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2013 Chalk Festival’s Theme: A “Legacy of Valor”

Oct 01, 2013 04:21PM

The downtown Sarasota Chalk Festival, in its sixth season, now draws hundreds of thousands from across the country and around the world throughout a week-long period in Burns Square. The 2013 Festival will be held November 13 to 18 and is themed “A Legacy of Valor” to pay homage to veterans, inspiring patriotism and embracing freedom.
Denise Kowal, the founder and inspiration behind the festival’s inception and growth, noted, “The theme gives all the artists a basis for their concepts. So when they present their artwork we ask, ‘does it represent valor, does it honor veterans, does it inspire patriotism, does it embrace freedom?’ The theme also affords opportunity to schools and groups who partner with us and enhance the 2013 festival’s ‘Legacy of Valor’ theme.”
The festival has attracted more of the world’s renowned talent in one location than any other festival to date, and received more than 1000 applications yearly coming from all over the U.S. and from almost every country. It is also known as debuting more breakthroughs in contemporary street painting techniques than any other.
It’s a true ephemeral performance art, with stages for 3-D and 2-D paintings, children (more than 5,000 participate), students, and veterans artists. In 2012, more than 200,000 visited the festival.
Only eco-friendly chalk is used, and any paint is cleaned professionally with the particles collected for disposal.
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