Chalk on the Walk Overview


Chalk on the Walk is held each year on the first Sunday in May on Church Street in Harvard Square.  A crowd that reaches 100,000 people sees our artists' beautiful drawings come to life.


Click the links on the left for sponsor and artist information and to see the fabulous drawings from past years.


What is Chalk on the Walk?

Chalk on the Walk is the annual spring fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Cambridge. 

The proceeds help the Club support college scholarships, local literacy and education programs and many Cambridge service organizations and projects throughout the year.

It is the Cambridge version of an Italian Street Painting Festival and is one of the many interesting activities

that make up the  Harvard Square MayFair celebration each May. The artwork is judged and prizes are awarded at 3:30 pm. Last year, our artists received over $1,750 in prize money and gift certificates.


Chalk Video – Here's a short prize winning video produced by Maria Burns Ortiz for Cambridge Community

Television a few years ago. Enjoy the artists and their work.


How is the money raised?

Local businesses and generous individuals buy "squares." Each square is assigned to an artist.  The sponsor's name appear on signs at each square.


How will Cambridge Rotary spend the money it raises at Chalk on the Walk?

The money we raise from Chalk on the Walk is the primary source of funding for our charitable works. The Club

grants scholarships to graduating high school students and makes donations to Cambridge charities that deal with problems ranging from mental health and homelessness to teen drug abuse and literacy. Ever mindful of Rotary's place in the world, the Club is always ready to lend support to emergency relief efforts when needs arise. 


I want to participate as a Sponsor or an Artist.  How do I find out more?

Sponsors should go to the Sponsor Information Page.


Artists should visit the Artist Information Page.



Cambridge Rotary is greatly appreciative of the support of our sponsors:


2018 Major Sponsors

   Cambridge Savings Bank   

  Cambridge Trust Company

East Cambridge Savings Bank

Leader Bank
2018 Sponsors
Advance Tire HUB International New England
Andrea A. Hickey, Attorney at Law Joe Kobialka, Realtor
Bruce & Sally Arnold In Loving Memory of Mary Louise Wright
Art New England In Memory of Bob & Jocelyn Slate
Berkshire Bank IRB Real Estate
Bob Slate Stationer Joe Kobialka, Realton
Boston Prolotherapy Johnny Appleseed
Cambridge Chamber of Commerce KTS Financial Group
Cambridge Community Foundation     Lapierre Homestay
Cambridge Innovation Center Leavitt & Peirce
Cambridge Landscape Co. Massachusetts institute of Technology
Central Property Managment LLC Nurse-Candon-Allen Family
The Charles Hotel O'Brien Family
The COOP Pendar Technologies
Dickson Bros. True Value RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate
Eastern Bank Rogers Funeral Home, Cambridge
Employer Advantage Group Rogers & Hutchins Funeral Home, Arlington
Eversource Energy

Sheraton Commander Hotel

Grafton Street Trinity Property Management
Harvard University University Stationery
HMGH Architects, Inc. Westport Consulting Group
Friends & Family of Marc Hofner  Windsor House Adult Day Program


With additional support from:

James & Melissa Allen, Armando's Pizza, Bertucci's, Bonapita, Dan & Joanne Cohn,

Deluxe Town Diner, Dunkin' Donuts, David & Suzanne Larsen, Legal Seafoods,

Yolanda Li, The Maharaja Restaurant, Menotomy Grill & Tavern, Ian Nurse,

O'Neill Family, Summer Shack, Winick & Sullivan LLP


Want to find out more?


Look at our Frequently Ask Questions (FAQ). Take a look at the Chalk on the Walk Photo pages.

If you still have a question e-mail and we will get back to you.


You can also take a look at the MayFair page at Harvard Square Business Association Web site