Brooks’ Virtual Chalkfest is back for 2021, set for March 13-20

Art kits now available, prizes announced

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art’s most popular springtime event, Chalkfest, is back for another year of virtual fun and online engagement. Participants are encouraged to create and share their wildest sidewalk chalk art by using the hash tag #Chalkfest2021 for chances to win prizes from the Brooks Museum.

“Though we’ll miss seeing you in person at the museum for ChalkFest 2021, we invite you and your family to bust out the chalk at home,” said Associate Director of Education Kate Renner. “We even have take-home art kits for sale this year.”

Each ChalkFest art kit includes a 16 pack Crayola Sidewalk chalk bucket and Brooks activity kit with ideas for creating chalk art at home. Kits can be purchased here for a nominal fee of $5 each, with a limit of two per family, and can be picked up between March 3-28 at the museum.

Share your Chalk Art creations on Facebook and Instagram with #Chalkfest2021 and tag @brooksmuseum for a chance to win prizes from the Brooks Museum. Multiple entries are allowed. Submission must be received by March 20 at 5 p.m. for prize consideration. Prizes include a family membership, family passes and a Creative Kids Premium Sidewalk Chalk Art Play Set plus “Chalk On The Wild Side” book by Lorie King Kaehler.

For specific ideas on chalk drawing inspiration, please see below.

– Draw a picture of your favorite artwork in the Brooks collection. Visit the Brooks’ online collection for inspiration.
– Draw a picture that tells a powerful story about your experience staying “Safer at Home” this past year. Visit our exhibition “Memphis Artists in Real Time” to see how local artists have documented their own stories from 2020
– Draw a self-portrait in the “Art Nouveau” style featured in our current exhibition “L’Affichomania: The Passion For French Posters”
– Draw a picture of your family (on vacation… on the moon… at the Brooks…)
– Draw a picture of yourself as a 1) cowboy/cowgirl; 2) astronaut; 3) pirate; 4) artist
– Draw an abstract picture that only uses shapes and colors
– Draw a picture that includes a message of hope for your neighbors

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