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.

2021 Chalk Festival

September 11–12, 2021

12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Rain or shine

Chalk Your Own Pictures:

  • Large square and 24-color box of chalk, $20 each
  • Small square and 12-color box of chalk, $10 each

Drop-in registration. Groups larger than 6 squares are requested to preregister by emailing commartsinfo [at] clevelandart.org.

For more information, call 216-707-2483 or email commartsinfo [at] clevelandart.org.

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