The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Call to Artists: 12th Annual Northampton Chalk Art Festival

WHAT: 12th Annual Northampton Chalk Art Festival
WHEN: Friday, September 9, 2022 from 9am-4pm
WHERE: Downtown Northampton, MA

Rules and information:
In the application form found HERE, please provide a description and a
sketch or image of your proposed chalk art piece. In addition, please
supply some examples of relevant work (in any medium).
There is no fee to participate in the Festival; all accepted artists
will receive a stipend of $100 per completed chalk drawing.
Only non-oil based soft chalk/pastels in a solid form may be used.
Your canvas will be an approximately 5’x5’ section of cement located
in downtown Northampton, primarily on Main Street. If all of the
available 5’x5’ sections are assigned, you may be offered a site with
a different configuration. Specific sites will be assigned at random.
You may work on your drawing from 8am - 4pm on the day of the
Festival. Entries will then be reviewed by a panel of judges, and
three special prizes of $300, $200 and $100 will be awarded on the
steps of City Hall at approximately 5pm.

Submission deadline: Friday, August 26

Applications can be emailed to the Downtown Northampton Association at Please reference “Chalk Art” in the subject
line. You may also submit this application via snail mail to the
Downtown Northampton Association, 99 Pleasant Street, Northampton, MA
01060. You will be contacted by Monday, August 29 to confirm entry
into the festival.

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