West Michigan Chalk Art Festival

June 17-18, 2016

The Byron Community Wellness Foundation is proud to sponsor The West Michigan Chalk Art Festival in Byron Center, Michigan. This is an event you won't want to miss!

The West Michigan Chalk Art Festival brings explosions of color, vitality, and the community of West Michigan together. Artists are invited to display their creativity and imagination and demonstrate the many varieties of chalk art. We invite children, adults, families, and businesses to create their own art using chalk.

Bring the whole family, your friends, and neighbors. You can participate as an artist or just walk, view, and experience the art at your feet. Come out for some fun in the sun, face painting for the kids, and many other activities. And of course, an opportunity to let loose and create!

This event is brought to you by the Byron Community Wellness Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

West Michigan Chalk Art Festival
West Michigan Chalk Art Festival

2015 Sponsors

    • WMCAF SponsorMasterpiece
    • BCF Wealth Strategies
    • Byron Center DDA
    • Byron Township
    • Tanger Outlets
    • WMCAF SponsorPortrait
    • Byron Center Family Medicine
    • Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones PLC
    • Nederveld & Associates
    • United Bank
    • WMCAF SponsorLandscape
    • Boardwalk Subs
    • Chemical Bank
    • Family Fare
    • Land & Company
    • LSL Planning
    • Monelli's
    • Vriesman & Korhorn
    • Walgreens
    • Berends Hendricks Stuit
    • WMCAF SponsorFriends of Festival
    • EMB Image Studio
    • Benepay
    • South Kent Veterinary Hospital

Festival Info

Friday - June 17

11am - 9pm Registration
12pm - 9pm Adult Artists Chalking
Public Viewing Art

Saturday - June 18

8am - 12pm Registration
8am - 3pm Adult Artists Chalking
11am - 3pm KidsChalk Event
KidsChalk Event is for children 11 years old and younger. It is a free event and is chalk provided.
3pm - 5pm Judging of Art
5pm Chalk Art Awards
9am - 9pm Public Viewing of Art

Location

Tanger Outlets - Grand Rapids
Tanger Outlets - Grand Rapids
350 84th Street SW
Byron Center, MI 49315
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Prizes

    • Adult
    • 1st Place
      $1000
    • 2nd Place
      $500
    • 3rd Place
      $250
    • 4th Place
      $100
    • Peopleʼs Choice Award
    • Public Vote
      $500
    • Youth
    • 1st Place
      $100
    • 2nd Place
      $50
    • 3rd Place
      $25
    • Artistic
    • Best Team / Family
      $100
    • Best 3D
      $100
    • Best Photo Rendition
      $100
    • Most Humorous
      $100
    • Best Use of Color
      $100
    • Best Use of Wellness Theme
      $200

*Additional awards subject to sponsorship & funding.
**West Michigan Chalk Art Festival Committee reserves the right to limit the number of regular category awards to an individual artist.
The People’s Choice award is by popular vote and may be awarded to an artist who wins or places any of the regular categories.

Artists

The West Michigan Chalk Art Festival invites adults of all ages, children, families, businesses and organizations, to show their creativity in this unique art form. You can participate in any one or more of the following categories:

    • Adult$35 per square
    • 18 years and older.
    • Art Square is approximately 6’X 6’.
    • A limited number or larger spaces are available, please contact us for more information.
    • Chalk provided
    • Youth$30 per square
    • 12-17 years old.
    • Art Square approximately 6’ X 6’.
    • Chalk provided
    • Adults can cheer, but cannot do the art.
    • Family/Team$30 per family/team
    • Enter as a family. At least one adult per family team.
    • Enter as a business, church, service group or civic organization.
    • Teams can enter multiple teams.
    • 4 members maximum per family or team. Each family/team member must register as a participant. Name your team.
    • Art Square approximately 6’ X 6’.
    • Chalk provided

*Sign-up Early! Registration after June 1st is $40 per Adult square and $35 per Youth and Family/Team square.
*Additional squares are $20 per square, per artist.

Guidelines & Rules for Chalk Artists (PDF) West Michigan Chalk Art Festival

"Art is a social function." - Paul Collins

"One of my ah ha moments is being able to come together with our youth and be energized with them through the arts!"Paul Collins

"Art is a social function."Paul Collins

"Art is food for the soul - I canʼt wait to be at the table with the kids at the Chalk Art Festival."Paul Collins

"My role is to try and make young people understand what art really is and the role it plays in our everyday lives. It surrounds us, embrace it in all forms."Paul Collins

WMCAF KidsChalk

Free Kids Chalk Event!

The Kids Chalk Event, for children under the age of 11, will be held Saturday, June 18. This is a free event. It will take place at the West Michigan Chalk Art Festival at Tanger Outlet Mall from 11am to 3pm. The theme is “Health and Wellness.” Children are encouraged to use their creativity to create art depicting a health or wellness theme. Some examples will be available to help spark their creativity. Pieces of chalk will also be provided. Local artists will be available to help give the kids some tips. And who knows, you might have the next Van Gogh on your hands!

Register

Adults, kids, families, and teams are invited to register as artists in the West Michigan Chalk Art Festival. Team and Family participants may also register as individual artists to showcase their own talents.

Download PDF

Download an artist registration form to get involved. Remember, each member of a Team or Family must register individually.

One complimentary West Michigan Chalk Art T-Shirt will be provided for each adult, team, or family registration. Purchase additional Chalk Art Festival T-Shirts for other family members, team members, or kids.

Chalk: 24 pieces of rich pastel chalk will be provided for each registered person or team. Additional chalk will be available for an additional cost. Artists are also welcome to bring their own chalk.

Deadline: While onsite registrations will be available, to insure availability of artist spaces, chalk, and t-shirts, we recommend that you register by June 1st.

Register Online Now Download Registration Form (PDF)

"I believe that making and viewing art can have beneficial effects on our health and well-being. Perhaps the pursuit of art on a regular basis may be a key to healing our minds and bodies." Kim Blair, Edmonton AB, Canada

Volunteer

Volunteers will be needed in many areas throughout the Festival. We will need volunteers to help with registration, handing out supplies, and providing directions for artists and guests.

As a volunteer, we ask the following:

  • Volunteers need to be willing to dedicate at least four hours to the event.
  • Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult volunteer or service group adult leader.
  • Most volunteer jobs will involve a lot of walking.
  • Most volunteer jobs will involve being in the sun. Bring sunscreen!
Volunteer Registration Form (PDF) Volunteer at WMCAF

Contact Us

Snail Mail, E-Mail, or Carrier Pigeon

  • West Michigan Chalk Art Festival
    c/o Byron Community Wellness Foundation
    PO Box 384
    Byron Center, MI 49315
  • T: 616-878-6029
  • F: 616-878-3980
Contact West Michigan Chalk Art Festival