Photo by Les Stukenberg.
Originally Published: April 7, 2016 6 a.m.
The eighth annual Chalk It Up! Prescott festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the National Bank of Arizona parking lot at the corner of Willis and Montezuma.
This event offers free chalking spaces and chalk for participants of all ages to work side by side with professional artists, through the generous sponsorship of more than 70 community business and organizations. This event is about having fun and being creative.
Attendees can actively chalk it up, enjoy the talented local entertainers or walk around to view the imaginative artwork of the chalking participants. In addition to the parking lot chalking spaces, ceramic tiles are available for those who might have difficulty with bending, so they can chalk it up with a tile on their laps.
This year a new interactive chalk photo booth is being introduced, now attendees will have the opportunity to step into the frame and become a work of art themselves.
There will be 13 featured and guest artists participating over the weekend, such as Melissa White, our first-ever featured youth artist, and Willie Zin, the 2015 People’s Choice winner. Willie is a graduate of Fine Art in Illustration, who discovered street painting by accident. Now, Willie is hooked on creating art with chalk and has done several festivals around the country including his home state of California and Chalk It Up! Prescott in 2012 and 2015.
Local entertainment includes The Dance Studio Rhythm Motion, Franklin Phonetic Twirlers, Fusion of Movement Dancers, Generations, The Gurley Girls, Hoop Fixation, New Moon Tribal Bellydance, S.N.A.P Singers, Tiger Zumba and Twisted Tubulum.
All proceeds benefit community mental health programs supported by the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Foundation! For more information about the event, visit prescottchalkart.com.