By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: June 2013
David Blue and Alisa Inglett have worked hard to bring the 2nd annual “Chalk It Up!” to Broken Arrow, presented by the Broken Arrow Arts & Humanities Council and Broken Arrow Parks & Recreation Department.
“Chalk It Up!” is the colorful and inspired Broken Arrow art festival that received the Award of Excellence in 2012 from the State of Oklahoma Recreation & Parks Society. This award is scored on many specifics including originality, funding sources, inter-agency cooperation and non-profit organization involvement. Last year marked the inauguration of this Broken Arrow Main Street event.
Broken Arrow Parks Department Events Coordinator David Blue and local entrepreneur and Your Design owner Alisa Inglett have worked diligently to bring Chalk It Up! back for a repeat performance. This year’s festival will feature more artists, entertainers, vendors and extended hours in continuing the trend of excellence. “The 2013 Chalk It Up! festival will be the first event ever to be held in the recently appointed Rose District of downtown Broken Arrow,” said David.
David became interested in hosting a “chalk” event in Broken Arrow when he found information on 3-D art and artists who were doing their chalk creations in Venice, California several years ago. As with so many trends, chalk art first become popular on both the east and west coasts. As the years have passed, more communities in the heart of the country have hosted events. David and Alisa put their heads together to come up with Broken Arrow’s creative and entertaining Chalk It Up! festival in the heart of downtown Broken Arrow, and the rest is history.
Chalk It Up! is brought to our community by the Broken Arrow Arts & Humanities Council and Broken Arrow Parks & Recreation Department. The festival begins Friday evening, June 7, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. It will continue Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free, open to the public, and will entertain the entire family. Artists will be creating their art in the middle of Main Street in downtown Broken Arrow between Dallas and Commercial. Alisa says, “Artists are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild as they ‘Chalk It Up!’ in the new Rose District.”
Art from the 2012 Chalk It Up! festival.
Artists representing three age groups from 6 years to adult will have the opportunity to compete in four categories including Masters, Animation,
3-D and Artist’s Choice. Each category will be awarded first, second and third place prizes. There will also be a Best of Show Award and a People’s Choice Award, for a total of 11 possible award winners.
Age categories are: 6-11 years, 12-17 years, and 18+ (adult). For more specific information about registration and rules, please call Alisa Inglett at (918) 994-4473 or visit the event’s Facebook page.
Artist registration fee is $20. Each competing artist or team of four will receive a festival T-shirt, chalk, water, a light lunch and gift bags from local Main Street business owners. Event judging, including the People’s Choice Award, will commence at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded immediately after judging is completed.
Sponsors for the 2013 Chalk It Up! festival include: Broken Arrow Convention and Visitors Bureau, City of Broken Arrow, Walmart Store #3295, First National Bank, AVB Bank, Your Design Frame Shop & Gallery, QuikTrip Corporation, and Main Street Merchants.
This is a great opportunity to spend some fun quality time with your family. Chalk It Up! will feature live music, entertainers consisting of street performers, jugglers, and living statues, and vendors showing and selling their art and handmade crafts. For general information about the event, contact David Blue at (918) 259-7000 or go to www.facebook.com/ChalkItUpAnArtFestival.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.