Chalk Art Fest 2020!

Chalk Art Fest 2020!

DAY Chalk Art Fest 2020

Art Will be Featured in Downtown Yakima Businesses and Buildings

The Downtown Association of Yakima (DAY) is pleased to announce that the beloved Chalk Art Festival will be held in 2020, although it will be a little different this year because of the current health conditions. Nonetheless, Art, the Yakima Community, and Downtown Yakima will continue to be celebrated in a creative and unifying way!


“DAY ardently wanted to host Chalk Art Fest this year, even considering the COVID-19 situation,” says DAY Executive Director, Andrew Holt. “Even though the purpose of all of our events is to have people congregate in Downtown Yakima – which we obviously cannot do right now --, we feel that we have



found a way to have an event that still spotlights our community’s wonderful spirit, its artists, and the downtown community.”


This year, instead of having community members and artists assemble on North 3rd Street, the art will appear various ways and community members will have many options for being engaged. The art from the skilled artists will appear in the windows of Downtown Yakima businesses and buildings, along with being featured on DAY’s Facebook page and website. Children and general community members will be able to take chalk home and draw at their residences with their art, also, featured on DAY’s social media and website.


This Year’s Theme: My Favorite Downtown Yakima Place (this could be a building, a park, public art, a memory – anything that is part of Downtown Yakima).


There will be two categories: Skilled Artists, and Children (12 and under).



Skilled Artists

Artists need to register with DAY. They will receive 2 boxes of chalk pastels and one 24’ x 24’ panel with paint to create a background. Once their drawing is finished, they will return it and DAY will display it in

a participating business. Each drawing will be photographed and displayed in a DAY Facebook gallery. The drawings with the most likes will receive 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place accordingly. The drawings will also be displayed on the DAY website, although voting will only occur on the Facebook gallery. DAY will identify what buildings and businesses the drawings are located so the public can view them in person. Artists must contact DAY to register via email at , or Facebook, or by calling 509-571-1328.


The art will appear in the windows for at least 2 weeks.



Children 12 and under can pick up their chalk at the Downtown Yakima Farmers Market on the Sundays of September 27th and October 4th. The chalk will be at the information booth at the entrance of the market. They, then, can draw their art at their residence (driveway, sidewalk, patio, etc.). Once completed, they should take a clear photo of their artwork and email the photo to or through the DAY Facebook page. The photo will be displayed and



voted upon in the same fashion as the Skilled Artist category. Contact information needs to be provided in case they win. 



“We really look forward to seeing the usual outstanding art from our community,” says Holt. “We will miss the live music, the food, and, of course, all our fellow community members and their wonderful smiling faces, but on the other hand, we look forward to having our businesses more directly engaged and having a longer period to enjoy the art.”






Contact Info: 

Andrew Holt

Downtown Association of Yakima


Posted September 14, 2020

Downtown Association of Yakima

14 S. First Street
Yakima, WA 98901

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