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Sunny Chalk Art 2011


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Hello Chalk It Up friends!

Please take a  couple of minutes to read about Chalk It Up’s involvement on The Big Day Of Giving.
(This is a REALLY big deal...)
The National Day Of Giving on May 3rd is a day dedicated to encouraging support of local non-profits. Sacramento’s involvement in the National Day of Giving is called The BIG Day Of Giving (or BIGDoG). In the past two years BIGDoG has raised nearly $9M among the hundreds of participating local nonprofits and we know this year will be the best year yet for Sacramento!
Why is your donation important on May 3rd? 
Because on May 3rd, all money donated through www.bigdayofgiving.org to participating nonprofits (like CHALK IT UP!) will receive matching funds! Each dollar you give to the nonprofit of your choice (like… say… CHALK IT UP!) will earn that nonprofit additional money! That’s the point of The Big Day of Giving! Your support on May 3rd goes farther than at any other time. If you ever wanted to show additional love to your favorite local nonprofit (for example…. CHALK IT UP!!!), The Big Day of Giving is the day to do it!

American River High School


How has BIGDoG helped Chalk It Up in the past?
Last year, the support we received on the Big Day Of Giving helped us exceed our goal of giving out 25 Local Youth Art Grants in celebration of our 25th year. We received over $3,000 in BIGDoG donations (over $4,000 after matching funds from GIVE LOCAL NOW). This allowed us to award eight additional $500 Local Youth Art Grants in the Sacramento region! That’s eight additional youth art projects that might not have happened without the wonderful support we received on the BIG DAY OF GIVING! Because of your support on BIGDoG and throughout the year Chalk It Up was able to give back nearly $15,000 in LOCAL YOUTH ART GRANTS and YOUTH ART SPONSORSHIPS in 2015!

How can you help?
Please MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Set alerts in your phone! Tie strings around all of your fingers! Do whatever it takes to remember that Tuesday May 3rd is THE BIG DAY OF GIVING! The minimum donation amount is $25. We’ve received donations as high as $100!!! (THANK YOU!) Some of the larger non-profits even receive single donations in the thousands of dollars range! The point is, give what you can. Give because you love Chalk It Up and because your donation helps support Local Youth Arts through our grants and through our sponsorships!
What is our BIGDoG Goal?
Our goal is to try and give even more than we did last year! We want to try and double our 2015 BIGDoG results and raise $8000 in 2016. We’re hoping to do this by reaching out to more people than ever before! We know Chalk It Up is enjoyed by thousands and thousands of people! In fact, our free 3-day Chalk It Up Festival drew 50,000 people in 2015!!! If even 2% of those Chalk It Up supporters gave us $25 each, we’d raise $25,000! Sadly, we don’t have their 50,000 emails. This is why helping us spread the word is so important. Of course we hope you’ll consider donating to us on BIGDoG, but participating in our outreach will also help us reach our goal. All it takes to raise $8,000 is $25 from 320 people. 320 people out of the thousands who attend the festival, the hundreds who participate, and the countless others who’ve benefitted from our art grants or have enjoyed the youth art events we sponsor. We know the support is there. We just need help reaching those 50,000 Chalk It Up lovers.
How can you help get the word out?
Social Media is our biggest, best(est!) tool for BIGDoG. PostShareRetweet.LikeLove. And Comment!
Visit us on FACEBOOK and share the info we are posting regarding the Big Day Of Giving on your social media networks… Re-post on Facebook. Tweet that you gave. Encourage others to give to the non-profit that reflects their passion, whether it’s education, health care, animals, or the arts (like…possibly… CHALK IT UP!) Be sure to use #BIGDoG2016 in your posts so we ALL can see ALL the crazy BIGDoG activity ALL day long!

How can you give?

On May 3rd, starting at 12:00am midnight, visit www.bigdayofgiving.org and make a donation of as little as $25 to CHALK IT UP!  …or to any of the other 500+ participating nonprofit organizations in our region. (That’s right! There are over 500 other local organizations you can contribute to on the Big Day Of Giving. Give to as many as you would like to support!) You will have 24 hours to make your donation, and all giving will end at 11:59pm on May 3rd.  
Remember, all donations earn the organization additional funds!!! (and all donations can be written off!)

Kupros - CIU



As the Big Day Of Giving winds to an end on May 3rd, come join the Chalk It Up gang at Kupros Crafthouse (1217 21st Street, Sacramento) for some fine food and beverages as well as some of the finest local musicians performing acoustic in support of Chalk It Up and local youth arts. The list of performers is still being determined, but last year's line up was incredible featuring some the area's most popular artists! And to make it all the better, Kupros will donate 10% of their sales from 7pm-11:30pm to Chalk It Up's BIGDoG campaign! So come join the celebration as we countdown the final hours and minutes of the Big Day Of Giving.




Best in Show HSSP 2016
The Annual High School Self-Portrait Show returns to the Crocker Art Museum with another astounding collection of3rd place Hssp 2016 pieces created by local high school artists. The event, sponsored by Chalk It Up and curated by Christian Brothers High School art instructor Findlay Macintosh has taken place at The Crocker Art Museum for the past several years and is always a big draw and a crowd pleaser. This year over 75 artists participated, representing high schools from all around the Sacramento region. Chalk It Up was once again privileged to judge the event and Tainted Freedompresent awards at the April 17th opening poem of flowersreception. Awards were given for Best In Show, 1st 2nd and 3rd place as well as ten Excellence in Medium and 10 Honorable mentions. The top four artists received medals and certificates as well as gift certificates to University Art! Be sure to make a visit before the show's final day Sunday May 22 (and check out the amazing Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei exhibits also currently on display at the Crocker!) 

 2015 was our biggest year yet!

2015's Chalk It Up Festival was our biggest one yet. Our 3-day attendance was estimated to be 50,000 people, easily 10,000 more than last year! And vibrant and active as that was, the event never felt crowded or removed from its grassroots vibe. The art was great as usual. The bands fantastic! We even had Sacramento faves The Brodys play the event for the first time ever! There were more craft vendors, more food vendors, more interactive art for children and adults... and at the end of it all, more money raised than ever before! That success plus the money we raised at last year's Big Day Of Giving allowed us to award more Youth Art Grants than ever before as well! We had a goal of awarding 25 grants in celebration of our 25th festival, and we were able to exceed that goal by awarding 28 grants! All said, Chalk It Up was able to give back neary $15,000 in Youth Art Grants and Sponsorships. Not bad for a FREE Chalk Art Festival.

The Chalk It Up People's Choice Top 3 squares of 2015

  andy huff   julia flippo   emma farnsworth

The 1st place people's choice pick was by longtime Chalk It Up artist Andy Huff, Andy's pieces have been favorites at Chalk It Up every year, and his art has even been used on previous Chalk It Up Posters.

The 2nd place people's choice pick went to Julia Flippo, who although is one of our young Chalk It Up Artists, she has been a crowd favorite for a few years now and has also done the art of a previous Chalk It Up Poster.

And 3rd place went to first time Chalk It Up participant Emma Farnsworth for her beautiful sunflower.

Amazing as all three of these pieces are, now imagine them 6 to 8 feet tall! There is nothing quite like seeing these creations while the artist is rendering them, or as soon as they are finished. Truly spectacular!

As part of the award ceremonty fun, each of the artists was brought up on stage and presented with a one-of-a-kind trophy, custom made at the the Chalk It Up festival by local metal sculpture artist Gina Rossi, and each also received a gift card for University Art.



Chalk It Up Margo Mullen Sacramento 365Everyone loves the Chalk It Up Festival, but few people think of Chalk It Up as a benefit for the arts... and even fewer think of it as an excellent way to to get seen! However, if you sponsor a Chalk Square at Chalk It Up, not only are you supporting the festival you love, but you are also helping us raise money for local youth art programs AND your sponsored square will get seen by THOUSANDS of people.

Remember, we had 35,000 people come out last year SPECIFICALLY to look at our sidewalk art! So sponsor as yourself, as your family, as your business, as your band, as your favorite organization... and get seen by everyone who comes to the event!

For less money than it costs to run a business card sized ad in a local publication, you can have your name on one of Chalk It Up's art squares! Sponsor one square for $150; two squares for $250! Fill out our sponsor application and help us raise even more money for our Chalk It Up art grants! Our goal this year is to give out 25 youth art grants!

(NOTE: The Early Bird Special is still in effect until Aug 15! One Square is $100; Double Square is $200)