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30th Anniversary of Chalk it Up! Brings Chalk Drawings Around Town

John Nelson

The 30th Annual Chalk It Up Chalk Art & Music Festival comes to life on sidewalks, parking lots and driveways throughout the Greater Sacramento Region on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, September 5 – 7, 2020 (Labor Day Weekend). 

With Covid-19 restrictions on public gatherings, the Annual Festival that typically draws 20,000 art fans each day is transforming into Chalk It Up! Around The Town. All Around Town will see volunteer chalk artists dispatched to locations throughout the greater Sacramento region to bring their passion to the pavement all to increase support for critical Youth Art Education!

The public is invited to sponsor a Chalk It Up Chalk Artist at their home or business. Get all the details HERE.

Details of the event >

How To Sponsor a Chalk It Up Sidewalk Square >

Chalk it Up Info

What about the music at the Festival? Sacramento musicians will support Chalk It Up’s mission by creating a 3-day live music stream of sets from their quarantine locations. Music streams available through Confirmed bands include Dog Party, Kevin and Allyson Seconds, Kepi Ghoulie, Honyock, Californios, Richard March, Jig Monkeys, Ryan Thompson, Gabe Nelson, Killer Couture, Jessica Malone, Mallard, Short Trip, Skyler’s Pool, Jayson Angove, Girls Rock, Sam Elliot & Spiritual Disco, Sea of Bees, Landline, J Ross Parrelli (more to be announced).  

Skyler's Pool:  Kitty and husband Kurt recording music for Chalk it Up 2020

First established in 1991, Chalk It Up! is best known for the three-day chalk art festival held over Labor Day weekend. From Saturday to Monday, Fremont Park typically turns into an explosion of chalk art masterpieces, the best of Sacramento live music, interactive art activities and crafts for artists of all ages, local crafts, food and drink. The number of visitors to this free event has grown exponentially to over 60,000 festival attendees in 2019. 

This year social distancing is necessary to stop the spread of Covid-19, so Chalk It Up! Around The Town offers art fans, sponsors and about anyone the unique chance to have a Chalk It Up! Art Masterpiece created at any location around town. The fees paid for these personal art creations will directly strengthen the mission of Chalk It Up! to empower and support the next generation of Sacramento artists through targeted art grants for young artists and the programs that inspire them. will soon feature an interactive map to help art fans find the chalk activation that is in their neighborhood. Details on how to bring a Chalk It Up! masterpiece to your area of Sacramento >

Over the past 29 years, Chalk It Up has supported K-12 art programs by awarding over 200 grants more than $100,000 to local youth projects and programs to benefit Sacramento Youth Art Education. Past grants have been awarded to a wide variety of projects including: the creation of an art gallery atEl Camino High; clay and glazes for the ceramics class atWill Rogers Middle School; a silk screen press for Sacramento New Technology High School; and theWaZoBia Arts project at Washington Elementary which introduced students to methods used in creating traditional African batik. 

Previous Year's Drawing
One of Kitty's favorite sidewalk drawings from a previous year!

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