Chalk Walk celebrates 20 many years of bringing art to the community

Stella McDaniel
Image presented. Artists on the square circa 2004.

Darla Blazey laughed as she remembered the initial yr the Chalk Stroll took area in Downtown Jasper.

“It’s difficult to believe, but in the very first 12 months, we weren’t permitted to shut the streets off,” she explained.

So, as the 100 or so artists created their parts on the sidewalk about the square, cars and trucks were pulling up, and website visitors tight-lined concerning them to get to whatever downtown shop they wished to go to.

Blazey, who at this time serves as the city’s Director of Community Advancement/Preparing, was the Arts Director when the first Chalk Stroll was held in 2003. She brought the notion back to Jasper immediately after looking at a chalking celebration in Fort Wayne though she was attending a meeting there.

“They (Fort Wayne) had been carrying out it for numerous yrs,” she discussed. “They shut off the streets because the artists were being chalking on the street. And, they invited properly-acknowledged artists from all over the place with organizations sponsoring them.”

At the time, the Jasper Arts Fee was mainly contained within just the Jasper Arts Center, with the gallery and programming primarily happening out there subsequent to VUJ.

“We experienced our arts in education and learning programming that was going on in the educational institutions,” Blazey mentioned. “But, the mission was to get participation in the arts from each individual citizen. This was a way to provide the arts to the neighborhood.”

Finally, the streets were allowed to be shut as participation and extra features expanded the once-a-year function beyond artists, younger and old, decorating their chosen sq. on the Square. Food items, games and functions like the beloved tye-dying turned staples for the Saturday exciting.

However the arts fee did invite common nearby artists to the function particularly to make art, “our function turned into a household-targeted function,” Blazey defined. “Which, I consider, is wonderful.”

Irrespective of whether from the Chalk Walk’s impact more than the a long time or the very simple pleasure of developing artwork on a general public canvas, when the pandemic stopped people today from gathering, chalk artwork started to fill driveways, home windows and social media feeds.

The Chalk Walk turned a much more virtual function right before returning downtown in 2021.

The Chalk Stroll returned downtown in 2021 following 2020’s virtual party.

Then, with building beginning on the Downtown Revitalization, the Chalk Stroll was moved to the Thyen-Clark Cultural Middle in 2022. In its 20th year, the Chalk Walk will be held at the Thyen-Clark Cultural Middle yet again as the downtown function continues.

With the Cultural Middle starting to be a central feature in Jasper, present Arts Director Kyle Rupert sees a whole lot of rewards to holding the event there. Initial, it introduces residents and people to what the Cultural Heart presents.

“(Previous 12 months) definitely was an great showcase for what the facility is capable of,” Rupert mentioned.

Although the event was essentially sold out in regards to the baggage and t-shirts provided to the artists, Rupert pointed out that it hardly ever felt like items were overwhelmingly hectic even even though the event was nicely attended. “The location can accommodate a ton of people,” he commented, introducing that even though specific parts might have been really chaotic, like the balloon artist, people today still experienced a lot of place to transfer all-around and a great deal of points to do in the course of the occasion.

Because the weather is generally unpredictable at that time of calendar year, the Cultural Center also presents a reprieve from any probable rain and some interesting for any one sensation overcome by the early summer heat. Plus, several ADA-accessible restrooms that are not as quickly identified on the Square are available.

In regards to functionality, the arts middle workshops turned school rooms for different styles of crafts and portray built for all ages. All over again, showcasing what the heart provides for any one looking for to convey them selves by way of artwork.

And, it introduces readers to the 3 galleries featuring a frequent rotation of artwork from distinctive artists in different mediums from all over Dubois County and the area.

In a way, the Cultural Center could be a catalyst for even better participation in the Chalk Wander as properly as the arts in Jasper and Dubois County in general.

“I feel it (the Chalk Stroll) is important to the neighborhood I believe that along with all the other routines and events that materialize, it results in a vibrancy and vitality,” Rupert stated. “I suggest, it’s not going to be the significant, flashy, eye-catching detail like a Sara Evans or the approaching Michelangelo show. But, it’s just one of those gatherings that any individual inside the loved ones — you know, grandma, grandkids, aunts, uncles, whichever it may perhaps be — can get outside the house and appreciate the arts.”

“There’s no levels of competition, no regulations. You can just appear and build,” he additional.

Maybe which is why it’s develop into these types of a staple event in the group, attracting people today from all more than as nicely as bringing folks again household to participate.

“Yeah, I’m happy that it is lasted this extensive,” Blazey mentioned. “I constantly evaluate how very long it is been heading by how outdated my daughter is. She’s 21 now, but she grew up with the Chalk Walk. She was a infant and went down there. Even she could draw a minimal scribble on the sidewalk and be element of it.”

“The neat detail about it now is that because it is been likely 20 yrs, there are a large amount of children that remember constantly going to Chalk Walk every single yr, and now they are bringing their young children again to make a family members custom out of it,” Blazey included.

If you want your artwork showcased in the 20th Annual Chalk Wander, there is even now time to get a absolutely free t-shirt with early-bird registration just before the April 30 deadline. Sign up below.

Below are some additional file pictures from the Totally free Push.

Jasper Group Arts is soliciting apps for the Arts Market and for Local community Support organizations.  Purposes might be identified on line at

Jasper Local community Arts’ 20th annual Chalk Wander Arts Pageant will after again be held at the Thyen-Clark Cultural Centre (found at 100 3rd Ave. Jasper, IN 47546) on Saturday, Could 20th from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. In the party of inclement climate, several Chalk Wander routines will be offered inside the Thyen-Clark Cultural Heart on May perhaps 20th.  All artist booth space will be located inside the developing within the Atrium exactly where attendees will nevertheless be ready to shop for artistic products.

JCA is wanting for artists and craftsmen of all varieties together with home furnishings makers, painters, potters, photographers, weavers, sculptors, jewellery makers and additional. The charge for an indoor-only, temperature controlled booth place is $25.  Artists should source their own tables and chairs.  Anyone who is fascinated may possibly get in touch with JCA Visual Arts Coordinator, Emily Peak, at 812-482-3070. 

Jasper Community Arts also welcomes group support teams wishing to have a booth with an exercise or information and facts relevant to youngsters and people in attendance.  If the group is non-financial gain and is not advertising goods, the booth charge is waived. Normally, the fee for a booth room for groups not assembly the standards listed higher than is $25. Distributors need to also provide their personal tables and chairs. Group groups will also be indoors. Simply call Eric Herndon at 812-482-3070 for more facts.

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