GPAC’s Chalk the Walk coming Saturday to Greenway Park; event kicks off at 10

By SARALYN NORKUS saralyn.norkus@clevelandbanner.com
Posted 4/20/17

Back for its fifth year, Chalk the Walk is set for another art-filled Saturday.

For 2017, the Greenway Public Arts Committee has chosen the theme “Only in Cleveland.”

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GPAC’s Chalk the Walk coming Saturday to Greenway Park; event kicks off at 10

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STUDENTS in Brittany Ensminger’s fourth-grade class at Michigan Avenue Elementary School enjoyed working on chalk art with GPAC committee member Joe McCullough.
Contributed photo STUDENTS in Brittany Ensminger’s fourth-grade class at Michigan Avenue Elementary School enjoyed working on chalk art with GPAC committee member Joe McCullough.
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Back for its fifth year, Chalk the Walk is set for another art-filled Saturday.

For 2017, the Greenway Public Arts Committee has chosen the theme “Only in Cleveland.”

Beginning at 10 a.m., artists of all skill levels will take over a portion of the Greenway and Greenway Park off Raider Drive. Four hours later, awards will be given out in a number of categories.

“It’s that experience of people being able to come out and see art from artists of many different levels,” explained GPAC committee chair Tara Brown.

“We have people there that are extremely amateur to professional artists who show up with their tool kits, rulers and chalk and have it planned out in advance. People can come out and see artists at work and will enjoy seeing what it turns out to be.”

While they are hoping for good weather, Brown added that GPAC does have contingency plans in place if it were to rain on Saturday.

“We’re crossing our fingers for a good day. We do have rain dates set for a couple weeks out. This is our fifth year and we’ve been very fortunate up to this point,” she said.

The “Best of Show” award is broken up into six different categories: group award, school group K-5, school group grades 6-12, youth (11 and under), junior (12-17) and adult ages (18 and up). The school that has the most students participating will win the “School Participation” award.

Those keeping with the 2017 theme can be entered in the “Interpretive Theme” competition and there is also a “People’s Choice” award, which involves posting a picture of the finished artwork on Instagram with the tags #cbcchalkthewalk and #cbcgreenway. The photo that has the most likes wins.

All of the categories have $50 awards, except for group and school participation, which have $100 awards.

Brown added that in past years, there have been anywhere from 75 to 100 participants.

To participate in Chalk the Walk, you may preregister online or pay $10 for your 5-by-5-foot square of the Greenway on Saturday. Chalk is provided or you can bring your own.

Chalk the Walk helps GPAC raise money to add art installations along the Greenway. In 2016, the group was able to install “Infinite Angles,” “Only in Cleveland,” and “Out for a Stroll.”

“Our goal is to place a couple of new pieces of permanent art along the Greenway every year. The event itself meets our goal of actually bringing public art to the Greenway, even though it’s only temporary,” Brown said.

Keeping with tradition, a special 3D chalk art design will be on display for Chalk the Walk attendees.

There will be various vendors in Greenway Park providing food and goods, while live music can be enjoyed at the stage. In the morning, music will be performed by Suzuki Strings, Evan Scannapiego, the TCPS Choir and the Arnold Trash Can Band and Choir. From noon to 2 p.m., local band Tag You’re It will take the stage.

“We’re just trying to get people to come out and enjoy the day. It’s family friendly and actually free to just come out and watch,” Brown said.

GPAC committee member Joe McCullough has been visiting various elementary schools to help inspire and prepare the students for Saturday. McCullough will be at Taylor Elementary School on Thursday.

To pre-register for Chalk the Walk, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chalk-the-walk-2017-tickets-32330853453?aff=erelexpmlt. For more information on the event or to see photos from previous years, visit their Facebook page, which is under Greenway Public Arts Committee-GPAC.

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