The Sarasota Chalk Festival is a week-long, local and global community celebration, focused primarily on the performance art form of street painting. Artists from around the world use the pavement as their canvas and pastel chalk as their medium to create oversized paintings and illusions turning the streets into a museum in motion. Local artists, students and children are encouraged to participate creating an event that is diverse and inclusive for all.

The festival is produced by the Avenida de Colores 501c3 charitable organization that is volunteer based. It is the first and only international festival in Sarasota County that is free for all to participate in and attend.

The public are an integral part of the festival, invited as the viewer to participate, attend, and interact with the artists as they go about their work.

The artwork appeals to the most sophisticated critic as much as it does to the novice. The festival welcomes artists of all ages and skill levels to take to their hands and knees for days, recreating old master paintings, original works of art and illusion compositions.

The 2014 festivities will be in Venice, Florida this November 10 – 17, 2014. Artwork will be located on the Venice Cultural Campus November 10 – 17, West Miami Avenue from November 14 – 17, and the Venice Airport Fairgrounds November 14-17.

Local residents are encouraged and always approved to participate in the festival. Artists receiving travel compensation and lodging are approved through an application process. Dozens of other performers and groups are accepted to participate to compliment the festivities with song, dance, music, magic, theater and storytelling.

The Sarasota Chalk Festival’s success relies on 4 different contributors: dedicated volunteers, generous sponsors, passionate artists, and enthusiastic visitors. Consider joining our team today in making the 7th season the best yet!