Three ways to join the Chalk Festival as an artist. 

Below you can find the following opportunities: Sarasota Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest & Fundraiser October 30, 2022, The Chalk Festival April 5-7, 2023, and the Avenue of Art various dates. 

1. Sign up to participate in the Sarasota Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest

The first Sarasota Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest is taking place October 30th from 8am to 5pm in Burns Square, downtown Sarasota. The contest is for adults 18 years of age or older. Those under 18 years of age can sign up and will be approved on a case by case basis. Artists will work on 38" x 50" artist paper that will be taped to your chosen location. Over $1000 in cash prizes and ribbons, awards at 4:30 PM. Artists can keep their artwork or donate it to the Avenida de Colores 501c3 cultural arts organization where it will be sold at silent during the event. Artists can sign up by CLICKING HERE.

2. Become an Artist at the April 2023 Chalk Festival

The Chalk Festival accepts anyone and everyone who wants to signup to chalk including beginners, families, students or teams. Please fill out the application, CLICK HERE today and let's get chalking! 

While we have experienced and seasoned artists, we love helping those who never tried it before. If you have any interest in participating as an artist we highly encourage you to sign up for the Chalk Festival in April 2023 - you will love it.

We provide the space and materials to create your chalk drawing. You just need to show up in comfortable clothing. We suggest you dress in layers, bring a cushion to sit on, sunscreen, a hat and any personal items you will need. 

REMEMBER: We also have a public participation area for those who do not want to sign yet want to give chalk drawing a try while attending the festival! 

Please fill out the application, CLICK HERE today and let's get chalking! 

Simona Sofia Lanfredi

Simonda Sofia Lanfredi at the Sarasota Chalk Festival in Venice Nov. 2019

3. The Chalk Festival 'Avenue of Art' has been extended through 2022

The Avenue of Art is a self-guided, open 24/7 social distancing event in Burns Square, downtown Sarasota. Over 150 sidewalks have already been hand-painted by Chalk Festival artists as well as local artists, students, families and teams. The artwork thus far was curated to celebrate Sarasota County Centennial. Each painting has a QR code that brings spectators to interesting and informative stories about the artwork and the artist that created it. 

We are expanding the Avenue of Art this spring with various themes. Beginner, experienced and experts are encouraged to join us in painting a sidewalk - no painting experience necessary but an enthusiasm to try is a plus. YES PAINTING, not chalking.  What to join us in painting the town, CLICK HERE to sign up. 

Carrie Phillips at the Avenue of Art next to her painting of Weary Willy Clown