ChalkFest 2016. Photo by Josh More.

The Arts Partnership invites the public to ChalkFest, the largest FREE art-making event in the metro, 12 – 7 p.m. Thursday, August 10, at Red River Zoo – proudly sponsored by Gate City Bank!

ChalkFest attendees will draw with FREE chalk, get FREE admission into the Red River Zoo (including animal talks), eat delicious food, meet local artists and arts organizations and more.

ChalkFest 2016. Josh More.

The Arts Partnership is pleased to welcome artist Chelsie Liberati from the Savannah College of Art and Design to be our ChalkFest Artist-in-Residence.

ChalkFest 2017 Artist-in-Residence, Chelsie Liberati.

Chelsie will engage the community with chalk murals at Gate City Bank locations throughout Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo on August 7, 8 and 9 as a lead-in to the event on August 10. Morning drawings will take place roughly between 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and afternoon drawings 2 – 5 p.m. at the following branch locations:

Monday, Aug. 7
Morning: Fargo Woodhaven – 3800 51st Ave S, Fargo, ND 58104
Afternoon: West Fargo Veterans Blvd – 837 31st Ave E, West Fargo, ND 58078

Tuesday, Aug. 8
Morning: Fargo Southpointe – 3100 25th St S, Fargo, ND 58103
Afternoon: Village West – 3909 13th Ave S, Fargo, ND 58103

Wednesday, Aug. 9
Morning: Downtown Fargo – 500 2nd Ave N, Fargo, ND 58102
Afternoon: South Moorhead Hornbacher’s – 950 40th Ave S, Moorhead, MN 56560

All are welcome to watch Chelsie both in the days leading up to the event and at ChalkFest itself!

Chalk art by Chelsie Liberati.

The Arts Partnership first hosted ChalkFest in August 2013 and the event has grown exponentially over the years. 450 people attended the first year and over 5,500 people attended last year.

This year the following arts organizations will have booths for you to check out at the event:
Creative Plains Foundation
Fargo-Moorhead Ballet
Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre
Fargo-Moorhead Gay Men’s Chorus
Fargo-Moorhead Golden Notes
Fargo-Moohread Opera
Fargo-Moorhead Youth Choir
Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County
Prairie Public
Theatre B

ChalkFest is open to all ages and abilities. We’re excited to see your fun ChalkFest creations!

ChalkFest 2016. Josh More.

The Arts Partnership thanks the Red River Zoo for hosting ChalkFest for the third consecutive year. We’d also like to thank Xcel Energy for sponsoring the six local artists drawing outside the entrance to the zoo and Creative Plains Foundation for contributing chalk!

View the event on Facebook and share it with your family, friends, partners, hairdressers — whomever! All are welcome. #TAPChalkFest #SupportLocalArt

To read more about the history of ChalkFest and how it became one of our primary programs, click here.