Cleveland Chalk Festival

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Stuart O. Smith, Jr.
Cleveland Museum of Art Chalk Festival 2012

Every fall, the Cleveland Museum of Art's Fine Arts Garden's stone pathways become a colorful canvas for our community. People of all ages are invited to contribute to the creation of a tapestry of Cleveland art. I visited in the morning of day two of this event, on Sunday, September 16, 2012, on my way to Cleveland's Guitarmania and IngenuityFest (please also click these links to read my Guitarmania and IngenuityFest blog posts). You can learn more about the Cleveland Museum of Art Chalk Festival on their website at and follow the museum on twitter at @ClevelandArt

Before going to the Chalk Festival, I took a walk through the museum. After years of construction, which created a fun round-about maze to reach the front of the building, there is now a straight path that takes you through the atrium. This was my first visit to the Cleveland Museum of Art since they opened the new atrium. What struck me was, how after seeing artists' renditions of the atrium for the past couple of years, seeing it in the real world felt unreal. After visiting the atrium, and viewing the panoramic photo I took, that feeling was reinforced.

Please click the full screen button to take a look, and let me know what you think. I used to take art classes at the museum as a teenager and have warm memories of all of the existing galleries. As the museum fills this new atrium with more art and public events, I believe that more fond memories will be created.

Learn more about the Cleveland Museum of Art building project and the donors that made it possible on their website.

Here are the photos I took at the Chalk Festival. I recommend clicking the full screen button. Please contact me if you know of other blogs or collections of photos from this year's event, so that I can share them with others. Please feel free to share your comments below.

Here is an Interactive view of the Fine Arts Garden during the event.

Please excuse the truncation of some of the people. I promise:
No People Were Harmed in the Making of This Interactive Photo! smiley


My Chalk Festival Tweets

Here are my tweets about the 2012 Chalk Festival: