two students drawing the IUP logo in chalk on the walkThe annual Indiana University of Pennsylvania Sidewalk Commentary Contest, also known as “Chalk-on-the-Walk,” will be held Wednesday, May 1, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the IUP Oak Grove.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be held Friday, May 3.

The contest, sponsored by the IUP National Art Education Association, the Graphic Design Student Association, IUP Marketing and Communications, IUP Student Cooperative, the College of Arts and Humanities, and the IUP Lively Arts, offers students or student groups the opportunity to express their political and social views through chalk drawings across the Oak Grove.

Students or student groups should register at the registration table in the Oak Grove starting at 9 a.m. There is no cost to register and chalk is provided free of charge. For as long as supplies last, students will receive a free t-shirt, sponsored by the Office of Marketing and Communications.

The 2024 event is the 32nd annual Chalk the Walk (no event was held in 2020 due to the pandemic), which has consistently drawn close to 100 entries each year on topics ranging from the environment to politics.

Campus judges will review the entries starting at 4 p.m. Monetary prizes of $100, $75, and $50 will be given to the top three winning entries.