Make your mark in chalk.
Chalk Art Saturdays began as a city-wide public art initiative in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, inspired by Chalk Art Saturdays in Salem MA.
In 2020, the 6-week program brought together local artists and residents. Using art prompts, it was a means to bring out some of our private thoughts and feelings about the COVID-19 pandemic into public space where we could process together through the lens of art. Individual artists were matched with prominent locations to execute their designs and provide an inspiration showpiece, while community members were invited to make chalk art in public spaces safely near their home.
The project returned for the summer of 2021. Across three Saturdays local artists created chalk murals with the public is invited to join, view the process, and make their own chalk art alongside the artists, in adjacent spaces. Our aim was to spark collective art-making at both visible and hidden gem locations, and to Cross Pollinate across communities as we come back together after a year spent apart. Our theme of Cross Pollination dovetailed with the designs within the roadway murals in the downtown underway on Division Street and in Chelsea Square this year.
assisted by Oscar, Tara Rodriguez and Iliana Vadim
The program was coordinated by Clauda Paraschiv of Studioful Design.
Photography by Katy Rogers and Matt Frank.
Claudia Paraschiv, email@example.com
Pollinators are nature’s essential workers. How can we celebrate pollinators?
438 Broadway, Grove Street side
Chelsea Public Library Steps
ROCA, Pearl Street side
Trees bear fruit born from their environment. What will you harvest from the experiences of 2020 and 2021?
468 Broadway, Fifth Street side
194 Broadway, Second Street side
Staircase, Broadway at Crest Ave
This last year was historic and challenging and has allowed us to reflect and grow. Who are you now, after 2020?
Broadway Glen Apartments
Staircase, Marlborough at Highland St
To complement the chalk art drawings created by the Chelsea community, several local artists have been given stipends to create public chalk drawings.
Max Pro was born and raised in Chelsea, and even though at points life took him to other places - he knew that he belonged here. His family has strong roots in Chelsea, with his grandparents migrating here from Cuba. To Max, family is everything and he spends all of his time with his siblings, wife and daughters.
His love for comic books and time travel fuel his creativity, which feeds into everything he does. He owns a custom clothing design business called All Planets that represents suicide awareness and mental health.
He is avidly involved in his community and often finds himself wishing there was more time in the day but always remains thankful for everyone's support, kind words, and good energy - without it he wouldn't be anywhere near where he is today.
“Whatever I do, art shows up in the mix.” Marianne has lived, worked, and volunteered in Chelsea since 1983. With many college credits, but no degree, Marianne is a self-taught artist best known for her micro-mosaic collages, shell-o-visions, and Pandemic Postcards. Her work has been seen at local galleries.
Originally from Boston, Amber Torres is an Illustrator who is passionate about increasing access to the arts for socio-economically disadvantaged communities. Amber is a mover and a shaker who pulls from both her grassroots and institutional connections to curate, host, and facilitate arts programming for colleges, high schools and community centers in the Greater Boston Area. Amber is currently the Youth Programs Coordinator at the Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts in Jamaica Plain.
aliyah saldana and OSCAr figuero sierra
Aliyah Saldana-Oswald, a Chelsea native, is our youngest participating artist. Art provides her an emotional outlet and form of expression; it is very therapeutic for her. Aliyah’s medium is ink and markers, but she continues to expand.
Oscar Figueroa Sierra, a junior at Mass Art in illustration, does art for the sole purpose of becoming the best comic artist of my generation. Why does he want to become a comic book artist? “I want to be remembered and understood through my visual works- through the stories, the expressions, the panels, themes, and the world building that I'll tackle within my comics. All of which will give everyone access to my mind, my world, as well as my emotions.”
Nelson Saldana is an artist based in Chelsea, MA. Self-taught, Nelson mostly works in oil paint. Since he was a child, he sketched uncontrollably all the time. Nelson was born in the Bronx, NY, and moved to Chelsea when he was 12 years old. Enormous murals on building sides in N.Y. and the graffiti-filled walls all around him inspired Nelson growing up. Todd Mcfarlane who created Venom in Spider-Man, and later Spawn Comics also had a huge impact on him. Later in life his inspiration came from studying the old oil paint masters from the Renaissance era. Check out more of his art on Instagram.