Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11, 12:00–5:00 p.m.
Fine Arts Garden
Children and adults enjoy this annual event where community members join professional artists in using the walkways around the Fine Arts Garden as a colorful canvas. Begun in 1990, our festival is a modern expression of a Renaissance tradition from 16th-century Italy in which beggars copied paintings of the Madonna by Raphael and his contemporaries using chalk on the plazas outside cathedrals. Watching the chalk artists and enjoying the entertainment is free.
I was so glad to be back in person after two years!! In 2020, for the 31st annual Cleveland Museum of Art's Chalk Festival, the event went virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Blog Date: September 15, 2020 - #CMAChalkFestival Social Distancing Style: Cleveland Museum of Art's Virtual Chalk Festival 2020
Last year, "I was very disappointed that a spur-of-the-moment trip south to take care of some family business prevented me from attending ... " but "I was rewarded greatly by the Cleveland Twitterverse," who posted their photos online so that I was able to share them in my blog post:
- Blog Date: September 18, 2021 - Enjoying Remotely in 2021: The 32nd Cleveland Museum of Art's Chalk Festival
I was so pleased that the 33rd Annual Chalk Festival would take place in the Fine Arts Garden on Saturday/Sunday, September 10 and 11, 2022, rain or shine! These were dates I could attend!!
My wife just showed me @ClevelandArt email about the 2022 #CMAChalkFestival.https://t.co/DvzgqcOy6T— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) September 1, 2022
We were recently talking about the #Cleveland #Museum of #Art's Chalk Festival & wondered about dates.
It is always a good time! https://t.co/K57uwJn8lmhttps://t.co/ZXNr5nHkPn pic.twitter.com/ZhfPXO9nl3
The following is my eleventh Cleveland Chalk Festival blog post. I really enjoy seeing the creativity each year (which is why I even wrote blog posts for the two years I enjoyed remotely). I invite you to view all my my past "Chalk Festival" blog posts from 2012 - 2021 after you look at the photos in this blog post. Please retweet any tweets that have photos of chalk artwork you enjoy to encourage more people to attend and participate in future years!
Announcing the Cleveland Museum of Art 2022 Chalk Festival
It's Chalk Festival weekend at Cleveland Museum of Art
Sep 9, 2022 The 33rd Annual Cleveland Museum of Art Chalk Festival takes place this weekend outside the museum. The free family-friendly event runs both Saturday and Sunday rain or shine. Fox 8's Kristi Capel gets all the details. https://www.clevelandart.org/learn/community-arts/chalk-festival
The Cleveland Museum of Art Hosts 33rd Annual Chalk Festival
Two family-friendly days to enjoy sidewalk art inspired by Italian Renaissance tradition
Cleveland (August 9, 2022)—The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) will host the 2022 Chalk Festival, an annual event started in 1990, this year expanded to two days, Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11, noon to 5 p.m., rain or shine. The festival features sidewalk artistry by professional chalk artists and local community groups, families, and individuals, all using the CMA’s south plaza and walkways that wind through the Fine Arts Garden and down to Wade Lagoon as a colorful canvas.
The Chalk Festival is a modern expression of a Renaissance tradition from 16th-century Italy in which beggars copied paintings of the Madonna by Raphael and his contemporaries using chalk on the plazas outside cathedrals. This year, Chalk Festival’s featured artists include Héctor Castellanos Lara, Wendy Mahon and Oliver C. St. Clair, and the community is invited to take part in a chalk-drawing masterpiece and make it come alive with color.
Squares and boxes of chalk are available for $10 with on-site, day-of registration (supplies limited). No advance reservations will be taken. The Chalk Festival is free to visitors wishing to enjoy the artists’ work and listen to live music in the garden.
Here are tweets from before the September 10-11, 2022, Chalk Festival announcing the festivities!!
Chalk art is always the move. Always.— Destination Cleveland (@TheCLE) August 16, 2022
Grab your most vibrant sidewalk chalk and gear up for this year's @ClevelandArt Chalk Festival, September 10-11 around Wade Lagoon: https://t.co/flBG0kltQV#ThisisCLE pic.twitter.com/j7uP9nIUCR
Join us this Saturday the 3rd and Sunday the 4th for some FREE colorful fun at the Community Arts Center!— clevelandart (@ClevelandArt) August 31, 2022
On September 3rd, take your chalk drawing to the next level by learning from professional chalk artist Hector Castellanos-Lara.
Learn more info @ https://t.co/Z9dqOnVfDv pic.twitter.com/ordxpM4Ssu
The following is Polly Karr's (@karr_pe) tweet she made after reading my September 1, 2022, tweet about the 2022 #CMAChalkFestival.
I love the chalk festival so much and look forward to it every year.— Polly Karr (@karr_pe) September 9, 2022
SUNDAY!! Join us at the Chalk Festival from 12-5pm in the Fine Arts Garden @ClevelandArt ! We will be there all day sharing tunes and taking in all the amazing chalk work around us.#chalkfestival #clevelandmuseumofart #thisiscle #clevelandmusic #clevelandart pic.twitter.com/2azpnH1amq— The Baker's Basement (@Bakers_Basement) September 9, 2022
Day #1: Saturday, September 10, 2022 - 33rd Annual Chalk Festival
CMA’s annual Chalk Festival 2022 is back September 10-11th 12-5pm! or— clevelandart (@ClevelandArt) September 10, 2022
Come watch professional chalk artists while enjoying live music with family and friends
FREE to attend or purchase squares for $10 each (includes box of chalk)
Learn more: https://t.co/POdQEjWqyz pic.twitter.com/COnhQhxuKm
Unless I am participating by doing my own chalk drawing on the first day of the festival, I normally only come on Sunday (day two) to get photos of the finished chalk drawings. This year, I saw that the weather forecast for rain Sunday morning dictated that I come on Saturday night to capture photos of the first day's drawings.
Note that before I visited the Chalk Festival in the early evening Saturday, I had already visited four other fun places in Cleveland that day. If you open the first tweet that follows, you can see photos of my day at:
- Canal Basin Trailhead Weekend Celebration
- Cleveland Metroparks Wendy Park
- FRONT International exhibition at the Spaces gallery
- Mid-Autumn Festival at the AsiaTown Pop-Up Park
I enjoy the @ClevelandArt’s #CMAChalkFestival every year!!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) September 10, 2022
Even last year when an important commitment took me away the 2021 #ChalkFest weekend I created a blog post titled: “Enjoying Remotely in 2021: The 32nd #Cleveland #Museum of Art's #ChalkFestival!” https://t.co/K57uwJnGaU https://t.co/5RhXWz3Yr5 pic.twitter.com/wdQnOaV7R0
I am so glad to be able to see the results of day one of the @ClevelandArt’s #CMAChalkFestival in person again this year!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) September 10, 2022
I enjoy the #Cleveland #Museum of Art's #ChalkFestival every year https://t.co/K57uwJn8lm https://t.co/W907giT5IG pic.twitter.com/64poXf465x
Such an awesome idea! I wish I had known about it sooner; it's too bad rain is forecasted for tomorrow, otherwise I would've tried to swing by early Monday morning to check all the art out.— Poko Traveler - Cleveland Live Walks (@PokoTraveler) September 11, 2022
Great to have an online conversation with Polly Karr (@karr_pe) about the "baker chalk art" and plans to visit.
Love that baker chalk art.— Polly Karr (@karr_pe) September 10, 2022
I like to go on Mondays when the crowds are gone and I can really look at all of the art.— Polly Karr (@karr_pe) September 11, 2022
.@karr_pe, yes, I normally go late Sunday to take photos after everything is done & crowds gone (except for the few years I also draw). https://t.co/K57uwJn8lm— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) September 11, 2022
This year I visited Saturday since I am concerned that rain may ruin some.🌧
I hope to visit again late Sunday.
Yeah, the rain in the forecast isn't great for my plans.— Polly Karr (@karr_pe) September 11, 2022
Beautiful gardens in front of the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Chalk festival at the Cleveland museum of art this weekend. pic.twitter.com/Kmln8JGDSC— Stacy (@DudeDarkmatter) September 11, 2022
Day #2: Sunday, September 11, 2022 - 33rd Annual Chalk Festival
Cleveland Museum of Art hosts 33rd Annual Chalk Festival
Sep 11, 2022 3News' Lindsay Buckingham visited the 33rd Annual Chalk Festival in Cleveland.
The 2022 Chalk Festival returns to the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) in September, this time over the course of two days!
The Chalk Festival, which started in 1990, returns to CMA on Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11. The event will take place from noon to 5 p.m. rain or shine.
Professional chalk artists will be on hand to dazzle with their talent as the walkways of CMA's south plaza through the Fine Arts Garden and the Wade Lagoon will be available for all to lay down their own artwork.
The Chalk Festival is free to all visitors who wish to observe the artists at work and listen to live music in the Fine Arts Garden. Squares and boxes of chalk will be available for purchase for $10 on either day of the event. No advanced reservations will be taken by the Museum.
Here is what the Cleveland Museum of Art says about the Chalk Festival:
"The Chalk Festival is a modern expression of a Renaissance tradition from 16th-century Italy in which beggars copied paintings of the Madonna by Raphael and his contemporaries using chalk on the plazas outside cathedrals. This year, Chalk Festival’s featured artists include Héctor Castellanos Lara, Wendy Mahon and Oliver C. St. Clair, and the community is invited to take part in a chalk-drawing masterpiece and make it come alive with color."
On Sunday morning it rained, so I was glad I took photos on Saturday. It was interesting to see how the first day's chalk drawings were still there, but the colors were muted by the rain. What was also even more interesting was seeing how many new, joyful, chalk drawings had been created since the morning rain. So many people come every year to this annual Cleveland Chalk Festival! I enjoyed seeing the contrast between the muted artwork and the new, bright artwork that made up the colorful collage on the stone pathways in front of the Cleveland Museum of Art.
I really appreciate how the following people shared on Twitter the chalk drawings that they enjoyed. I was able to attend in person this year, but for those that can't get to the museum, I think it is great to share with the world on Twitter.
Day 2 of CMA’s annual Chalk Festival 2022 has begun!— clevelandart (@ClevelandArt) September 11, 2022
Don’t forget to share your creations on Facebook & Instagram using the hashtag #CMAChalkfestival
FREE to attend or purchase squares for $10 each (includes box of chalk)
Learn more: https://t.co/POdQEjVSJ1 pic.twitter.com/0nC2wjSJFt
Wow, that guardian is really good.— Polly Karr (@karr_pe) September 11, 2022
This is truly beautiful!! Thanks for sharing with us Patty, it’s always good to witness beautiful Art— Graciele (@Graciele_Gra) September 12, 2022
I thought so too and ur welcome!— Patty Cake (@cupcake0804) September 12, 2022
Very nice art!!!!— Joy Shannon (@FilmmakerJoy) September 11, 2022
Isn’t it! I was so happy to visit today, hadn’t been in a few years.— Patty Cake (@cupcake0804) September 11, 2022
Wow!! Really beautiful!— Ava DuVernay fans (@avaduvernayfans) September 12, 2022
Love this :)— My Info (@juliagoodyke) September 11, 2022
Here are my 85 photos of chalk drawings I saw and photographed on day two. Incredible, new artworks created! In addition to retweeting your favorites, please look for and share by retweeting the special message about voting!! Thank you!
I am so glad I visited on Saturday since I was concerned about Sunday rain!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) September 11, 2022
Great to see new drawings created on Day Two of @ClevelandArt’s #CMAChalkFestival 2022! https://t.co/DvzgqcP5Wr
I enjoy the @ClevelandArt’s #CMAChalkFestival every year!!
https://t.co/K57uwJnGaU https://t.co/jdGgqfnZh4 pic.twitter.com/WiSm7oMkfP
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I really loved how this drawing used the shape of the sidewalk stone in capturing the beauty of the water fountain.
Here is an example of before-and-after-the-rain photos of the baker that I shared with @PokoTraveler. @PokoTraveler ended up coming on Monday to see the chalk drawings in person -- see his great video and photos below!!
Was the Day 1 art washed away by the rain?— Poko Traveler - Cleveland Live Walks (@PokoTraveler) September 12, 2022
We had an incredible afternoon, after a beautiful lunch in the atrium and a stop in the ArtLens Studio where a five year old became interested in Art without realizing it. You really are a jewel. #loveCLE pic.twitter.com/QztiPSOSpn— Junkosaur (@JunkosaurCLE) September 12, 2022
Sun, 09/11/2022 to Sun, 01/08/2023
This exhibition celebrates the extraordinary gift and promised gift of art made by Clevelanders Joseph P. and Nancy F. Keithley to the Cleveland Museum of Art. In March 2020, the Keithleys gave more than 100 works of art to the museum—the most significant gift since the bequest of Leonard C. Hanna Jr. in 1958.
The Keithleys’ collection focuses on Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and modern European and American paintings. . . .
On Friday, September 9, 2022, the day before the Chalk Festival, I was invited to the Media & Influencer Preview for the Impressionism to Modernism: The Keithley Collection exhibition that opened to the public on Sunday, September 11, 2022. As I was leaving the 2022 Chalk Festival, I saw that the banner by the back entrance had been updated to announce that the exhibition is now open.
I had brought my dad to the preview, and we were amazed by the collection -- it includes a lot of the type of art I enjoy. I plan to return to see The Keithley Collection exhibition again -- hopefully more than once.
If you are interested in seeing some of the exhibition, please open the second tweet that follows (or click here to open preview tweets in a new window). I will tell you that my photos don't do the artwork justice -- you really need to go in person to see for yourself.
The banner on the @ClevelandArt building has been updated to announce that “Impressionism to Modernism: The #KeithleyCollection” is now open!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) September 11, 2022
Sun, 9/11/2022 to Sun, 1/08/2023
I was fortunate to attend the preview and highly recommended this exhibition!https://t.co/xdBxqAUpJc https://t.co/swBYwa8IlD pic.twitter.com/5AdMrEcHTY
Click on the following tweet to see my photos from the preview:
So glad I brought my dad to see this incredible exhibition. I definitely will need to come back more than once to see all this #artwork.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) September 9, 2022
Preview of @ClevelandArt’s “Impressionism to Modernism: The #KeithleyCollection” https://t.co/xdBxqAUpJc pic.twitter.com/jjKCH14SeN
More Photos and Video from 33rd Annual Chalk Festival
Great video by City Dogs Cleveland @CityDogsCLE of the creation of the portrait of adoptable Jarvis!
If you attended the Chalk Fest at @ClevelandArt you might have seen this adorable portrait of adoptable #CITYDOG Jarvis! Shout-out to volunteer Jen for her artistic skills and creative advocacy for her lil’bud!— City Dogs Cleveland (@CityDogsCLE) September 12, 2022
Learn more about adoptable Jarvis: https://t.co/Aad3p3ei8h pic.twitter.com/c3Fr7OQhzQ
@CityDogsCLE, I love your time-lapse video of "Adoptable Jarvis" chalk #artwork from @ClevelandArt’s #CMAChalkFestival!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) September 23, 2022
"Jarvis is best described as the awkward guy at the party who wants to make friends with everyone but he's not quite sure how." https://t.co/HweOEhdvB6 https://t.co/0208kvwdYi
Photos From the Cleveland Museum of Art's 2022 Chalk Festival
By Emanuel Wallace
CMA's annual Chalk Festival is a popular late summer event that draws (no pun intended) hundreds of artists to the Museum grounds near Wade Lagoon to create chalk masterpieces. Here's what we saw.
If you do a search for "@MannyWallace" in my past blog posts, you will see many results, since I often enjoy his work. Be sure to follow Cleveland Scene photographer Emanuel Wallace on Twitter at @MannyWallace to see his photos about what is happening in Cleveland -- he is the man in the know for Cleveland fun.
Emanuel Wallace shares all his photos from the 2022 Chalk Festival in his online Cleveland Scene slideshow:
- Photos From the Cleveland Museum of Art's 2022 Chalk Festival
September 11, 2022, By Emanuel Wallace
Photos: All the fun and creativity we caught at the Cleveland Museum of Art's Chalk Festival https://t.co/RgZivAg5KX— Cleveland Scene (@ClevelandScene) September 12, 2022
That's pretty cool. https://t.co/y5MshUpwzA— amc (@SoulAfrodisiac) September 11, 2022
This is cool! https://t.co/C7XRrZrCLL— Put-in-Bay Daily (@pibdaily) September 12, 2022
I love exploring the many things to see in Cleveland, Ohio and Salt Lake City, Utah, but there are also many unique sights I share from my travels to cities across the United States. Most of my videos have a walking tour vibe to them, as I narrate what I'm seeing. The name "Poko Traveler" stems from a portion of my name and my hobby for traveling.
Thank you, @PokoTraveler, for the great photos you shared on Twitter and your video from Monday, September 12, 2022, with the results of the Chalk Festival. I am glad you learned about the 2022 Chalk Festival from my tweets, and mentioned in your video that you hope to participate next year with your own chalk drawing.
See his video and tweets -- be sure to share those you enjoy by reweeting:
Cleveland Museum of Art's 2022 Chalk Festival
Sep 12, 2022 The 2022 Cleveland Museum of Art's Chalk Festival took place on September 10-11, 2022. I visited the following morning, September 12, 2022, to see all of the creative works of art made from chalk. Unfortunately, it rained Saturday night, which washed away half of the weekend's vibrant colors, but we still enjoyed the peaceful walk.
Stuart Smith on Twitter has vibrant pictures from both Day 1 and Day 2, before the rain:
Day 1: https://twitter.com/sos_jr/status/1568733559208218632
Day 2: https://twitter.com/sos_jr/status/1569083595981209602
Thank you, @PokoTraveler, for both the excellent @ClevelandArt's #CMAChalkFestival photos you shared on Twitter & your "#Cleveland #Museum of #Art's 2022 #ChalkFestival" video! https://t.co/Jn8xp6XvhU— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) September 20, 2022
I enjoyed your video!
Nice comment about "bonus points for creativity" https://t.co/WXXdFb1KkU pic.twitter.com/Sta24OngKy
Thanks also @PokoTraveler for mentioning in your video that you learned about the #CMAChalkFestival from my tweets & linking to my photos. https://t.co/Jn8xp6XvhUhttps://t.co/XsXcebmZtK— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) September 20, 2022
I write a blog post every year about this @ClevelandArt event: https://t.co/K57uwJn8lm pic.twitter.com/USdL8PG31P
The @ClevelandArt Museum's 2022 Chalk Festival (#CMAChalkFestival) took place this past weekend. We did a video early this morning, observing all of the wonderful artwork. Watch now : https://t.co/Ve8r2miRdp pic.twitter.com/INGcCZd9Af— Poko Traveler - Cleveland Live Walks (@PokoTraveler) September 13, 2022
The first one here gets bonus points for creativity. They used a busted up sidewalk panel to make it look like rocks by the water, with a sunset highlighting them. #CMAChalkFestival pic.twitter.com/FixfHyy19I— Poko Traveler - Cleveland Live Walks (@PokoTraveler) September 13, 2022
Thank you! I love seeing this type of creativity. That's why I'm excited for Halloween coming up too; to find and feature some creative displays. https://t.co/qvxaFlGhDq— Poko Traveler - Cleveland Live Walks (@PokoTraveler) September 20, 2022
I follow 5,000+ interesting people and organizations, so Twitter now prevents me from following more. When I first saw the great photos that @PokoTraveler was sharing, and that he had followed me on Twitter, I was not able to follow back. Luckily, I recently gained some more followers, so the "Twitter police" let me follow @PokoTraveler on September 21, 2022. It is my understanding that I still need more people/organizations to follow me so that I can continue to follow more interesting Twitter accounts.
You are most welcome, @PokoTraveler. Yes, I agree — I really love the creativity shared by the participants of the @ClevelandArt Chalk Festival https://t.co/K57uwJnGaU— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) September 21, 2022
Luckily, after some delay, @Twitter @TwitterSupport let me follow you back so I now will see what you feature https://t.co/8rhSOZq4dF pic.twitter.com/AZ19FXJyVG
Sorry to the recent people who followed me on @Twitter — @TwitterSupport will not let me follow you backhttps://t.co/cw27JGIkpH— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) September 11, 2022
I also met new people & learned of interesting new organizations that @TwitterSupport will not let me follow
I follow interesting people & want more https://t.co/cawoLMuqtq pic.twitter.com/i8KYIfF9VP
Related Blog Posts
For this my eleventh Cleveland Chalk Festival blog post, I want to thank all the creative people who participated in the weekend event, and also thank those that shared what they see on Twitter for the whole Twitterverse to see. The chalk art created at the Cleveland Museum of Art's Chalk Festival every year is outstanding!
Please take some time to see artwork from the past ten shows by reading my blog posts:
Blog Date: September 18, 2021 - Enjoying Remotely in 2021: The 32nd Cleveland Museum of Art's Chalk Festival
Blog Date: September 15, 2020 - #CMAChalkFestival Social Distancing Style: Cleveland Museum of Art's Virtual Chalk Festival 2020
Blog Date: September 21, 2019 - 30th Year! Cleveland Museum of Art's Chalk Festival 2019
Blog Date: September 25, 2018 - 2018 Photos: Cleveland Museum of Art's 29th Annual Chalk Festival
Blog Date: September 26, 2017 - Cleveland Museum of Art Chalk Festival 2017
Blog Date: October 3, 2016 - A Weekend of Community Art, Including the 2016 Cleveland Museum of Art Chalk Festival
Blog Date: October 19, 2015 - Cleveland Museum of Art Chalk Festival 2015 - A Day of Art & Sharing
Blog Date: September 16, 2014 - Chalk Festival 2014 - Cleveland Museum of Art
Blog Date: September 23, 2013 - 2013 Chalk Festival Photos
Blog Date: September 20, 2012 - Cleveland Chalk Festival
At last count, there are 82 other blog posts tagged "Art!"
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