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. Additionally, be sure to take part in the festivities during Second Sunday Family Day , being held September 14 at the museum.
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.
2014 Featured Chalk Artists
Debra Sue Solecki
Saturday, September 13
Sunday, September 14
Gato's Gullah Gumbo
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). Sign up when you arrive at the registration tent located on the lawn between East Boulevard and the bottom of the museum's south stairs. We accept cash and checks payable to the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA); no credit cards.
Groups please pre-register by Wednesday, September 10; call Nan Eisenberg at 216-707-2483 or e-mail commartsinfo [at] clevelandart [dot] org.