Welcome to Chalk It Up!

Shine On, You Crazy Chalk Stars!

Putting together the Chalk It Up festival is no small expense! And as it’s gotten bigger, so have the costs. But we adjust and we consider other ways of generating revenue. The same goes for funding our Youth Art Grants. In 2016 we were able to give nearly $6,000 to local youth arts education and youth arts endeavors. If we had more to give, we could fund even more local youth art!

So, although the festival raises some money for those efforts, it’s events like Big Day Of Giving (BDOG, this year on Thursday May 4th) that really allows us to give back in a big way. For our current fund-raising efforts we’ve engaged the help of local artists that we call Chalk Stars! We photographed them holding a chalkboard declaring their support of Chalk It Up and why art is important to them. We will be using these images to attract attention to our May 4th BDOG fundraising.

Remember all money you donate to local non-profits through BigDayOfGiving.org on May 4th receives matching funds. So please support Chalk It Up and our Youth Art Grants during that 24-hour period. BUT if you want to be a one of our CHALK STARS, grab a chalkboard (or a piece of sidewalk!) and tell/show us why art is important to you! Take a picture, add the hashtags #chalkitup, #BDOG2017 then share it on the Chalk It Up Facebook page (and your own social media) with hashtags #chalkitup and #BDOG2017. Do it today and start posting! Mark May 4th on your calendarand please help us support local youth arts education!


New Website Update!

We are in the process of having our website completely overhauled and updated thanks to the brilliant and creative team at Uptown Studios! So far the designs look amazing. And it feels more user-friendly than ever before. So hang in there. Within a couple of weeks, we should have a shiny new Chalk It Up website for you to explore.... and all sorts of new information about what we're working on for 2017!

Here's a little peak at the sleek, clean design to come:


Chalk It Up is proud to present the
April 6 thru May 28 at the Crocker Art Museum

HSSP - untitled by Alyssa OsborneThe popular High School Self-Portrait Show returns to Peek-A-Boo - Chalermkwan Nandeethe Crocker Art Museum, this year featuring over 50 pieces from over 50 young artists representing a dozen participating high schools.

Various artistic mediums and diverse creative techniques are explored as these talented young artists also explore themselves through their art.

Awards will be presented for Best In Show, 1st Place, 2nd Place, and 3rd Place, as well as Excellence in Medium and Honorary Mention. Join us at the awards presentation Iridescence by Ann M. Felattoduring the Opening Ceremony April 23 at the Crocker Art Museum, 1pm.


Contextualized - Ryan Johnson








(clockwise from upper left: Art by Alyssa Osborne; Chalermkwan Nandee; Ryan Johnson; and Ann M. Felatto.




2016 chalk it up laura bowmanEvery year at Chalk It Up we distribute voting ballots to to encourage all festival visitors to engage more deeply with the art by choosing their favorite three pieces.

In years past. we've seen repeat wins from seasoned Chalk It Up artists like Andy Huff, Julia Flippo, and Andrea Johnston... but in 2016 the top 3 pieces were all from first time winners. Very exciting!

Congratualtions to our first place artist, Laura Bowman; second place artist Jenny Apekian; and third place artist (and longtime Chalk It Up supporter) Amie Tokuhama!

We can't wait to see what these three come up with for 2017!

jenny apekian 2016Amie Tohukama 2016










    Art by Laura Bowman                                 Art by Jenny Apekian;                  Art by Amie Tokuhama!




After Black Friday... and Cyber Monday...
Get ready for Giving Tuesday!
(and help Chalk It Up raise even more money for local youth arts!)

Giving Tuesday is national day of giving that takes place every year on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. This year on November 29. The day was created as way for people to extend their holiday-giving to include their favorite nonprofits. This year Chalk It Up is participating for the first time. If you'd like to help us raise more money for local youth arts, then come here to our webpage or to our Facebook page on Nov 29, click on our Donation Button, and make a donation of $20 or $30 (or whatever amount you like!) The money we raise through our annual festival and various donations and sponsorships is used to fund grants that we award to a wide variety local youth art endeavors. We recieve requests from dozens schools, youth art teachers, youth art organizations and young artists. Then after looking into each, we choose to whom we can award grants. In 2015 we gave out $15,000 to local youth arts.

Chalk It Up is an organization run by a handful of volunteers and operates with a very low overhead. We take pride in how much we can give back to local youth arts! All money raised on November 29th's GIVING TUESDAY will go right into our grants program. Your GIVING TUESDAY support directly funds art for local youth. Please mark Tuesday November 29th on your calendar and plan on giving! Spread the word. Help us keep art alive in local schools and other local youth art programs!



Sunny Chalk Art 2011

 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 19! One Square is $100; Double Square is $200)