdoor performances outside its Chelsea home on Sunday.

The festival — which will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. — will close off West 17th Street to car traffic between Sixth and Seventh avenues to make room for all the festivities, organizers said.

This year's party features mask-making in honor of “Becoming Another: The Power of Masks,” the museum's current exhibit, along with performances from local companies Ajna Dance, Brooklyn Raga Massive and the Tibetan Language School of the Tibetan Community of NY & NJ.

Arts and crafts activities includes making prayer beads, bird rattles, and origami. There will also be a costume contest, photo booth and family yoga instruction.

The event — as well as museum admission during the block party on Sunday — are free. Food from the museum's Café Serai and Van Leeuwen ice cream will be for sale.

The Rubin Museum celebrates the arts and ideas of the Himalayas and surrounding regions.