Why should you sponsor?
The Chalk Festival is a grass-roots volunteer not-for-profit community organization. We need your support so our 100% volunteer staff and artists can continue to create the ‘WOW’ experience everyone has come to love that attracts upward of 200,000 visitors and $10,000,000 into our economy. Because of the passion of many we have grown from a local community event into an international sensation recognized world-wide.
Our mission is simple. To enhance community by inspiring collaborative support from volunteers, artists, visitors and donors so that the world’s best pavement artists can perform alongside anyone who wants to attend or participate for free. You see, collaborative support is a must for us to succeed.
As the single most important contemporary pavement art venue in the world, we bringing together one time a year a global community of the best pavement artists in the world, while remaining inviting to local artists of all ages and skill levels. Artists who participates in the Festival volunteer their talent, which can be up to 16 hours a day on their hands and knees creating masterpieces for the public. The artists in-kind donation amounts to roughly an $800,000 gift to our community. Their talent draws hundreds and thousands of tourists and festival-goers to our streets and local business helping our economy, sense of place for residents, and exposure as a cultural community.
Our children’s chalking section grows each year welcome more than 5,000 children. It is a place for families, the young and young at heart to create with chalk. Our student section welcomes more than 100 students, grades 6 – 12, from all over Florida who travel here to chalk alongside dozens of local students. Student’s participation enriches their lives and allows them to hone their skills and share them with the community. This year we added Seniors Going Vertical so senior citizens can now take part in a street art activity too.
The festivities attract upward of 200,000 visitors and generates millions of dollars in new revenue for the community – a return on investment that is unparalleled by any other event in the county. The season has expanded publicity campaigns for 2015 with Venice being in the limelight again. Last year we successfully secured a Guinness World Record for the Largest Anamorphic Pavement Art at the Venice Municipal Airport of a Megalodon Shark. We are going to do another World Record this year. We want the increase in exposure to carry the local community and our sponsor messages right alongside the festival’s success so those revenues come to your door too.
The festival is funded by sponsors such as you, local tourist revenues, and donations from our visitors. There are more than 300 dedicated volunteers, including our volunteer chair, Denise Kowal, who needs your support to make the festival a success. Please sponsor or donate online today!