Join Us on November 21-24, 2013

Chalk Art comes to Key West, at the Truman Waterfront.
FREE & Open to the Public
10am-6pm Key West Art in Public Places Board (AIPP)

APPLICATION (copy/paste and save/email to

Call to Artists
Inaugural Event - Nov. 21, 22, 23, 24, 2013
Truman Waterfront, Key West, Florida
Theme: Island of the Arts
Name(s): __________________________________________________________________
Address: __________________________________________________________________
City: _________________________________________ State: ______ Zip:
Telephone: _________________________________ E-Mail Address: _________________________________
Attach: UP TO 3 jpgs- of your work along with a website address, if available
Attach: Brief description of the image to be drawn and include sketch with application.
Attach: Artist statement (one paragraph)
Rules and Information
1. Please supply (a) up to 3 jpgs examples of relevant work, (b) this completed Application, and (c) a brief description of the image you will be drawing at the festival (see Item 3 below). Applications are due on or before November 15th, 2013.
*PROFESSIONAL CHALK ARTIST*. No Entry Fee *Must be a member of the Florida and/or Central Florida Chalk Artists Associations, or, have entered and exhibited at a previous Chalk Art Festival in the US or internationally.
Application fee: Adult category $0 - High School students (Grades 9-12) $0.
That’s right. Zero $. The AIPP Board is underwriting the application fees this year. Mail completed application, all attachments to: AIPP, City Hall of Key West, P.O. Box 1401, Key West, FL 33041. OR: Email to You will receive notice of your acceptance into the festival shortly after receipt of your application. Please indicate best way to contact you: e-mail or telephone.
2. Artists will be provided with chalk and a 10' x 10' concrete working surface. Chalk and pastels are the only medium allowed for the festival. Artists may supply their own chalk. Concrete squares are limited. Please apply as soon as possible.
3. All artists must state the specific image to be drawn prior to confirmation of participation in the Festival and provide a sketch. Festival organizers reserve the right to deem submitted subject matter inappropriate. Political, commercial advertisements, or inflammatory statements are not allowed. A brief description of the image to be drawn at the festival and a sketch must be provided with the Application.
4. Artist registration on the first day of the Festival (Thursday, Nov. 21st) will be held between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm at Truman Waterfront at the Chalk Fest artist registration table.
Artists may work on creating their chalk images until 6:00 pm on Thursday & Friday and until 2 pm on Saturday.
Judging begins at 2:30 pm on Saturday
Awards will be presented by the Panel of judges no later than 9pm on November 23, 2013 at place TBA.
Public Viewing will continue through November 24, Sunday.
Adult Category: 1st Place-$300, 2nd Place-$200, 3rd Place-$100
Youth Category: 1st Place-$100, 2nd Place-$50, 3rd Place-$25
The decisions of the judges are final and binding. AIPP reserves the right to not award the grand prize if an insufficient number of eligible entries are received.
GENERAL RELEASE AND ACKNOWLEDGMENT: I hereby and forever discharge, release and hold harmless the Key West Chalk Fest, AIPP and its sponsors from any injury, loss or damage to my person or property while participating in the Chalk Fest. I hereby consent to the enforcement of the rules and instructions above. I acknowledge and agree that the Key West Chalk Fest and AIPP may use any photos or reproduction of art that I create at the event for any purpose. By signing below, I certify that I have read and accept the terms and conditions set out above
Signature: Date: _________________
Parent/Guardian Signature
For Artist Under Age 18: ____________________________
Date: ________________

For questions: contact Chalk Fest coordinator Michael Shields, Chair, AIPP at
- 305-394-3804.
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Here's the Application for the KW CHALKFEST.
(link on the City page for AIPP)



Recent history of Chalk Art Fests

The first recorded street-painting competition and 'festival' was held in London in 1906.

In 1972 the first 'Italian' International Street Painting Competition was held in Grazie di Curtatone, Italy. It is part of a two-week festival celebrating the Assumption with the streets of the city being turned over to the festival.

In 1987, Kurt Wenner and Manfred Stader introduced street painting to Old Mission Santa Barbara, California.

One of the largest events in the United States is the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival, held in Lake Worth Florida. Started in 1994, it attracts 100,000 visitors over the weekend to see 250 works of art by over 400 artists.

Started in 2002, The Denver Chalk Art Festival on Larimer Square, located in Downtown Denver, is a free two-day street-painting festival. More than 200 artists spend hours during the weekend turning the streets of Larimer Square, into a museum of chalk art. The Festival is produced by the Larimer Arts Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting arts awareness and education in Denver.

In 2008 Mark Wagner and 6,000 people (over 4,000 elementary school kids from Alameda CA) set a Guinness World Record for the World's largest Pavement Art covering over 90,000 sq. ft.

In 2010, the First International Street Painting Festival held in the United States was organized by Denise Kowal, president of the Avenida de Colores, Inc. 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that produces the Sarasota Chalk Festival. More than 250 street painters attended the Halloween-themed festival of 2010 that featured street painters from around the world and ran for eight and a half days.

At Sarasota's 2011 chalk festival Dutch artist Leon Keer and the team of Planet Streetpainting created the 3-D street painting of the Lego Terracotta Army.[The chalk painting was inspired by Chinese Emperor Qin Shi Huang's Terracotta Army "in honor of the arrival of Ego Leonard and to support his release out of his custody.

In July 2011, the 3-Way-Split Project produced the First Annual in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, United Kingdom. The city of Lake Worth Florida is cited as the source of inspiration, by the project director. Nine street artists from the USA came to Southend-on-Sea to support the launch of this new annual event.

In 2011 the First International StreetArt was staged in Wilhelmshaven in Germany.

In August 2012 the Second International StreetArt was staged in Wilhelmshaven in Germany. 37 artists from all over the world traveled to Wilhelmshaven in Germany. Also the largest anamorphic pavement art 3-D streetpainting picture was build by: Gregor Wosik, Lydia Hitzfeld, Melanie Siegel, und Vanessa Hitzfeld.

In 2012, A company called We Talk Chalk introduced the art of 3-D street painting to countries such as Israel and Thailand. The city of Chiang Mai hosted their first street painting festival in March of 2012. To celebrate the nineth anniversary of Tel Aviv suburb Ramat Hasharon, Israeli and foreign artists from We Talk Chalk used 3-D chalk drawings to transform Bialik Street into an urban art compound. The festival had up as many as 50,000 visitors.
View the events that are planned for the future on our "Island of the Arts"