FARGO — The Downtown Community partnership is inviting people to get down and dirty Thursday, Sept. 10, for Walk & Chalk.

The event features three designated stops where people can pick up a piece of chalk and draw on the sidewalk.

“We want people to leave their mark on downtown,” says Lora Larson, development coordinator at the DCP. “We want families to explore all Downtown Fargo has to offer.”

The goal of the colorful event is to celebrate the community’s aesthetic sense.

“Fargo is full of art and a lot of it is concentrated in downtown,” Larson says.

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To that point, the Plains Art Museum is one of the spots offering pavement up as a canvas.

Larson urges visitors to check out the current exhibits inside, including works by Picasso and Renoir, then come outside to make their own masterpieces. Admission is free and the museum is open until 9 p.m. Guests are required to wear a mask inside the Plains.

Visitors can capture the fun with a family portrait at the photo booth outside the Plains.

Keep the party moving at another stop on Second Avenue North, between Broadway and Roberts Alley. Space will be open for more chalk drawing, and Fargo Walking Tours will showcase more downtown art.

Downtown Community Partnership invites people to draw on sidewalks this Thursday for Walk & Chalk. Forum file photo
Downtown Community Partnership invites people to draw on sidewalks this Thursday for Walk & Chalk. Forum file photo

Civic Plaza, between the Fargo Civic Center and the Fargo Public Library, is the third space, where people can create their own art in the shadow of Luis Jiménez’ sculpture, “Sodbuster.”

Each of the sites has enough room for artists to practice social distancing while drawing.

The event is free and guest artists can pick up new pieces of chalk at each location. Chalk left behind will be disposed.

“We bought a lot of chalk, so people can take it with them,” Larson says.

Participants are encouraged to take a picture of their art and tag @Downtown_Fargo (on Instagram) or @DowntownFargo (on Facebook) for a chance to be entered into a $50 Downtown Fargo Gift Card drawing.

If you go

What: Walk & Chalk

When: 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10

Where: Downtown Fargo

Info: For more details and a map, visit www.facebook.com/events/3323592207724965/