Chalk the Walk

Welcome to Chalk the Walk 2021! The chalking continues this year with the theme “RE/CONNECT,” an opportunity to reconnect with your community and provide encouragement through works of art.

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. 

The City will recognize some of the best work, and you can vote for your favorite.

Important Dates

  • July 22, 23 and 26: Pick up your free bundle of chalk.
  • July 26-30: Complete your chalking.
  • July 26-Aug. 1: Upload an image of your creation online.
  • Aug. 2-6: Vote for your favorite works of art online. The winner will receive the People’s Choice award.
  • Aug. 13: All winners will be announced!


Craft your chalking with sidewalk chalk, incorporating the “RE/CONNECT” theme or any other positive messages you would like to share. We encourage you to share your works of art anytime on Facebook or Twitter. Don’t forget to include the hashtag #ChalktheWalkOP!

Before you work on your chalk creation, keep these rules in mind.


  • Use sidewalk chalk or chalk pastels at home on a sidewalk, paved driveway, or other off-street concrete or asphalt surface to which you have access.
  • Do not work in the street or near traffic, as this can pose a safety hazard.
  • Make sure you have permission before working in an area that is not your own private property.


  • You can use one-inch diameter sidewalk chalk. You’re welcome to experiment with smaller, softer textured artist chalk pastels for more intense colors. 
  • We will not accept images of paintings or other media on other surfaces. Only non-oil-based pastels are allowed.
  • Diluted tempera paint may be used as a thin wash of undercoat. It’s the only paint allowed to be used as an undercoat for your artwork.

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 and 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.


Online voting for awards is underway. Awards for this year’s Chalk the Walk include:

  • People’s Choice
  • Best Use of a Street or Sidewalk Blemish
  • Best Art Under 12 Years Old
  • Best Use of the Theme
  • Uplifting Works of Art
Vote for Your Favorite Chalking

Winners will be announced here and on social media on or before Friday, Aug. 13.


Erin Ollig