Call for artists: Sounds and Sights Festival hosts sixth annual Chalk Art Contest

CHELSEA, MICH – The Sounds and Sights Festival will hold its sixth annual Chalk Art Contest on Saturday, July 27, 2019.  Participants of all abilities and ages are encouraged to help transform the streets of Chelsea into vibrant colors and works of art from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.  Chelsea Area Festivals & Events (CAFE) will award over $1,200 across 8 contest categories.

“Each year, the quality of art created during the chalk contest is phenomenal.  The Chalk Art component of the Sounds & Sights Festival continues to evolve thanks to the input from both contestants and spectators,” said CAFE Event Coordinator, Denise Cugliari.

The following categories are juried:

  • Best in Show: $350
  • Best Art Reproduction: $100
  • Best Original Piece: $100
  • Best 3D Piece: $100
  • Best Use of Color: $100
  • Best Youth Piece: $100 & $75
  • Best Children’s Piece: $50 & $25

Spectators will have the opportunity to vote for The People’s Choice Award and the winner will receive $200.

Artists of all ages wishing to compete in the Chalk Contest may fill out a registration form at There is a $25 registration fee which includes one 5’x5’ pavement space and a box of chalk.  Each space can be worked on by one to four artists.  Artists can win in multiple categories selected at the time of registration.

Children up to the age of 16 have the additional option to register for a free 2.5’x2.5’ space and are eligible for a first place $50 prize and a $25 second place prize which will be determined by spectator’s votes.

Registrants are required to apply by July 12, 2019 to be eligible for prizes. There will be a limited number of open spaces available the day of the contest for Children.  Spaces forfeited by no-shows will be available at 10 a.m. the morning of the contest and will be eligible for prizes. All paid, registered spaces are non-refundable but are transferable.

“We will also showcase several renowned stipend chalk artists who are not competing in the contest, but are working to push the boundaries of their art with larger, more complex designs on both Friday and Saturday of the Sounds & Sights Festival,” said Cugliari.

The Sounds & Sights Festival Chalk Art is sponsored by Healthy Smiles Dental of Chelsea, Reimco Building Company and is also made possible by donations of over one hundred Sounds and Sights sponsors.  For more information, please contact Chalk Art Coordinator Denise Cugliari at or call 734-276-4206.


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