Chalk Walk At Home 2020

In partnership with #ArtStartsHere, July 25-August 2

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.


  • Participants will create their chalk art at home on a sidewalk, paved driveway, or other safe cement/asphalt surface you have access to. Working in public streets poses safety hazards, so we do not recommend working in the street. Please also seek the proper permission before working in an area that is not your property.
  • Participation is free, but you must create an online account with our image uploading system in order to participate. Once your registration is complete, you may upload your image to be part of the online public gallery!
  • To be included in the online public gallery, you must use chalk pastels or sidewalk chalk on a cement or asphalt surface outside. We will not accept paintings or other media on other surfaces.
  • The first 500 registrants will receive a FREE "Chalk Walk 2020 At Home" goodie bag with 24 ct. pastels and sponsor promotional items. Pickup dates are listed below. - We have reached 500 registrants! Thank you for your support and please continue to sign up and share your chalk art with us!

  • July 16: Registration opens here. 
  • July 21-24: Goodie bag pick-up at FWMoA
    Registrants may pick up their free goodie back with 24 ct. pastels on these days from 11am-5pm.
  • July 25-August 2: Chalk At Home
    During this period, participants can still register, create their chalk art, and upload to the online public gallery. Voting for the People's Choice Award will close August 2.
  • August 3-4: Category judging
    Judges will select a winner in each category listed below.
  • August 5: Winners Announced
    The People's Choice Award and the winners in each category will be announced.

$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 Use of a Street/Sidewalk Blemish
    Imperfections in the pavement are a part of Chalk Walk! How will you deal with the imperfections of your square in a creative way?
  • Trompe l’oeil
    French for "fool the eye", trompe l'oeil drawings utilize 3D drawing techniques that fool the viewer by making the drawing seem like it's a part of real life.
  • Reproduce a Work From the FWMoA Collection (visit to take a peek at what we have!)
  • Favorite Art Genre (Pop, Surrealism, Impressionism, Cubism, etc.)
  • The Olympic Games
    Honor this worldwide athletic tradition with your favorite sport, athlete, city host, or notable moment in the history of the Olympic Games.
  • 100th Anniversary of Women’s Vote
    In 1920, the 19th amendment to the American Constitution was passed, guaranteeing a woman's right to vote. Celebrate this milestone in American democracy!
  • Favorite Literary Character
    Portray a favorite character from a book (or book turned into movie).
  • People's Choice
    The public votes for this one!
  • 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

Thank you to our 2020 sponsors!

Title Sponsor

Entertainment Sponsors          



Street 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:

  • Violence, pornography, or blood and gore
  • Hateful imagery or inflammatory messages toward any individual or groups of people
  • Logos, websites, or commercial messages in any non-sponsored square

Tips for a great Chalk Walk At Home:

  • Kneepads or a cushion of some kind is highly recommended.
  • Commercial "sidewalk chalk" has its limitations in helping you create detailed works of art. All Chalk Walk 2020 registrants will receive a free set of 24 ct. chalk pastels, or you may purchase chalk pastels from many retailers.
  • Before you begin to chalk, applying a coat of tempera water-soluble paint to your surface helps to fill in holes and cover large areas of your square with color. Doing this allows you to save your chalk for the detailed areas of your masterpiece. Tempera can be applied with a sponge or brush and a bucket of water for thinning.
  • Event artists usually use a light color to sketch in the design before beginning to color in the image. Sketching the design first helps to insure the image is accurate and proportional.

311 E Main Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Gallery Hours Tuesday - Saturday: 10am-6pm
Thursday: 10am-8pm
Sunday: 12-5pm
Administrative Office Hours Monday - Friday: 8:30am-5pm
P: (260) 422-6467
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