Fine Arts Garden
Children and adults enjoy this annual event where community members join professional artists in using the walkways around the Fine Arts Garden as a colorful canvas. Begun in 1990, our festival is a modern expression of a Renaissance tradition from 16th-century Italy in which beggars copied paintings of the Madonna by Raphael and his contemporaries using chalk on the plazas outside cathedrals. Watching the chalk artists and enjoying the entertainment is free.
2021 Chalk Festival
September 11, 2021
12:00–5:00 p.m., rain or shine
Parking in the CMA garage: nonmembers $12; members $6.
Chalk Your Own Pictures
Square and 12-color box of chalk, $10 each
Drop-in registration. No reservations will be taken.
Featured Chalk Artists
Featured Music on the Lawn
Last week, I saw #CMAChalkFestival 2021 announcement while at @ClevelandArt for #StepInsideCMA "Private Lives" (which is now FREE!)https://t.co/P4tVkOo8yh— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) September 7, 2021
I highly recommend this #CLE #chalk #art event! https://t.co/DvzgqcOy6T
See my past years photos: https://t.co/K57uwJn8lm pic.twitter.com/XHVNZ5tvXc
"Annual Chalk Festival To Return to Cleveland Museum of Art in September"https://t.co/p5PYxeoKOL— clevelandart (@ClevelandArt) September 1, 2021
The Chalk Festival is always so beautiful and joyous!— Shannon Eichorn (@ShannonEichorn) September 7, 2021
. . . therefore, I was very disappointed that a spur-of-the-moment trip south to take care of some family business prevented me from attending on Saturday, September 11, 2021.
I asked people on the Cleveland Twitterverse to share on Twitter their photos from the 2021 Cleveland Chalk Festival, so that I could at least attend an online version of the Chalk Festival.
(Note: In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 31st Chalk Festival was a virtual event. Therefore, I knew that people are great at sharing if they are asked. See my blog post: #CMAChalkFestival Social Distancing Style: Cleveland Museum of Art's Virtual Chalk Festival 2020)
I normally go to @ClevelandArt #CMAChalkFestival every year! https://t.co/K57uwJn8lm I recommend it!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) September 11, 2021
Unfortunately, I had to take a spur-of-the-moment trip south to take care of some family businesshttps://t.co/93dix5ZxMC
Please go & share photos so I can see this yearâ€™s art! https://t.co/0STYeVyc4U pic.twitter.com/vmfZEHEhKU
See you TODAY 12-5 pm for CMA's annual Chalk FestivalðŸŒˆ— clevelandart (@ClevelandArt) September 11, 2021
Join professional artists in turning the Fine Arts Garden walkways into a colorful canvas while listening to live music.
FREE to attend or purchase squares for $10 each (includes box of chalk).https://t.co/majkztsI8U pic.twitter.com/75wsUm8SjP
I was rewarded greatly by the Cleveland Twitterverse with the following photos shared online:
I highly recommend going to the Cleveland museum of artâ€™s chalk festival for all ages!! @artwithmrsball and I had THE BEST day!! #artteacher #artteachers @ClevelandArt #chalkfestival pic.twitter.com/CE94jjMlaG— Mrs. Crayon (@Dana_Castrigano) September 11, 2021
Cleveland Museum of Art hosts 32nd annual Chalk Festival https://t.co/cHugxzqFpv— News 5 Cleveland (@WEWS) September 11, 2021
Another #cmachalkfestival for us. Eventually they will stop wanting to go. Iâ€™m so glad it wasnâ€™t today. #eatplaylivecle #clevelandmuseumofart #chalkart #tabbycat #clevelandgram #inthecle (at The Cleveland Museum of Art)... https://t.co/4Qd7WWaYtn— MryJhnsn (@mryjhnsn) September 11, 2021
Annual meetup at #chalkfest with an amazingly talented (childhood) friend â¤ï¸ #clevelandmuseumofart #cmachalkfestival #clevelandgram #chalkart #yeahbaby (at The Cleveland Museum of Art)... https://t.co/ZgNR3KC4s3— MryJhnsn (@mryjhnsn) September 11, 2021
When @Dana_Castrigano invited me to the Chalk Festival at the Cleveland Art Museum, I didnâ€™t know what Iâ€™d make. Then I asked myself what would my students most want to see and the decision was obvious. pic.twitter.com/8MECY9sxTV— Art With Mrs. Ball (@artwithmrsball) September 11, 2021
Knowing how disappointed I was to be missing the 2021 Cleveland Museum of Art Chalk Festival, my son, Kevin F. Smith, made a point to go to the museum to share on Twitter his favorite drawings. THANK YOU, KEVIN!!
@artwithmrsball we made the list!! Great work, friend!— Mrs. Crayon (@Dana_Castrigano) September 11, 2021
Thank you for liking my Chinese dragon drawing today at the CMA.— Judy Beveridge (@Ohiostatewldflr) September 12, 2021
A good thing to remember every year is that you can visit the Cleveland Museum of Art's Fine Arts Garden for a few days after the Chalk Festival to see the artwork (unless it rains).
Did you miss the Chalk Festival yesterday? Go for a stroll around the Fine Arts Garden, the art is still "on view"! https://t.co/QPA0uEuGRT— clevelandart (@ClevelandArt) September 12, 2021
Related Blog Posts
As I was writing this my tenth Cleveland Chalk Festival blog post on September 17, 2021, it was great to be reminded by my "Facebook Memories" of the fun I in past years at the Chalk Festival. That is why I create my "Chalk Festival" blog posts -- so I can see the artwork from past years again.
Thinking of fun times at @ClevelandArt in my “Facebook memories.”— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) September 17, 2021
4 years ago going to @InTheCircle for #chalkFest in #Cleveland.https://t.co/SK1CB9KvGh
1 year ago posted: “#CMAChalkFestival Social Distancing Style: CMA Virtual Chalk Festival 2020”
Blog Date: September 15, 2020 - #CMAChalkFestival Social Distancing Style: Cleveland Museum of Art's Virtual Chalk Festival 2020
Blog Date: September 21, 2019 - 30th Year! Cleveland Museum of Art's Chalk Festival 2019
Blog Date: September 25, 2018 - 2018 Photos: Cleveland Museum of Art's 29th Annual Chalk Festival
Blog Date: September 26, 2017 - Cleveland Museum of Art Chalk Festival 2017
Blog Date: October 3, 2016 - A Weekend of Community Art, Including the 2016 Cleveland Museum of Art Chalk Festival
Blog Date: October 19, 2015 - Cleveland Museum of Art Chalk Festival 2015 - A Day of Art & Sharing
Blog Date: September 16, 2014 - Chalk Festival 2014 - Cleveland Museum of Art
Blog Date: September 23, 2013 - 2013 Chalk Festival Photos
Blog Date: September 20, 2012 - Cleveland Chalk Festival
At last count, there are 72 other blog posts tagged "Art!"
Thank you for reading my blog post. You can learn about my travel journeys with my wife and co-blogger, Julie, and the venues we explore in Cleveland and Akron at: sosAssociates.com/Blog
Submitted by Stuart Smith on Sat, 09/25/2021 - 09:53
In addition to this Chalk Festival blog post, I published two other blog posts about activities that happened over the same weekend as the Cleveland Museum of Art Chalk Festival. Click links in the following tweet:
Fun remembering good times by publishing three blog posts this past week:— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) September 25, 2021
* Enjoying Remotely in 2021: The 32nd @ClevelandArt’s Chalk Festivalhttps://t.co/IgDYqTToGJ
* @CleGiveCamp 2021 - Online!https://t.co/OA2oowcVz6
* Spur-of-the-Moment Trip Southhttps://t.co/VvUEINgbmd pic.twitter.com/QVvVFUsBw9
Submitted by Stuart Smith on Mon, 09/27/2021 - 17:39
A BIG THANK YOU to Judy Beveridge and Stacy McGaugh for sharing with me on the Twitterverse their additional photos from the September 11, 2021, Cleveland Museum of Art Chalk Festival! It is interesting that they both shared a chalk drawing of a dragon.
Please take a look at the following, and please share their photos by retweeting:
Here is a photo shared by Stacy McGaugh that I missed from the date of the Chalk Festival on September 11, 2021:
Chalk festival! pic.twitter.com/99EcUqz8Nr— Stacy McGaugh (@DudeDarkmatter) September 11, 2021
2019 was the last time I attended in person. It was a very special year, since it celebrated the 30th year of the Cleveland Museum of Art Chalk Festival. The reason I mention it here is that Judy Beveridge made a special chalk drawing in 2019 to commemorate the museum's 30th Chalk Festival, which I featured in my blog post:
- Blog Date: September 21, 2019 - 30th Year! Cleveland Museum of Art's Chalk Festival 2019 Blog Date
Thank you, thank you, thank you, @Ohiostatewldflr!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) September 21, 2021
It is great to see your photos of the 2021 @ClevelandArt Chalk Fest. I like your dragon!
I remember that I featured your drawing in my “30th Year! Cleveland Museum of Art's Chalk Festival 2019” blog https://t.co/TTVAdeRKx6 pic.twitter.com/qiUjKdTjsA