The sidewalks of UW-Eau Claire's campus mall will become the canvas for more than 100 artists during Chalkfest 2015, a free community event that will run from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15.
For the first time, UW-Eau Claire is partnering with Volume One to present Chalkfest, which has been held in Eau Claire's Wilson Park in previous years. The new event location will mean easier parking, more space for artists and onlookers, and the ability to offer additional activities and vendors during the event.
"We're thrilled to work with Volume One to bring this event to the UW-Eau Claire campus," said Kristin Schumacher, UW-Eau Claire assistant director for Activities, Involvement and Leadership. "We look forward to welcoming artists and community members for this new edition of an event that has grown in popularity each year since Volume One held the inaugural Chalkfest in 2008."
The general public is invited to watch Chalkfest participants create their chalk art masterpieces throughout the day. Artists will compete for prizes in several categories: Overall Audience Choice, Individual, Group, Youth Individual and Youth Group.
Free parking will be available in the university's Hibbard Parking Lot at the corner of State Street and Garfield Avenue.
The event will include local food and art vendors, a DJ, chalk-related games (including Pictionary tournaments and artist duels), and a chalking area where kids can get creative. Eau Claire bands Honeytree and Pit Wagon will perform live music in the outdoor amphitheater next to Little Niagara Creek.
Throughout the day, spectators can take in the entire event scene from the vantage point of Blu's Birdseye Viewing Deck in Centennial Hall's third-floor atrium overlooking the campus mall.
On Sunday, Aug. 16 (weather permitting), though no organized activities are planned, community members are welcome to stroll the campus to view the art created during Chalkfest 2015. Parking will again be available in the university's Hibbard Parking Lot.