Children, adults, locals, tourists, artists, non-artists… and everyone else! You’re invited to help transform the sidewalks of the Lincoln City Cultural Center into colorful works of art, at the third annual Lincoln City Chalk Art Competition on Saturday, July 9. The competition window will be open from 11 am to 3 pm, and there will be plenty of prizes to go around.
The contest will be held on the west side of the LCCC, housed inside the historic Delake School building, at 540 NE Hwy. 101 in Lincoln City. Center staff and volunteers will provide the vivid pastel chalk, along with spray bottles with water and sponges. There will also be hot dogs, beverages and snacks for sale throughout the day.
Age categories for the sidewalk chalk competition are 6 and under, 7-11, 12-17, 18 and older, and Family/Group. There will be awards and prizes for each category, as well as a grand prize: $50 cash for the People’s Choice Award. Artists may arrive as early as 10:45 am, or as late as 2:30 pm, with square assignment first-come, first-served. Priority placement will be given to early registrants. Judging will be held at 3 pm and prizes awarded immediately after.
“This third annual event invites everyone, regardless of age or skill level, to share in the joy of making art outside. The art that is produced in our Chalk Art Competition stays on the LCCC sidewalk for weeks, sometimes months, and everyone who walks by enjoys it,” said Niki Price, executive director.
The registration fee for the sidewalk chalk art competition is $5 for ages 6 and under and $10 for ages 7 and up and includes a sidewalk square and box of chalk. Individuals can purchase squares next to each other to produce a group work. Registration forms can be picked up at the Cultural Center or printed from the Center’s website.
This year, the LCCC is partnering with the Lincoln City Parks & Recreation Department’s “Trekking” summer day camp program. Participants in the program, in grades K-6, will travel from their home base at Oceanlake Elementary School to take part in their very own chalk art fest at the LCCC on Friday, July 8. Their work will be in place, on the sidewalks of the LCCC, to inspire the competitors in the public event scheduled for the next day. To learn more about “Trekking,” which is open every weekday throughout the summer and features a variety of fun activities, call 541-994-2131.
“We are very excited to be working with Coach Boone and the Rec Kids day camp, to provide an outdoor art experience for the campers,” Price said. “Gallery director Krista Eddy will be on hand to help them learn art techniques while having fun with chalk.”
The Cultural Center is currently seeking volunteers to assist with set-up, registration, monitoring, and clean-up. Vendor spots are still available, as well. For vendor registration or volunteering, contact Niki Price at email@example.com or 541-994-9994.