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 Community Arts at 216-707-2483 or e-mail commartsinfo [at] clevelandart.org.

2017 Chalk Festival

Saturday, September 16, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. 
Sunday, September 17, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. 

Rain or shine

Preparatory Workshops on Chalk Making and Street Painting 

Learn to make chalk using an old world recipe with new world materials and learn professional techniques for masking, stenciling, shading, and enlarging a picture (fee). Fee includes materials and reserves chalk and a square for the festival. 

  • Family Chalk workshop (all ages): Sunday, September 10, 2:00–4:30 p.m.
  • Advanced Chalk workshop series (teens/adults): Wednesday, September 6 and 13, 6:30–8:30  p.m.

Chalk Your Own Pictures
Large square (approx. 3 x 4 ft.) and 24-color box of chalk: $20. 
Small square (approx. 2 x 3 ft.) and 12-color box of chalk: $10.

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 13; call Community Arts at 216-707-2483 or e-mail commartsinfo [at] clevelandart.org.

Funded in part by a gift from the Womens Council Annual Fund