Artpace will present the 12th annual Artpace Chalk It Up, to be held on San Antonio’s downtown Houston Street, between Maine Avenue and Jefferson. The free contemporary art festival turns a downtown city block into an art canvas, showcasing art and raising money for art education in the city, while also promoting downtown as a destination with a thriving arts and culture scene.
Artpace Chalk It Up, with support from presenting sponsor Argo Group and lead sponsor HEB, hopes to raise funds through sponsorships to benefit Artpace’s educational programming that serves 8,000 students annually, primarily in schools without art programs and teachers. Artpace Chalk It Up and Artpace Education cultivate a lifelong passion for the arts, preparing the next generation of San Antonio residents to become patrons of and audiences for the arts.
Artpace Chalk It Up encourages participants to become artists for a day in the freestyle area and work on a collaborative, city block-sized mural. Children can take part in hands-on education activities in the “Make Zone,” inspiring innovation by connecting art with science, technology, engineering and math concepts. Additionally, teams from local schools, universities and nonprofits will work together to create large chalk murals.
In collaboration with the Guerilla Haiku Movement, Artpace Chalk It Up participants and community members will be encouraged to create chalk haikus along Houston Street and the surrounding area. The San Antonio Museum of Art will also be present to create a participatory and collaborative, public chalk mural. Participants will be able to capture their Artpace Chalk It Up moment by stepping into a photo booth on site at the event. Guests will be able to dance while they draw as bands and DJs will perform and entertain throughout the day at the event’s main stage.
San Antonio’s best local artists will also be at the event to create chalk murals along historic Houston Street, and with food trucks, live music, a photo booth, performances and more, Artpace Chalk It Up will be one of the best art parties of the year.