There’s no required theme as long as it’s family-friendly, there are prizes for every age group, and it’s going to happen, rain or shine.
It’s the second annual Chalk-off Festival at Carolina Forest High School, courtesy of the National Honor Society, and everyone’s invited.
If it rains, the artists will be moved to covered walkways where they can just keep on drawing.
Anyone who wants to participate can just show up before 10 a.m. in time to register and get situated on Saturday, May 18.
All they have to bring is enthusiasm and their own sidewalk chalk. Chalk will also be available for sale at the festival.
They also might like to bring a towel to sit on in case the ground gets hot.
“They should get there early and we’ll put them in a spot, and they can draw until 2:30,” says Kristen Dutka, department chair for the visual arts department.
If folks don’t want to draw, and just want to see what the chalk artists are doing, there will be lots of other activities for them to watch or take part in.
There will be booths where marble painting is going on, and other artisans will be painting yarn, water coloring, making bracelets, and there’ll even be a wooden community mural they can contribute to.
The entries in the school’s spring art show will also be on display.
The four chalk art categories will be kindergarten to fifth grade; sixth to eighth grades; ninth through 12th grades, and adult.
About 30-60 chalk artists are expected, and winners will get gift cards to local retail stores.
This event, Dutka says, “allows kids and adults to try something they maybe haven’t done since they were really little.
“They’ll be creating public art everyone can come and see, and public art is important.”
It’s important, she says, because not everyone has access to an art gallery or an art show.
“But, if you happen to walk by and there’s art for you to see, you get to experience what the artist experienced and feel what they felt when they created it.”