2020 Theme: COMMUNITY

We’re all in this together! This year Artpace has adapted our ever-popular Chalk It Up festival to ensure local artists, schools, and the public can safely enjoy creative expression by creating chalk murals anywhere you are!

School teams and community teams from all over San Antonio have the opportunity to participate in TeamWorks and can create murals anytime in September at a location of their choice (see TEAMWORKS tab). Teams will submit photos and statements about their murals, which will be reviewed in time for Chalk It Up day – October 10, 2020! Chalk It Up 2020 Co-Chairs Katie Pace Halleran and Cristina Peña Walls will choose 17 finalists from across every school district within San Antonio city limits. Finalists and a winner will receive gift cards courtesy of H-E-B and will be announced on our website and our social media platforms at noon on October 10. TeamWorks murals will be posted here as they are received, so check back often to see them all!
Boy at Chalk It Up
On October 10, twenty Featured Artists will create original designs in chalk on a sidewalk or pavement capturing our 2020 theme: community. Local artists from around San Antonio will be creating these murals at ten different San Antonio Public Library branches (see MAPS tab). The public is encouraged to visit the library of their choice to celebrate these artists and their visions of community – or spend the day visiting all of them! Drive-thru viewing will be available at most libraries; if visiting on foot, appropriate social distancing guides will be in place. Look for our Maps to Murals, which will be posted on our website in October for more information and to plan your day!

#ChalkItUpAtHome: Artpace will provide a Chalk It Up experience for everyone this year in the safety and comfort of your own home or neighborhood. Beginning Saturday, September 12, and occurring every Saturday leading up to Chalk It Up day on October 10, Artpace will announce a #ChalkItUpAtHome prompt, stemming from this year’s Chalk it Up theme – community. Each #ChalkItUpAtHome prompt will be announced on our social media channels and we encourage participants to share on social media—tag us: @artpace, #ChalkItUpAtHome; #ArtpaceAtHome; #MakeArtHappen.

This city-wide engagement is a part of Artpace’s #ArtpaceAtHome initiative, which invites the San Antonio community and beyond to continue to engage in contemporary art while practicing social distancing.

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For more information on Chalk It Up 2020, please contact Lisa Halff at lhalff@artpace.org or 210.678.4180.

Artpace Chalk It Up has engaged thousands for the past 16 years. School teams participating in TeamWorks, San Antonio-based featured artists, visitors to our city, and our entire community have celebrated artistic expression together through the creation of chalk murals in downtown San Antonio.

In response to the challenges and safety protocols in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Artpace has reimagined Chalk It Up to be a safe and inclusive citywide celebration of community by creating a model where schools, artists, and the public can participate collectively – even at a distance!

Our map above highlights and locates each of the ten San Antonio Library branches that will host our Featured Artists this year. Check back as more information is added to each icon on the map. Library icons will feature information about the library branch, including a link for directions. These icons will also include information about the two artists who will be creating murals at each location. School icons represent all TeamWorks participants, whose murals will be featured on the TeamWorks tab as they are received.

Please note, the TeamWorks competition takes place during September, and murals are not available for in-person public viewing.

Maps to Murals will help you plan your Chalk It Up day, October 10, when you can meet the artists and see the murals at the library branch in your own City Council district – or make a day of it and visit them all! The website will be updated with fun Chalk It Up content regularly, so check back often!

TeamWorks Registration

Since 2004, Artpace’s TeamWorks groups have played a significant role at Chalk It Up in Downtown San Antonio. Over 7,000 educators, students, and community members have contributed 701 one-of-a-kind chalk murals on Houston Street and Main Avenue alongside Artpace’s international resident and exhibiting artists from the San Antonio community and abroad.

For its 17th iteration, Artpace San Antonio invites school and community groups to participate in Chalk It Up 2020 and work collaboratively to complete original chalk murals representative of the 2020 theme: COMMUNITY.


  • This year, registration is free and open to any school or community group within Bexar County serving San Antonio residents and residents of other municipalities within the San Antonio area. A community group may be a college, university, cultural, or nonprofit organization.
  • August 7–31: Registration for TeamWorks is open!
  • School Teams will receive one Chalk It Up Kit with two sets of 24-count washable sidewalk chalk, two sets of 18-count soft pastels, Chalk It Up TeamWorks buttons, Artpace bubbles, and Artpace Lesson Plan David Benjamin Sherry: Earth Changes Chalk Mural. Kits may be picked up at Artpace on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, between 11am and 4pm beginning Monday, August 17 until Friday, August 31.
  • Team leaders are responsible for facilitating the completion and submission of their mural; Team leaders will select the mural site and workday(s) and time(s).
  • September 1–October 2: Mural submissions open! Teams will have up to one month to submit a mural. Judging will be virtual! TeamWorks must submit up to three images of their process and finished mural with a statement describing their artwork, overall dimensions, location, and number of team members. Teams will be judged on creativity, execution, and adherence to theme: COMMUNITY.
  • October 5–9: Chalk It Up Co-Chairs will virtually review submitted TeamWorks’s images and statements and select one finalist from each participating school district.
  • October 10, Chalk It Up day: TeamWorks finalists, winner, and honorable mention(s) will be announced. Only School Teams are eligible for finalist and winner positions; non-school community group(s) may receive honorable mention(s). Each finalist will receive one $125 gift card courtesy of H-E-B; one winning School Team will receive one $250 gift card; one community group will receive one $125 gift card.



Artpace seeks to provide a Chalk It Up experience for everyone that will support the safety and wellbeing of the community in which Artpace exists and serves. On Chalk It Up Day, celebrate contemporary art by creating your own Free Style zone at home and share your work by posting photos and using #ChalkItUpAtHome!

Stay tuned for more ways you can #ChalkItUpAtHome!

Share The Experience!

Document Artpace Chalk It Up by posting photos and updates throughout the day to your personal social media pages.  Use #ArtpaceChalkItUp #ChalkItUpAtHome #CIU2020 and follow @artpace on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Visit Artpace.org/Chalk-It-Up to view Featured Artist murals, TeamWorks Competition Murals, and #ChalkItUpAtHome photos submitted from the greater San Antonio community!

Artpace Chalk It Up 2020 is made possible through a partnership with


And through the generosity of the following donors:


Featured Artists Sponsor

Community Sponsor

TeamWorks Sponsor

TeamWorks Sponsor

In-Kind Sponsor

In-Kind Sponsor