Make your mark in chalk.
Chalk Art Saturdays was a city-wide public art initiative in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, inspired by Chalk Art Saturdays in Salem MA. The kick-off for the 6-week program was on June 13, 2020 amid weeks of demonstrations for Black Lives Matters. In support of these demonstrations, our first Art Prompt was “Imagine Racial Justice.”
Our Art Prompts (Joy to All Generations, Imagine a Better Normal, Embrace New Rituals) aim to bring out some of our private thoughts and feelings about the COVID-19 pandemic into public space where we can process together through the lens of art.
Community members across the city of Chelsea were invited to make chalk art in public spaces safely near their home. A calendar of Art Prompts provided a different theme each weekend. To provide inspiration and a showpiece, local artists created a larger Chalk Art Mural in a prominent location each Saturday morning. Stipends supported the participating artists and we distributed over 300 chalk sets to residents to participate at home.
The program was coordinated by Clauda Paraschiv of Studioful Design.
Photography by Katy Rogers
To complement the chalk art drawings created by the Chelsea community, several local artists have been given stipends to create public chalk drawings.