Chalk Festival 2013 Branding

Welcome to the Sarasota Chalk Festival!

We are a cultural festival celebrating all forms of street and performance art. Our 2013 theme is ‘Legacy of Valor: honoring veterans, inspiring patriotism, and embracing freedom’. The theme is a tribute to, and celebration of, our freedoms and the people who make them possible.

The festival is set to run for six days from November 13-18th, with the main festivities happening between Nov 15th and 18th. It will feature music, drama and dance, as well as the usual phenomenal art, and is free for all to participate in and attend!

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Welcome to the Sarasota Chalk Festival!

We are a cultural festival celebrating all forms of street and performance art. Our 2013 theme is ‘Legacy of Valor: honoring veterans, inspiring patriotism, and embracing freedom’. The theme is a tribute to, and celebration of, our freedoms and the people who make them possible.

The festival is set to run for six days from November 13-18th, with the main festivities happening between Nov 15th and 18th. It will feature music, drama and dance, as well as the usual phenomenal art, and is free for all to participate in and attend!

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Chalk Festival

Sarasota
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November 13th - 18th
Photo by: LightChamber
Photo by: LightChamber
Photo by: Unknown

Over the years the festival has evolved to encompass much more than just chalk. We have performances spanning a wide range of arts from music and dance, to acrobatics and dare-devil acts. With stage performances both Saturday and Sunday, this year is sure to entertain and enchant even the most discerning audience. View our Events Gallery to see exactly what this year has in store for you!

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We welcome over 500 artists yearly to Sarasota to share their talents with us. From street painters (Madonnari) to choirs, acrobats to aerialists, muralists to musicians, we bring downtown Sarasota alive as the public is invited to watch the creative process unfold right before their eyes. This year we have over 250 2D chalk artists, 50 3D chalk artists, and 200 performers participating in the festival, including a 31’ carving of the Statue of Liberty made specifically for this years event. To find out more about who’s coming, and take a peek at the fantastic work they do, view The Artist Gallery.

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Never been to the festival? Or have been and want to relive the excitement? Visit our Media Gallery and browse through our extensive collection of photographs documenting the festival from it’s very birth. Make sure to visit our video section too and get a real taste of the magic that is the Sarasota Chalk Festival.

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Why stick to the ground when you can go vertical too? Each year we invite some of the world’s best mural artists to Sarasota to brighten up our city walls with their exciting, thought-provoking work. Browse through our vertical events to find out who’s coming this year, and where they’ll be working.

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The Sarasota Chalk Festival is a cultural festival celebrating all forms of street and performance art. Over 500 artists participate creating giant paintings in 2D and 3D using chalk as their medium and the road surface as their canvas. Going Vertical artists turned walls into massive murals. Our performance stages showcased music, drama, dance, magic, acrobatic and aerial performances!

The festival is free for all to participate in and attend, and draws customers to local businesses by refusing to sell space to outside vendors. The organization works to pay for travel expenses, lodging, and supplies for artists who are approved early and uses quality sustainable products so that while our artists may get dirty, everything else is kept clean. The Sarasota Chalk Festival’s success relies on 4 different contributors: dedicated volunteers, generous sponsors, passionate artists, and enthusiastic visitors. The experience is rewarding, so why not consider joining us in spreading art, happiness, and creativity in Sarasota?

The Sarasota Chalk Festival is an outdoor street art festival that is nestled in the Historic Burns Square area of downtown Sarasota, just a few blocks from the waterfont. It is a celebration of the cultural performing arts, and highlights the ephemeral art of street painting where artists use pastel chalk as their medium and the street surface as their canvas to create beautiful masterpieces. Over the course of 2 – 6 days the art comes to life and the public are invited to watch the creative process. Every year, the festival invites local, national and international chalk artists to share their wonderful talent with us, turning our streets into a Museum in Motion!

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Update (11/16/13):
Unfortunately we are experiencing scattered showers today. We have all the artwork protected, the artists will resume as soon as the rain clears.
Until then, please visit 'Re-Imagining Chalk Artists Exhibition' at the Ice House, more information can be found on our events page, HERE
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