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2015 was our biggest year yet!
2015's Chalk It Up Festival was our biggest one yet. Our 3-day attendance was estimated to be 50,000 people, easily 10,000 more than last year! And vibrant and active as that was, the event never felt crowded or removed from its grassroots vibe. The art was great as usual. The bands fantastic! We even had Sacramento faves The Brodys play the event for the first time ever! There were more craft vendors, more food vendors, more interactive art for children and adults... and at the end of it all, more money raised than ever before! That success plus the money we raised at last year's Big Day Of Giving allowed us to award more Youth Art Grants than ever before as well! We had a goal of awarding 25 grants in celebration of our 25th festival, and we were able to exceed that goal by awarding 28 grants! All said, Chalk It Up was able to give back neary $15,000 in Youth Art Grants and Sponsorships. Not bad for a FREE Chalk Art Festival.
The Chalk It Up People's Choice Top 3 squares of 2015
The 1st place people's choice pick was by longtime Chalk It Up artist Andy Huff, Andy's pieces have been favorites at Chalk It Up every year, and his art has even been used on previous Chalk It Up Posters.
The 2nd place people's choice pick went to Julia Flippo, who although is one of our young Chalk It Up Artists, she has been a crowd favorite for a few years now and has also done the art of a previous Chalk It Up Poster.
And 3rd place went to first time Chalk It Up participant Emma Farnsworth for her beautiful sunflower.
Amazing as all three of these pieces are, now imagine them 6 to 8 feet tall! There is nothing quite like seeing these creations while the artist is rendering them, or as soon as they are finished. Truly spectacular!
As part of the award ceremonty fun, each of the artists was brought up on stage and presented with a one-of-a-kind trophy, custom made at the the Chalk It Up festival by local metal sculpture artist Gina Rossi, and each also received a gift card for University Art.
SPONSOR A CHALK SQUARE! SUPPORT LOCAL ARTS! PROMOTE YO'SELF!
Everyone loves the Chalk It Up Festival, but few people think of Chalk It Up as a benefit for the arts... and even fewer think of it as an excellent way to to get seen! However, if you sponsor a Chalk Square at Chalk It Up, not only are you supporting the festival you love, but you are also helping us raise money for local youth art programs AND your sponsored square will get seen by THOUSANDS of people.
Remember, we had 35,000 people come out last year SPECIFICALLY to look at our sidewalk art! So sponsor as yourself, as your family, as your business, as your band, as your favorite organization... and get seen by everyone who comes to the event!
For less money than it costs to run a business card sized ad in a local publication, you can have your name on one of Chalk It Up's art squares! Sponsor one square for $150; two squares for $250! Fill out our sponsor application and help us raise even more money for our Chalk It Up art grants! Our goal this year is to give out 25 youth art grants!
(NOTE: The Early Bird Special is still in effect until Aug 19! One Square is $100; Double Square is $200)