2020 Theme: COMMUNITY

We’re all in this together!

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

This year, Artpace has adapted this ever-popular festival to ensure local artists, schools, and the public can participate safely – creating murals wherever we 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 in the tab above as they are received, so check back often to see them all!

Artpace would like to extend a special thank you to Councilman Roberto Treviño, Honorary Chair of Chalk It Up 2020!

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 ONLY will be available at all libraries! Look for our Maps to Murals, which will be posted on our website in October for more information and to plan your day!

#ChalkItUpOnHoustonSt: We’re excited to announce that Centro San Antonio will celebrate the history of Chalk It Up by installing a series of color photos in windows along Houston Street in October featuring artists’ murals from the past 16 years. Centro has long been a supporter and partner to Artpace’s Chalk It Up and is keeping our downtown history alive until we can return next year. Thank you, Centro!!

#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.

05 Photo credit Chris Saucedo
While Chalk It Up usually serves as one of Artpace’s largest annual fundraisers, this year Artpace is seeking only underwriting to support the festival’s realization. Please consider supporting Chalk It Up 2020 with sponsorship or a contribution. For more information on opportunities to support Chalk It Up, please contact Lisa Halff, Director of Development, at lhalff@artpace.org or 210.678.4180.

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

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.

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. 

To read an overview and register for FREE by September 30, CLICK HERE! 

 

HOW TO SUBMIT A MURAL FOR COMPETITION 

This year’s judging will be virtual! TeamWorks murals can be submitted for competition beginning Monday, September 1, through Friday, October 2. 

To submit a mural for competition, all TeamWorks groups must submit the following: 

  • Up to three images of their completed mural and mural process 
  • One statement describing the artwork and how it relates to the theme: COMMUNITY 
  • Number of Team members 
  • Location/address of completed mural 
  • Overall dimensions; murals must be a minimum of 5’ X 5’ 

TeamWorks murals will be judged on creativity, execution, and adherence to theme: COMMUNITY. 

Mural submissions may be emailed to Ashley Mireles, Artpace Education Coordinator: amireles@artpace.org  

 

FAQ 

Q: Is there a maximum mural size? 

A: No! There is a minimum size of 5’ X 5’. 

Q: Is there a limited number of members per Team? 

A: Not this year! We would like for you to involve as many or as little Team members you are comfortable with. 

Q: My Team would like to work remotely. Can my Team create a tiled mural? 

A: Yes! Tiled murals are accepted but must physically exist as whole to compete for an award. 

Q: My Team would like to work remotely. Can my Team submit a digitally produced mural? 

A: Yes. Digitally completed murals can and will be accepted, however, cannot be considered for competition.  

Q: Can my Team collage several photos to create one or more of the submitted images? 

A: No. Please only submit up to three images containing one photo each. 

#ChalkItUpAtHome

Artpace San Antonio presents #ChalkitUpAtHome, bringing Chalk it Up into the homes and neighborhoods of communities throughout the city. Beginning Saturday, September 12, and occurring every Saturday until Chalk it Up Day on October 10, Artpace will announce a #ChalkItUpAtHome prompt, stemming from this year’s Chalk it Up theme – community.  

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. 

Each #ChalkItUpAtHome prompt will be announced on our social media channels and we encourage participants to create a title for your composition and share on social media.

September 12: What is community? Create a chalk mural about what community means to you!

September 19: Quarantine Bubbles: Create a chalk mural featuring the activities and people that are within your quarantine bubbles. These can be new hobbies, skills, and the people you share it with!

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!

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