Chalk Walk







Deadline to apply: April 14, 2019

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The Hot Springs Cultural Alliance will hold the third annual sidewalk chalk event on Saturday, April 27, from 8 AM – 12 PM, during Arts & The Park – Art Springs. Chalk Walk is sponsored by Walmart and the theme for this year is “The Art of Literacy.”

2019 offers 2 divisions: Student division and Adult division. Both divisions are free to enter but all entrants must pre-register to ensure space and materials. The Student division is a judged event and is for grades kindergarten through twelfth grades. The adult division is un-judged, an exhibition only this year.

Adult Division will take place on Spring Street between Central Avenue and Broadways Street. The street will be closed both Saturday and Sunday for the event. 

The Student Division will take place on the Reserve and Spring Street sidewalks adjacent to Hill Wheatley Plaza in Hot Springs, AR. Student Division Judging will take place between 12 – 1:30 PM, with winners announced at the Art Springs stage @ 1:45 PM. 

Adult Division:  individual artists and teams of up to 3 artists may register.
Student teams are registered by grade levels: K-3, 4-6, 7-8, 9-12.

Student Division: Prizes will be given to the winners selected from each division, along with one prize for the overall People’s Choice Award. 1st Place $100; 2nd Place $50; 3rd place $25. One Peoples Choice Award of $50 will be given. Additional prizes and/or recognition will be at the descretion of the judges: guest artist Craig R Thomas, Cape Girardeau, MO, Pepe Gaka, Italy, and Longhua Xu, Hot Springs.

There will be no parking at Hill Wheatley Plaza. School buses will need to park near the convention center, Bank OZK Arena. There will be a free, creative expression area for children Pre-K and under with adult supervision on the Art Springs event grounds.

Adult Division/Exhibition:
  1. Artists may register for an individual space or as a group, up to 3 artists/space.
  2. Artists/Teams will check in at the registration table between 8:30 and 9 am.
  3. Each entered Adult Artist/team will receive one prepared 4’x5′ canvas.
  4. Artist/teams will provide their own chalk and soft pastels. No oil based media permitted.
  5. Designs must be “family friendly.” No nudity or sexually suggestive art.  No gang-related art.  No art depicting violence, racism, or other characterization deemed inappropriate.
  6. The hours of creation are 9 am – 4 pm.
Student Division:
  1. Teams should consist of 2-5 students.
  2. Team sponsors must obtain parental permission for each student and show permissions on day of event.
  3. Artist teams may use a drawing or photo from which to base their art. The theme is “The Art of Literacy” so all entries must be related to literature.
  4. Designs must fit within the 4’x4’ designated sidewalk square provided.
  5. Chalk will be provided by the organizers, however students may bring additional chalk. NOTE bring charcoal for additional black.
  6. Only non-oil based washable chalk may be used in your design.  No acrylic paints, liquid pastels, oil-based pastels, etc. will be allowed.
  7. Designs must be “family friendly.” No nudity or sexually suggestive art.  No gang-related art.  No art depicting violence, racism, or other characterization deemed inappropriate.
  8. All materials brought by the artist teams shall be removed from the event premises at the end of art making.
Day of the Event
  1. The Sponsors of each pre-registered School Division team must sign in at the Registration Table in Hill Wheatley Plaza, 8 AM – 8:45 AM. Sponsors must show signed permission slips.
  2. Sponsors will receive team numbers, student ID tags, chalk, sidewalk square assignment and a People’s Choice Award bucket. Each participating student shall wear ID on his or her back.
  3. Artists may begin drawing at 9 am.
  4. Drawings must be finished at 12 PM. If not finished, all drawing activity must end and the art will be judged as is.
  5. Lunch is “on your own”. There will be food trucks at Art Springs. There is limited seating but there are grassy areas around the festival grounds.
  6. Judging will occur between 12-1:30 PM.
  7. Awards will be announced @ 1:45 PM on the Art Springs stage. Teams are encouraged to be present for the award announcements.
Additional things to consider bringing:

Additional chalk, charcoal, Sunscreen, Design, Grid/Pattern, Trash bag for waste, Kneepads, Cameras, Drinking water for team members, Canopy in case of rain, Lunches


Chalk Walk Entry Form

Deadline to enter: April 7, 2019

Chalk Walk Entry Form
Division *
Adult Division
Address: Adult Artist, Organization or School