Chalk the Walk 2022

Whether you’re an amateur or a professional artist, this event is your chance to get creative. Unleash the magical power of sidewalk chalk, and share positive and uplifting messages on the sidewalk throughout Overland Park.

Thank you to everyone who participated in #ChalkTheWalkOP this year! We had a great turn out and loved seeing your artistic contributions to Overland Park’s sidewalks.

Come back next summer for details about Chalk the Walk 2023!

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Rules and Guidelines

Bring out your creative side and chalk up the walks following this year’s theme, “Looking Up.” Create an original chalk artwork between August 17 -28. Take a photo of your masterpiece and submit it online.

Each piece can only be entered into one of the award categories, but multiple entries of different artwork are allowed. The categories are:

  • Best Use of the Theme “Looking Up”
  • Best Use of a Sidewalk Blemish
  • Youth, Ages 8 & Under
  • Youth, Ages 9 – 14

Voting will take place August 30 through September 5, with winners announced on September 6. All participants are automatically entered into the People’s Choice award category, with online voters deciding their favorite drawing. A panel of guest judges will vote on the winner from each of the other four categories.

Winners in each category will win a set of passes (up to 6) to one Overland Park attraction of their choice, in addition to bragging rights for the year. The grand prize winner in the People’s Choice contest will receive a set of passes to two Overland Park attractions of their choice (up to 6 passes per attraction).

Choices include: Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, Matt Ross Community Center, Tomahawk Ridge Community Center, Museum at Prairie Fire or the Johnson County Museum.

General

  • All ages and abilities are welcome to participate.
  • Use chalk pastels (no oil pastels!) or sidewalk chalk at home on a sidewalk, paved driveway, or other off-street concrete or asphalt surface you have access to.
  • The only material besides sidewalk chalk allowed is thinned tempera paint, which may only be used as an undercoat to prepare the surface.
  • Seek permission before chalking in an area that is not your own private property.
  • Be safe! Keep chalking activity away from vehicle traffic.

Subject Matter

  • The City of Overland Park reserves the right to omit any inappropriate subject matter entered from display on the city website. Inappropriate subject matter includes any political statements, including campaign endorsement messages, commercial advertisements, or hate speech.
  • Participants who create art with any of the following subject matter will not be featured in the online public gallery and will be disqualified from judging: violence, pornography, blood and gore, hateful imagery or inflammatory messages toward any individual or groups of people, logos, websites, or commercial messages.