Are You Headed to Artpace Chalk It Up This Weekend?


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Francisco Cortes
Each year, Artpace Chalk It Up transforms downtown Houston Street into a canvas for professional artists – and wannabe artists of all ages. Last year, a torrential rain fell for a solid HOUR before the start of the event – and more than 22,000 people still turned out to watch artists create beautiful chalk murals and get messy making their own creations.

This year, Artpace will do it again – rain or shine – on Saturday, October 10, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Houston Street, between Flores and Jefferson. Artpace Chalk It Up raises awareness and support for Artpace’s educational programs, which provide access to and cultivate a lifelong passion for contemporary art through a festival of art activities for the whole family.

This year’s showcase artists include Cruz Ortiz, Ethel Shipton and Nate Cassie, and with several artists, curated by Nina Hassele, will be featured. This year, the event will include new attractions, such as the Vacancy Via Artpace project at 150 E. Houston Street, with works by Artpace alumni artists, the Majestic Members’ Lounge, and food trucks along Main Avenue on Houston Street. Artpace Chalk It Up will bring back fan favorites such as Mobile Om, Guerrilla Haiku Movement, Make Zones for kids of all ages, and Team Works, which are students and teachers representing San Antonio schools and creating their own murals. Mayor Ivy Taylor will present awards to the best Team Works project.

This is a free event, and support from presenting sponsor Argo along with lead sponsors H-E-B, Valero Energy, the 80/20 Foundation and others help Artpace provide art education to more than 8,000 students in San Antonio. Artpace invites you to come to down, enjoy the day, and help support the event by making a donation or becoming a member to chill in the Members’ Lounge.

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