Annual Sidewalk Commentary Contest Planned for May 2

Posted on 4/25/2018 9:23:30 PM

You're never too old to play with chalk, and Chalk the Walk is the perfect time to show your creativity. The Oak Grove is your canvas!The annual Indiana University of Pennsylvania Sidewalk Commentary Contest, also known as “Chalk the Walk,” will be held Wednesday, May 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the IUP Oak Grove. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held on Friday, May 4.

The contest, sponsored by the IUP chapter of the National Art Education Association and the College of Fine Arts, offers students or groups the opportunity to express their political and social views through chalk drawings across the Oak Grove. Students or groups should register at the registration table in the Oak Grove between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. There is no cost to register and chalk is provided free of charge. The first 200 persons to register will receive a free t-shirt, sponsored by the Division of Enrollment Management.

The 2018 event is the 27th annual Chalk the Walk, which has consistently drawn between 60 to 100 entries each year on topics ranging from the environment to political issues.

Campus judges will review the entries between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. Monetary prizes will be given to the winning entries.

A new addition to the 2018 event is the “IUP in three words” project.

All members of the community are invited to describe what IUP means to them in three words on chalkboards and then chalk these three words on the flagstones in front of Fisher Auditorium. This project will run from noon to 4:30 p.m.

A video of the “three words” project will be shot during the day, including footage being shot by a drone around the flagstone area. Persons may also submit to the project via twitter at #MyIUP3words.