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Along with being a celebration of our creative community, the Classic City Chalk Festival is a fundraiser for the Athens Area Arts Council and Colors of Connection.

This event takers place in three parts.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

1-4 p.m.: A half dozen local professional artists will gather at Creature Comforts to try their hands at the medium of pastels on pavement. This Artist Showcase, sponsored by local businesses The Royal Peasant and Social Empowerment Center, will give residents a chance to see what it takes to make a spectacular piece of art on the blacktop at the brewery. This event is free and open to the public. Special thanks to Creature Comforts for hosting our artists and being a supporter of the arts.

5-6:30 p.m.: The event at Creature Comforts will be followed by a screening of Beyond the Walls: Giving Voice to Life Experiences,” a documentary that tells the stories through murals depicted on the walls in the West Bank, Northern Ireland, Liberia, El Salvador, Argentina, Australia, and the United States. Viewers will get to know Colors of Connection’s work to revitalize communities through public art projects in post-war communities in Africa as the organization’s work is one of several stories featured in the film. Admission to the film is $7.50, with all proceeds going to Colors of Connection, and the film will be followed by a panel discussion about the power of arts in community building.

 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

11 a.m.-3 p.m.: The highlight of the weekend, the Classic City Chalk Fest, will take place along foundry Street behind the Classic Center in downtown Athens. This festival takes place alongside the opening of the Classic Center’s Sunday Market, and the event will include entertainment, food trucks and kids activities.

Want to get involved?

  1. Register for a square.
  2. Work on a smaller square with your children (day-of registration)
  3. Don’t think you can draw? Then just come and watch the artists in action and cheer on your favorites.

 

This event is organized by the Athens area arts Council and Colors of Connection.

About AAAC: Founded in 1996 to help distribute funds for public art, the Athens Area Arts Council went on to build creative bus shelters across Athens. Today, AAAC works to promote the arts in Athens, serving as a connector to the community for artists, arts appreciators and arts opportunities. The organization’s mission is simple: Connecting arts to the community through promotion, education, and funding.

About Colors of Connection: Established in 2010, Colors of Connection is the vision of two women, Laurie Reyman, a UGA graduate, and Christina Mallie, who dreamed of creating an organization to facilitate working with youth through the creation of public art to enable connections between people and communities. Our mission is to nurture hope, cultivate well-being, and promote development in disadvantaged youth and societies worldwide through community-based art and through advocacy for art in education. Colors of Connection proudly works in partnership with the UGA Institute for Non-Profit Organizations. For more information visit: colorsofconnection.org

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