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Chalk on the Walk - Information for Artists
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2018 Chalk on the Walk Artist FormArtists

Show Your Talent

Win Prizes!



Click Here to Open/Download Artist Applicaton

(you can fill out and return this form electronically if you wish)




Chalk on the Walk will be on Sunday, May 5th (rain date is Sunday, May 19). You may begin working at any time after 10:00 am. It is best to start by 11:00 am so you will have time to finish your work before the 3:00 pm judging. You should also leave some time to visit other events at the Harvard Square MayFair.


Cash prizes for First and two Second Places plus 2-4 Honorable Mentions will be awarded, plus five People's Choice Awards – awards to other artists who's drawings have received the most "votes" (tokens which the public purchase and get put in small buckets by each drawing). The prize pool this year is $1,250 in cash prizes plus gift certificates to local marchants for Honorable Mention winners.


Please come to the registration table at the corner of Church and Brattle Streets to get your square number/location and pick up your chalk. A wide variety of colored chalk is provided free, but you may bring your own solid water-soluble material if you choose. No liquids or sprays are allowed, however. Drawing is done directly on the asphalt – just like graffiti.


Let your imagination run wild. Reproduce a renaissance painting, or a family photograph, or create a fantasy landscape, or a cartoon, or portrait – whatever of drama and color and beauty and fun the artist and the sponsor want as their pictorial contribution to the Harvard Square MayFair.


Artist Information - contact Joe Kobialka at 617-974-5336 or ChalkOnTheWalk@gmail.com


Important Suggestions:

  • We encourage street painters to sign their work at the bottom of the drawing. To help us identify photos, please write your name next to the Square Number next to your drawing.
  • If you are reproducing an image originally created by another artist (living or deceased), it is important to credit the original artist and the title at the base of your drawing.
  • We expect the area to be crowded, so please try to keep your supplies and belongings to a minimum and well contained.
  • Please respect the street painters who are working near you. Please do not walk on their drawings or have open beverage containers, which could spill and damage a drawing.
  • If you need more chalk in particular colors, feel free to exchange colors with other street painters, as is the custom at the street painting festivals in Italy.
  • We will put a small yellow bucket by each drawing so the public can "vote" for their favorites. Money raised by selling vote tokens supports additional prize money.
  • Sorry, no dogs are allowed at Chalk on the Walk.
  • Artwork must be appropriate for public viewing. Only chalk/pastels in solid form may be used for street painting, no acrylic paints, liquid pastels, etc are acceptable. And no fixatives of any kind may be used on the chalk drawings.?
  • Chalk on the Walk is entitled to photograph and reproduce the street painting for purposes of historical record and future publicity.
  • Please - no boom-boxes allowed; please use portable head-sets to listen to music. 

Supplies you may want to bring

  • Whisk broom or brush for cleaning drawing surface
  • Chalkboard eraser for blending larger areas of color - an excellent tool for laying a basic undercoat of color covering your square onto which other colors may be applied. Also for blending, a plastic sheet, felt, and short cut brushes.
  • Masking tape for creating sharp borders, edges or geometry
  • A portable dust-buster is handy to remove excess chalk dust. Because it is not healthy to breathe in chalk dust, please do not blow or fan the chalk dust into the air.
  • Disposable latex gloves are excellent for blending colors with fingers and for protection. We'll supply some, but you may want your own.
  • A 2-by-2 piece of cardboard allows one to sit or stand on the drawing without disturbing the work.
  • A towel or paper towels for wiping up. We'll have some wipes, but again, you may want your own.
  • If showers are threatened, you may want to bring a plastic drop cloth to cover your work temporarily.
  • If the weather is warm, bring a hat or visor and sunscreen for protections from the sun, and a capped container with drinking water.



Parking is always difficult in Cambridge, and particularly for the Harvard Square MayFair. It is recommended to take the MBTA to the Harvard Square stop and walk to Church Street.


Chalk on the Walk - Sunday, May 5, 2019 on Church Street between Mass. Ave. and Brattle Street. Sponsored by The Cambridge Rotary Educational Fund, Inc.