FARGO — Let’s chalk one up for another year of The Arts Partnership’s ChalkFest event, the region’s largest free public artmaking celebration that has spurred similar organizations to form similar events.
Sponsored by 702 Communications and hosted at The Red River Zoo in Fargo, ChalkFest was founded by TAP in 2013 in an effort to bring a fun, free, all ages and abilities public art experience to the community.
The inaugural event brought more than 5,000 attendees out to sketch and celebrate local art. Since then, ChalkFest has continued to draw big crowds each year we’ve hosted it. In addition, many other organizations and companies across the region have adopted their own versions of chalk fests themselves because of how simple and fun the events can be.
“We’re proud that ChalkFest has inspired other organizations to host their own chalk events because it’s so accessible and easy to put together,” said President and CEO Dayna Del Val. “And of course, we’re so thankful to be able to hold our own ChalkFest at the Red River Zoo where people can create art among the animals.”
Del Val also said she’s thankful for the longtime support of 702 Communications, which sponsors the event. “We couldn’t do this without the support of 702 Communications and are truly grateful for the commitment to supporting local art,” she said.
Playing with chalk isn’t the only activity available during the event, either. Featured artists will be creating art live and attendees are encouraged to watch their creations come together throughout the course of the day.
TAP artist partner and popular area performing artist, Mark Elton is “an artist who works in many forms of media, but tends to express his creative impulses in illustration, cryptography, & multimedia games,” according to his Facebook page.
Emily Brooks is a TAP artist partner, prolific fiber artist and owner of Taea Made. Brooks also specializes in large-scale mural painting and creative machine embroidery.
Instead of singing the Covid “stay-at-home blues,” local singer-songwriter Dan Christianson got busy. He honed his recording and engineering chops while updating his home studio. The result is a new EP titled “Sunday,” an endearing collection of acoustic pop songs written from the perspective of a new dad.
Born in Chicago into a family of singers and musicians, Kwaician Traylor began performing in local churches at age 7. He has released independent EPs and an album and performs regularly in the Metro area and beyond. He divides his time between Fargo and Chicago. Traylor will perform original work and covers. Learn more about Traylor at www.kwaician.com.
The JT Kennelly Band will also perform country/folk/bluegrass music. Listen to their music on the band’s Facebook page.
Please know that we understand that the news about the Delta variant may give attendees pause about being in a public space - even an outdoor venue. TAP will be following the zoo’s social distancing guidelines, encouraging mask wearing and keeping a flow of one-way traffic throughout the Red River Zoo. With 32 acres of open air, the Zoo provides ample - and safe - space for all of us to enjoy the event.
We hope to see you there!
Three reasons to attend ChalkFest 2021
- ChalkFest celebrates the capacity for every human being to create.
We at The Arts Partnership know that every person is creative; they just express that creativity in unique ways. It’s what makes art so interesting!
- Chalk is an approachable artistic medium
“Many of us have childhood memories of drawing with chalk on the driveway on hot summer days,” former TAP communications coordinator Chelsey Ewen wrote in a 2018 blog. “Because it’s eventually washed away by the rain, there’s no pressure to make a ‘perfect’ drawing with sidewalk chalk, and there’s no need to take years of classes in order to learn how to use it. All you need to do is pick out your favorite color and simply start drawing.”
- ChalkFest incorporates more than just visual art
Chalk is a very visual medium, but because TAP celebrates all forms of art, we are pleased to bring live music and featured artists to the event.
IF YOU GO
What: ChalkFest 2021
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25
Where: Red River Zoo, Fargo
Info: The event is free and open to people of all ages and abilities. Attendees get free admission to the zoo as well. Visit https://theartspartnership.net/chalkfest/ for more information.
This article is part of a content partnership with The Arts Partnership, a nonprofit organization cultivating the arts in Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo. For more information, visit http://theartspartnership.net.