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First Annual Chalk the Block Contest is Sept. 22

Post Date:08/27/2019 9:00 AM
The City of Ames Public Art Commission and Ames Community Arts Council are co-sponsoring the Octagon Art Festival’s first annual Chalk the Sidewalk chalk drawingBlock contest. This chalk drawing contest will take place in the 400 block of Burnett Avenue, just north of Tom Evans Park in Downtown Ames, beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22. Judging will be at 2 p.m.
“Chalk drawing is an inclusive creative outlet, and many communities throughout the country have had chalk drawing contests for several years,” said Sara Sherman, Public Art Commission member. “Holding this contest during the annual Octagon Art Festival, which draws thousands of art lovers to Downtown Ames, provides a great opportunity to get community members involved in creating their own art.”
The contest includes three categories: Youth (ages 12 and younger), Teen (ages 13 to 17), and Adult (ages 18 and older). Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place in each category.
Chalk will be provided to the first 25 people to register; everyone else will need to provide their own chalk. Soft pastels or any non-permanent medium that will wash away with the rain are other options to use. Contestants will have a 4-foot by 4-foot square space in which to create their chalk drawing.
Register for the contest by emailing with the participant’s name, age group, address, phone number, and email address. Space is limited, so register as soon as possible. Same day registration may be possible if space is available.
For more information, please contact Tasheik Kerr, Public Art Commission staff liaison, at or 515.239.5227.
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