In its’ 8th year, the Quad Cities Chalk Art Fest will take place June 22 – June 23, 2023 at Schwiebert Riverfront Park in downtown Rock Island, IL.

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Inspiring and engaging for people of all ages, this free, two-day street painting festival brings together hundreds of local and regional artists that spend hours transforming the blank cement pavement into a museum of chalk art, while competing for cash prizes. The festival starts at 10 a.m. on both days and goes till 7 pm on Saturday and 5 pm on Sunday. Visitors strolling by can see the wonderful works of art as they come to life, vote for their favorite, and even do some chalk art of their own, by taking part in the collaborative community piece. 

A full line-up of live music, food trucks, concessions, craft brews, face painting, a bounce house, and a kid’s chalk zone area, are all part of the festivities. Over $1,800 in cash prizes will be awarded including a people’s choice and youth category award for ages 12-17. The “paintings” are temporary, lasting only until the next rainfall, so you’ll want to catch a glimpse before they are gone.

Dates & Times:

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June 22, 10am-7pm

June 23, 10am-5pm

Awards announced at 4:30 pm, Sunday, June 23

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Prizes:

1st Place – $500  

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2nd Place – $300  

3rd Place – $250  

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2 Honorable Mentions – $100 each  

People’s Choice Award – $250  

Artists’ Choice Award (NEW AWARD!!) – $100  

Best 3-D $50

Best Reproduction $50

Youth Award (Age 12-17):

1st Place – $150 + $200 in art supplies awarded to artists’ school.

2nd Place – $100

3rd Place – $50

Community Piece:

Join in on the fun of creating some chalk with a design to be filled in by the whole community. For just a $5 donation, interested participants are given a set of chalk pastels to fill in a 2’ x 2’ square portion of a larger image. When finished, the larger piece will come to life as a complete work of art!  Plus, participants get to keep their chalk, take it home and create a masterpiece of their own.  

Designed to celebrate artists coming together to share their creative talents with the community, this event is generously sponsored by: Morency Family Foundation, Nestlé Purina Pet Care, Metronet, The Big 106.5, City of Rock Island, Davenport Noon Optimists, Eye Surgeon Associates, and Blick Art Materials. 

For more information, or to register as an artist: www.quadcityarts.com/chalk-art-fest 

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