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 Nan Eisenberg at 216-707-2483 or e-mail commartsinfo [at] clevelandart [dot] org.
2013 Chalk Festival
Saturday, September 21, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 22, noon–5:00 p.m.
Rain or shine
Preparatory Workshops on Chalk Making and Street Painting
Sunday, September 15, 2:00–4:30 p.m.
Repeated Wednesday, September 18, 6:00–8:30 p.m.
Featured Chalk Artists
Story Rhinehart Cadiz
Entertainment on the Terrace
Saturday, September 21
Blues DeVille Band
Sunday, September 22
Chalk Your Own Pictures
Large square (approx. 3 x 4 ft.) and 24-color box of chalk: $16
Small square (approx. 2 x 3 ft.) and 12-color box of chalk: $8
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). Sign up when you arrive at the registration tent located on the lawn between East Boulevard and the bottom of the museum's south stairs. We accept cash and checks payable to the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA); no credit cards.
Groups please pre-register by Wednesday, September 18; call Nan Eisenberg at 216-707-2483 or e-mail commartsinfo [at] clevelandart [dot] org. Non-paid advance registrations will be held until 1:00 Sunday.