The Fort Wayne Museum of Art Chalk Walk has been a trademark event held on Main Street in downtown Fort Wayne since 2000. The event is based on an Italian tradition of street painting that dates to the 16th century, known as i madonnari (street painters). Using pastels, artists of varying levels of experience may choose to reproduce existing artworks or create their own in their designated square. The event typically draws 40,000 people to see the spectacle unfold.
For 2020, we present Chalk Walk At Home in partnership with #ArtStartsHere in response to the reality that it's not yet safe for us to gather in large crowds. The 2020 event will still provide the opportunity for creative people to experience the thrill of making chalk art outside without the crowds of people.
As it is every year, our goal is to draw the city's most creative citizens together to contribute to the largest community art project in the region, attracting families, friends, and supporters of a vibrant cultural life in Fort Wayne.
$100 cash prizes are awarded to winners in each category (except for the "Under 12" category). Winners are chosen by a panel of judges from FWMoA and the community, except for the People's Choice Award, which is chosen by the public. One square may be selected as the 2021 T-Shirt art, but this will not be a competitive category this year.
2020 Award Categories:
Best Square by an Artist Under 12
Are you a young chalker? Compete in this category for $50!
For any questions, please call FWMoA Events Coordinator Emily Uphoff at 260-422-6467 or email@example.com.
Thank you to our 2020 sponsors!
Water Bottle Sponsor
Dear prospective Chalk Walk artist,
Last year's Chalk Walk was a great success in many ways. The art, which each of your create on the difficult surface of our city's streets, is simply wonderful. Creative expression is, of course, the whole point of Chalk Walk. For the community, whether amateurs or full-time artists, this event celebrates the creativity that you choose to share with thousands of people. We encourage you to continue the legacy of inventive visual expression on the city streets.
We'd like to remind you that brand identifications, logos, and URLs in chalk are reserved for our supporting sponsors and that individual non-sponsored squares should focus on non-commercial or non-promotional artwork. For prize consideration, please note our special prize categories, and if you have any questions about acceptable presentations, please call us at 260.422.6467.
Rules of participation:
1. Only NON oil-based pastels are to be used. The use of any other material is prohibited except for diluted tempera paint, which may be used as a thin wash of undercoat. Tempera paint is the ONLY paint allowed to be used as an undercoat for your artwork.
2. The FWMoA reserves the right to deem any subject matter as inappropriate for this all-ages, non-commercial event. Inappropriate subject matter includes hateful political statements, political campaign/endorsement messages, commercial advertisement (statements or logos by non-sponsoring organizations) or subject matter not suitable for children.
Chalk Walk artists that create squares with any of the following subject matter will not be featured in the online public gallery:
Tips for a great Chalk Walk At Home: