Our Sponsors

The Sarasota Chalk Festival is managed by, and a benefit for, the Avenida de Colores 501c3 nonprofit cultural arts organization that is funded, in part, by our generous sponsors. The nonprofit is an entirely volunteer run organization that along with its sponsors, consists of dedicated volunteers and talented artists and together with the visitors create the ‘awe-inspiring’ event everyone has come to LOVE.  Our sponsors give support financially and with in-kind products and services needed to make the festival a success by attracting over 200,000 visitors and over 10MM dollars into our community. Below is a list of our amazing major sponsors for 2013.

Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax

Some of the Tourist Development Tax collected from tourists revenues directly fund Sarasota County arts and cultural organizations to offer high quality programming that continues to attract tourists to our area. The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County (formerly Sarasota County Arts Council) administers a little more than one million dollars each year in Tourist Development Cultural/Arts (TDC/A) grants.  Grants are available to organizations with recognized ability to produce, present and promote cultural and arts activities that appeal to tourists.


The Venice Gondolier
Kenyon Kowal

Kenyon Kowal is a front-end developer, designer and musician living in Portland, Oregon. He works remotely for Sarasota company atLarge.Inc as an Interactive Designer & Front-End Developer making things with Drupal and WordPress. He takes on contract work from time to time, and likes to do fun side projects in his spare time like creating the Sarasota Chalk Festival website. If you would like to know more about him, check out his website.

Jeff Bleitz Design

Bleitz is a print and web designer and design educator with html and css tendencies. He has worked at a commercial printer, an advertising agency and a design studio. An Iowa State Cyclone, he worked at a hot little boutique studio in Des Moines for 5 years, cutting his teeth on start-to-finish projects from posters and logos to magazines and annual reports, winning design awards and getting a few projects into some international design publications, before quitting a perfectly good job and heading graduate school in Tucson, Arizona.

Today, the primary focus of his creative energy is his gig as a full time member of the faculty at Ringling College of Art and Design. But he can be persuaded to take on outside projects if the conditions are right – hence he is the head designer for the Sarasota Chalk Festival.

Adventure Travel of Sarasota
Sharky’s on the Pier

Sharky’s sit smack dab on the Gulf in the Shark’s Tooth Capital of the World, it also boasts amazing sunsets, gorgeous views, and the best seafood around!  You don’t want to miss the delicious tropical frozen drinks, the grouper sandwiches, or the live music, all while sitting or dancing right on the Gulf of Mexico! That’s right, waterfront dining in Venice, Florida and Sharky’s extends a warm welcome to all to dine, dance, and have fun. It doesn’t matter if you’re a local, a Florida Cracker, visiting grandma or grandpa, or just vacationing in Venice, Fl…we would love to meet you! Come catch a sunset or dance the night away with Sharky’s On The Pier. 1600 Harbor Drive South, Venice, Florida 34285 (941) 488-1456

P.S. don’t forget to have your photo taken on the street painting of a Shark out front!


Clothesline Creative & Screen Printing

SCREEN PRINTING – Using top-of-the-line screen printing techniques, Clothesline creates retail ready apparel. We offer T-shirt printing services for businesses, events, bands, and individual artists. All pricing is per design and includes cost of the shirt, printing, and shipping if necessary.

POSTER SILKSCREEN PRINTING – Our services are not limited to apparel. We now create screen printed posters in bulk or limited edition. Whether it’s to promote an event or show off custom artwork, Clothesline can deliver high quality prints at reasonable prices.

LOGO BRAND IDENTITY – Have an idea and need a designer to make it happen? Clothesline’s creative staff are qualified to design for print and web graphics. From logos to brochures, menus, and banners, we can provide design for any commercial or personal need.

Clothesline strives to deliver high quality products and tailor a personal experience for clients such as The Ringling Museum, and to constantly create opportunities for artists with clients such as the Sarasota Chalk Festival. We also have our own product lines – every product we release is a piece of our identity and reflects our individuality, attitude and lifestyle. Est. 2008, the Clothesline brand continues to embody the counterculture of Downtown Sarasota by embracing contemporary art, urban fashion, and the curious, ever-rebellious spirit of our youth. Contact Austin Kowal (941) 724-6667

Mi Pueblo Mexican
David Taylor Photography
Gorilla Kleen Pressure Washing

Did you ever notice that sometimes your mold and mildew starts to return right after it is pressure washed? Without the use of a biocide, mold and mildew will start to grow immediately. Gorilla Kleen offers several biocides, even penetrating sealers with biocide inhibitors. They have special degreasers for animal fat and degreasers for petroleum products. They can remove those stubborn rust stains and black streaks on your gutters. They have proprietary products that can “suck” oil stains out of your driveway or paver bricks. They can even resurface your “tired” concrete with special acid solutions to make it look closer to new again. They have an extensive vacuum recover system that allows for recovery of wash water in environmentally sensitive areas or working inside or with poor drainage. They know how to use these cleaning solutions effectively and most importantly, safely.

In addition to having proper insurance and training, Their personnel have all been subjected to a National Criminal Background check so that we are comfortable with the character and background of the people we send to your home.

Gorilla Kleen is the right choice for your cleaning needs – they have the skills, training and experience not only do a great job cleaning, but to take care of your valuable property while doing so.

They specialize in commercial and residential exterior cleaning and maintenance in these and many other areas:

Roof cleaning, gutters, building cleaning, screen cages, pool decks, driveways, parking lots, parking garages, storefronts, gas stations, restaurants, gum removal, graffiti removal, cleaning and waxing outdoor sculptures, driveways, sidewalks, curbing, dumpsters, trash enclosures, playgrounds, stadiums, tile floors (inside and outside), fleet cleaning, boat docks, trash chutes, oil stains, concrete and paver sealing, sound walls.

Longboat Key Kiwanis Club

Visit the new website of the Longboat Key Kiwanis Club to updated information about our weekly meetings. We hope you will find everything you want to know about Kiwanis. Our club meets for breakfast every week of the year. We welcome interesting speakers for our members and guests. If you would like more information about the LBK Kiwanis Club contact Reg Ware at 941-400-0804.

Kiwanis Logo

Eternity Arts
Intertape Polymer
Jack Richeson & Co
Ben & Jerry’s St. Armands
Cutting Edge Molding
Venice Art Center
Venice Community Center
Venice Circus Arts Foundation
Fairfield Inn and Suites
Island Sun Inn
Island Breeze Inn
Venice Main Street
Venice Farmers Market
Marine Max
Mahle Cool Air and Heating
William M. Letson, Jr. MD
Bellissima Medi Spa
Sarasota Coach Lines
Robert’s Insurance Group
Caddy Carts
Cold Sun Productions
Freedom Boat Club
Fraser’s Island Gift Nook
Horse and Chaise Rentals