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 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 we are!
#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.
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!
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). Each library will feature two artists who will create their murals throughout the morning of October 10. 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 guidelines will be in place.
Check back soon to meet all of our Featured Artists for Chalk It Up 2020!
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.
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!
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!
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