Chalk The Walk
Kent’s annual Art in the Park festival is coming up over the long labor day weekend. It’s a definite “don’t miss” event. It’s got great art, in a great location (Fred Fuller Park) with great food and entertainment. You can’t beat it so be sure to join it. In talking about this event with the Kent State University Art Gallery Director (yes, Kent State has a great gallery on campus – Kent best kept secret #16 ) the Director, being the artist that he is, was hit with an inspiration. He said why stop with Art in the Park, why not do Art in the Street, Art on the Sidewalk, Art in the Trees, etc., etc. as far as your imagination will take you. I think he’s on to something and doing my homework as always I was amazed by how many cities are already doing art in the streets and sidewalks.
For your reading pleasure I’ve taken excerpts describing the chalk art festivals around the US. and better yet I’ve inserted shots of the artwork. Cities big and small are making Chalk the Walk a part of their downtown revivals — we’ve got to get in the act.
Chalk Walk is an exciting event designed to celebrate the creativity of artists and promote the importance of public art. The sidewalks of downtown York become an artist’s canvas and a place for audiences to watch works of art created before their eyes. Money raised from the event will be used to benefit youth art programs.
Join us on Saturday, August 26, 2006, from 10 am to 5 pm in historic downtown York for the 2006 Chalk Walk Festival. Artists and teams from local schools will be using chalk to create beautiful works of art on the pavement squares of downtown York as a part of Yorkfest, York’s premier fine arts and music festival. Prizes will be awarded, and the public can even vote for their favorite chalk art in our “Peoples Choice” category.
The festival features over 200 sidewalk paintings created at the festival by local artists who donate their time, energy, and talent. These concrete masterpieces are left on the sidewalk for the public to enjoy throughout the month of September. The pieces are done with soft chalk pastel mixed with water. The squares are divided into five categories:
The numbered squares on the perimeter of the park are sponsored by local business and organizations. Artists volunteer to create chalk drawings for their sponsors. The bsic sponsorship fee is $100 for a 5’x5′ square, but higher levels of sponsorship are available: Major Sponsors ($300 and above), Signature Sponsors ($500 and above), Platinum Sponsors ($1000 and above), and Diamond Sponsors ($10,000 and up)!
A personal square is available for those who are interested in creating their own masterpiece. The squares can be purchased for $10.00 and the price includes a box of artist’s chalk (12). Squares can be purchased at the Chalk Booth during the festival.
The community square area is free and open for the public to create their own sidewalk artwork. Chalk is supplied by the festival. Artists must keep the community chalk as well as their artwork within the confines of the community squares. We request that children be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Born in Sacramento
The Born in Sacramento area is reserved especially for native Sacramentans of all ages to make their marks. Officer Henry Luckie sponsors this area.
During the festival local bands, musicians, and other performers entertain the artists and the public. These performers donate their time for this festival. A list of performance times is posted near both of the stage areas.
Since the aim of Chalk-It-Up! is to encourage children’s art programs, all children’s activities at the festival are free. These include chalk drawing and a variety of other sart activities.
Chalk-It-Up! to Sacramento is a nonprofit organization created to benefit children’s arts education and art activities. Funds are raised through an annual chalk art festival held each Labor Day Weekend since 1991.
For the third year, the Jasper Community Arts Commission’s will host its Chalk Walk Arts Festival. This year’s event will be held Saturday, May 6 from 8 am to 4 pm on the square in Downtown Jasper.
Registration information for Chalk Walk 2006 will be available in late March. For information, CLICK HERE to complete our mailing list form. Materials will be sent to interested participants as soon as they become available.
What is Chalk Walk Arts Festival?
This family friendly event–in the tradition of European 16th Century street painting–transforms the dull, grey concrete sidewalks of Jasper’s downtown into colorful, pastel pathways. Kids and parents will join local amateur and practicing artists to create temporary chalk “masterpieces” or maybe just some colorful games of Tic-Tac-Toe!
The Chalk Walk Arts Festival provides a day chocked full of creative activities. You don’t have to be a professional artist or even know much about art. All you need is the desire to have fun and be inspired.
What is Chalk on the Walk?
Chalk on the Walk is the Cambridge version of an Italian Street Painting Festival. The artist is free to create, with chalk pastels (supplied by the Club), their own vision. Paintings are created in full view of the public who are encouraged to “kabitz”. The fact that the paintings disappear at the end of the day makes their beauty even more appealing. Anyone, from young child to senior citizen, can become an artist for the day. You do not need to be a professional. It is held as part of the City’s Annual Harvard Square MayFair that regularly draws 90,000 people. MayFair will be held on Sunday, May 7th this year.
ChalkWalk Description: Throughout the CelebrateErie weekend artists will transform numerous blocks of State Street into a patchwork of colorful murals. Using chalk, in the ancient tradition of street painting, artists will reproduce famous works of art as well as create original works in a visual explosion of color while an estimated 100,000 spectators watch. The tradition of street painting originated in 16th century Italy where Madonnari – Madonna painters – drew their chalk images of the Madonna on the streets, transforming village squares into colorful, temporary art galleries.
“Street Painting is a continuing lesson and labor of love. I love what I do – art in its many forms – and I can share that through street painting. Street painting has a two qualities that make it truly unique. It is ‘performance art’ and it is temporary. Interacting with the audience as you create can be intimidating but also energizing and inspiring. Much insight is gained about people in this special art form – fellow artists and audiences alike. That interaction, the craft and techniques plus the time frame – usually 48 hours – in which this all happens crystallizes into a special experience. For me, that experience spills over into my every day life. I love being energized and inspired, so I look forward to every street painting.”
On a whim, MetroSpokane took a saturday drive up to Hillyard to get a gander at their annual Chalk the Walk. Sure we could’ve done ArtFest again, and contemplated buying that carved driftwood piece for $1,500, but the feisty independent spirit of Hillyard won us over.
The sidewalks of the Hillyard business district welcomed loads of local artists of all ages to take chalk to sidewalk and draw whatever inspired them. The winning artist received $100 cash and their winning entry on next year’s t-shirt. It was a perfect day for exploring the area. Sunny weather, street vendors, live music, artists, and hundreds of visitors navigated and viewed the work throughout the district. We took note of some of the new shops and stores that have opened up since our last visit, overall had a great afternoon, and along the way we snapped some pics. Yeah, it didn’t have the flair or the lineup of music that ArtFest had, but we still enjoyed it. Thanks Hillyard. We’ll see you next year.
Middle Schoolers in the Act
Thompson Middle School sixth and seventh graders this week celebrated reading through art by creating sidewalk chalk pictures on the sidewalks around the school, inspired by the favorite books they’ve read this year. The ultimate goal is to create a student generated summer reading list.
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Chalk Walk 2007
Saturday, July 14 & Sunday, July 15, 2007
Art by the People, Of the People, For the People
In its eighth year, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art will again host hundreds of artists of all ages and all levels of artistic talent during its annual Chalk Walk. Main Street in front of the Museum will come to life with colorful and exciting street art created by artists from all across the country.
The Chalk Walk is based on an Italian tradition of street painting that dates to the 16th century, known as i madonnari (street painters). Using pastels, they may choose to reproduce existing artworks or create their own. Squares around the FWMoA will be assigned on a first come/first serve basis.
The Fort Wayne Museum of Art Chalk Walk will take place 8 am to 6 pm Saturday and 10 am to 5 pm Sunday on Main Street and behind the Museum.
As part of the Three Rivers Festival, Chalk Walk is truly a community event and will draw on the amazing talents of area, regional and national artists. Individuals and families with no training in art are just as welcome.
University of California Riverside
One of the most transient forms of art on campus is the annual competition on the sidewalk of the Commons
It only lasts five days. Just five days before the footprints, and the breeze, and the raindrops, wash away the work of chalk artists who have knelt for hours smudging their colors to create a masterpiece.
“Chalk the Walk” is a UCR tradition, sponsored by Cultural Events and the Associated Students of UCR (ASUCR). For a dozen years, students have signed up to compete for cash prizes for original work, or for a close copy of a classic image. They spread out, hunkering down over large rectangular concrete canvases that fill the sidewalk on the west side of the Commons.
Portraits of Cesar Chavez bump up against Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Imaginary landscapes compete for attention with the enigmatic smile on the Mona Lisa. Cultures collide in a chalky, dusty artists’ playground.
There is a message here about the fleeting nature of art. There is something touching about the fact that it is under your feet, visible on the way to through the commons for a cup of coffee, and completely vulnerable to the elements or to footprints or to bicycle treads.
As UCR grows, the large squares of beautifully colored portraits and imaginary landscapes will disappear even faster. More foot traffic will equal briefer lives for these temporary residents. But don’t worry. There’s always next year.
Look for the colors to bloom again May 7 through 11, but don’t be late. They won’t be there for long.
Chalk the Walk
Chalk the Walk is open to any student organization or residence hall- all you need is creativity. Participants have from 12-4 to decorate their section of the sidewalk in support of the Big Blue. Entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges and cash prizes will be awarded.