Chalk About It is the Miami Valley’s original chalk art festival and scheduled for May 21, 2016 at The Greene. Chalk art, or street painting as it’s known in Europe, has its origins back to the 16th century. Today it’s a creative art form by which a block of street is turned into a beautiful piece of art. Essentially, the asphalt is the canvas and the medium is environmentally friendly pastel chalk. Chalk festivals are gaining in popularity throughout the US, and are usually found in the south. Dayton is one of only a handful in the state.
Last year’s debut event proved to be a great success, in spite of the rain. Local, national, professional, amateur and students competed for the most votes. First prize went to Colleen Scott of Columbus, OH. In addition to Ms. Scott, participants included: Tiffany Kelly of Miamisburg, Lori Hughes of Galloway, OH, Erik Greenawalt of North Huntington PA, Heather Morrisey of Germantown, OH, Suzy Richardt and Ray Goerig both of Dayton. Chalk About It will again feature the anamorphic (3D) art of the award winning chalk artist, Jennifer Chaparro.
Chalk About It artists will have the opportunity to compete for cash prizes and will be invited to a meet and greet with the guest artist. Participating artists will receive chalk, snacks throughout the day, and of course a chance to win best of show. Artists can submit an application to participate at www.lifeessentials.org.
Chalk About It benefits Life Essentials and its unique and specialized programs that enable seniors and people living with mental illness to have a greater quality of life and take charge of their mental and physical health.
About Life Essentials
Life Essentials provides professionally delivered services which promote and enhance the quality of life for vulnerable adults through intensive advocacy and recovery-oriented programming. Life Essentials provides the only adult guardianship program in Montgomery and Greene Counties. In addition, seniors living with mental illness participate in an outpatient program designed to assist them in their recovery. Peer Academy is a unique program designed to train individuals in recovery to work as peer supporters. Life Essentials receives funding from the Montgomery County Human Services Levy, ADAMHS Board and the United Way.