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 Community Arts at 216-707-2483 or e-mail commartsinfo [at] clevelandart.org.
2015 Chalk Festival
Saturday, September 19, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 20, noon–5:00 p.m.
Rain or shine
Preparatory Workshops on Chalk Making and Street Painting
Sunday, September 13, 2:00–4:30 p.m.
Repeated Wednesday, September 16, 6:00–8:30 p.m.
Chalk Your Own Pictures
Large square (approx. 3 x 4 ft.) and 24-color box of chalk: In 2014 the fee was $16.
Small square (approx. 2 x 3 ft.) and 12-color box of chalk: In 2014 the fee was $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 16; call Community Arts at 216-707-2483 or e-mail commartsinfo [at] clevelandart.org.