#CHALKARTSATURDAYS

Make your mark in chalk.

Project Description

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 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

Contact

Claudia Paraschiv, claudia@studiofuldesign.com 

CHALK Artists

To complement the chalk art drawings created by the Chelsea community, several local artists have been given stipends to create public chalk drawings. 

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Max pro

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. 

Check out his work: all-planets.site and @all_planets on Instragram

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MELISSA GALLEGo

Melissa Gallego is a 15 year old student at Malden Catholic and Chelsea resident. Her whole life she has drawn and painted with inspiration from her father. She finds painting relaxing, but drawing with pencil is her favorite way of making art.

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Nelson Saldana

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.

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Sinai Galicia

Sinai Galicia is a sophomore from Chelsea High School. His major career focus is to be an architect and a interior designer. As a community member of Chelsea, Sinai has participated in art events throughout the city and looks forward to continuing community art work.

 

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