Welcome to Chalk It Up!
Hey, Chalk It Up!
What's going on with your outdated website???
Well... funny you should ask. Yes, yes, yes.... 2015 was our biggest year yet... That's been on the site for a year! So where is our 2016 recap? Well... it's coming. (Spoiler alert... 2016 was our our latest, biggest year yet!)
But the REALLY BIG NEWS for 2016 is we are in the process of having our website completely overhauled and updated thanks to the brilliant and creative team at Uptown Studios! So far the designs look amazing. And it feels more user-friendly than ever before. So hang in there. Within a couple of weeks, we should have a shiny new Chalk It Up website for you to explore.... and all sorts of new information about how we did this year and what we're working on for 2017! In the meantime, you can stiil help us make 2016 even better.... Please read on!
After Black Friday... and Cyber Monday...
Get ready for Giving Tuesday!
(and help Chalk It Up raise even more money for local youth arts!)
Giving Tuesday is national day of giving that takes place every year on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. This year on November 29. The day was created as way for people to extend their holiday-giving to include their favorite nonprofits. This year Chalk It Up is participating for the first time. If you'd like to help us raise more money for local youth arts, then come here to our webpage or to our Facebook page on Nov 29, click on our Donation Button, and make a donation of $20 or $30 (or whatever amount you like!) The money we raise through our annual festival and various donations and sponsorships is used to fund grants that we award to a wide variety local youth art endeavors. We recieve requests from dozens schools, youth art teachers, youth art organizations and young artists. Then after looking into each, we choose to whom we can award grants. In 2015 we gave out $15,000 to local youth arts.
Chalk It Up is an organization run by a handful of volunteers and operates with a very low overhead. We take pride in how much we can give back to local youth arts! All money raised on November 29th's GIVING TUESDAY will go right into our grants program. Your GIVING TUESDAY support directly funds art for local youth. Please mark Tuesday November 29th on your calendar and plan on giving! Spread the word. Help us keep art alive in local schools and other local youth art programs!
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)