Tattnall Park to hold Sidewalk Chalk Festival


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Rylee Kirk, Staff Writer

Artists will compete against each other by creating chalk murals along the sidewalks in Tattnall Square Park, April 29th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This event was originally scheduled for March 18, but was cancelled because it started to rain on the artwork. “Ironically, the remainder of the day was beautiful” stated Macon-Bibb Parks and Recreation Department representative Dominique Lewis, in an email.

Admission is free for all spectators. For artists who wish to compete, it is $5 per sidewalk square for kids age 7 to 13. For older competitors, the fee is $10 for a square, according to the online flyer.

If an artist chooses to work with a partner, then that partner must also pay for registration fee and will receive a box of chalk. Registration opens at 9 a.m. on the day of the event, but you can register early in the Recreation Administrative Office at 150 Willie Smokie Glover Drive. There are currently 5 artists registered.

The spaces are 4’ by 4’. All artists must remain in the boundaries of their space and may not touch any artwork other than their own.

One box of chalk, containing 30 pieces, will be given to every artist upon registration. Additional boxes can be purchased for $5, according to the event page on Facebook. Other tools, such as “water, paint brushes, blending nibs and additional chalk” are allowed.

The subject material of the art may not pertain to “religious, moral, political or controversial opinions,” according to the event page. “Commercial advertising messages, business logos and alcohol/tobacco themes” will also not be allowed. Due to the event being a family friendly event, “nudity, vulgar or explicit language or expression” is also not permitted in the artwork.

There will be prizes for first, second and third place in the categories of kids, high school, college and professional. Judging will occur at 2 p.m., with awards distributed in the pavilion at 3 p.m.

This is the second time this event has been hosted and is an annual event. It was created by the Macon-Bibb Parks and Recreation and is sponsored by The Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences, Spark Macon, The Creative Alternative and The Ampersand.

Freshman finance major Logan Culver said that the festival would be “something cool to see.” “It’s something that would be easy to mess up,” Culver said.

Bailey Noon, a junior public health major, said she would be interested in the artwork and that it is a very hard task to accomplish. “It must be super hard. I can’t even draw a stick figure!” Noon said.