Artpace is a contemporary art space located in downtown San Antonio that supports the arts through residencies, exhibitions and education programs. On Saturday October 10, 2015 Artpace will holds its 12th annual Artpace Chalk It Up on downtown’s Houston Street from 10a.m. to 4p.m. This is a free contemporary art festival that turns Houston Street into an art canvas while showcasing art, raising money for art education and promoting downtown as a thriving art and culture scene.
Houston Street will be closed during this time to encourage participants to become artists for the day. There will be a freestyle area for the general public as well as food trucks, live music, a photo booth, performances and competitions. The “Make Zone” will have hands-on education activities for children that combine art with science, technology, engineering and math. Team Works artists composed of teams from local schools, universities and nonprofits will be creating original chalk murals and Mayor Ivy Taylor will be announcing the winners.
Artpace members get extra perks including a free pack of chalk, complimentary lunch by Johnny Hernandez’ True Flavors and a Members Only reception at the Majestic Theatre. Local artists will also be in attendance to create chalk murals. The Guerrilla Haiku Movement will be encouraging participants to create chalk haikus and the San Antonio Museum of Art will create a public chalk mural.
Artpace Chalk It Up is hoping to raise funds through sponsorships that will benefit art education programs. These programs help more than 8,000 students from schools without art programs or teachers. Artpace Chalk It up and Artpace Education is hoping to cultivate an appreciation for the arts in the next generation of San Antonio residents that will benefit the city and the art scene.
Source: Kayla Williams