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Chalk Festival

Fine Arts Garden

Children and adults enjoy this annual event where community members join professional artists in using the walkways around the Fine Arts Garden as a colorful canvas. Begun in 1990, our festival is a modern expression of a Renaissance tradition from 16th-century Italy, in which beggars copied paintings of the Madonna by Raphael and his contemporaries, using chalk on the plazas outside cathedrals. Watching the chalk artists and enjoying the entertainment is free.  

For questions contact Nan Eisenberg at 216-707-2483 or e-mail commartsinfo [at] clevelandart [dot] org.

2014 Chalk Festival
Celebrating 25 Years

Please note that Chalk Festival dates have moved to a week earlier than previously announced.
Saturday, September 13, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. 
Sunday, September 14, noon–5:00 p.m.
Rain or shine

Preparatory Workshops on Chalk Making and Street Painting 
Sunday, September 7, 2:00–4:30 p.m.
Repeated Wednesday, September 10, 6:00–8:30 p.m.

Chalk Your Own Pictures
Large square (approx. 3 x 4 ft.) and 24-color box of chalk: $16 
Small square (approx. 2 x 3 ft.) and 12-color box of chalk: $8

Individuals, families, schools, and neighborhood groups are all invited to participate. Children under 15 must be accompanied by supervising adults. There is no need to pre-register (except groups).

Groups please pre-register by Wednesday, September 10; call Nan Eisenberg at 216-707-2483 or e-mail commartsinfo [at] clevelandart [dot] org.