The Arizona Republic
Street artists get creative for Chalk It Up! Prescott
Do you miss the days you drew chalk creations outside? Wax nostalgic no more, as about 5,000 people descend on Prescott this weekend for a two-day festival celebrating the colorful artwork.
Organizers plan to give away 1,300 boxes of free chalk to those who want to loose their
Imagine thousands of people of all ages sitting on the ground together and creating colorful works of chalk art alongside professional street painters.
That’s what will happen during the ninth annual Chalk It Up! Prescott event this weekend.
Meredith Brown, lead organizer of the festival, said there will be hundreds of 2-by-2-foot and 4by-6-foot spaces marked off where visitors can create their chalk art.
People may bring their own chalk or use the free provided supplies, Brown said.
“We expect about 5,000 to attend, and anticipate handing out over 1,300 boxes of free chalk to anyone who wants to create an art piece during the two-day festival,” she said.
“We do provide chalk tiles for those who may not be able to get down on the ground, so individuals of all ages and abilities are welcome at this event.”
Two featured artists and 11 guest artists will create beautiful works of art during the event.
“Each of them will receive a larger chalk space to fill with their talent and creative ideas,” Brown said.
While kids and adults are busy drawing, they can enjoy being entertained by musicians and dancers.
“This is absolutely an all-ages event. It’s fantastic for families, and participants of all ages can win ‘On the Spot’ artist awards for their work,” she said.
Brown, who also is the development assistant for the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Foundation, said the organization hosts the popular festival every year, with the proceeds helping fund the community’s mentalhealth priorities.