Inspired by the “Chalk Riot” workshop led by UA High School student Chelsea Ritter during last year’s UA Idea Day, several students decided to expand this idea to give students the opportunity to change the environment of the existing high school through a series of temporary small art projects. The student-led committee called the project Art Take Over.
With restricted access to the Upper Arlington High School as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Art Take Over has been expanded and partnered with Love Out Loud to create Chalk Week, June 7-13!
This event invites all members of the community to get outside–while social distancing–to create positive chalk art that shows support and appreciation for friends, family and neighbors. During the week-long event, Art Take Over also invites everyone to participate in a scavenger hunt with the chance to win gift cards from your favorite local Upper Arlington businesses. It’s easy to participate, start by finding chalk drawings of the Art Take Over design (similar to the one pictured above) in the following outdoor locations:
• Cardiff Woods
• Mallway Park
• Municipal Services Center
• Northam Park Centennial Plaza
• Northam Park Reading Garden
• Reed Road Park
• Sunny 95 Park
• Miller Park
*Need a hint before you get started? Each drawing is located near a public art sculpture.
After you locate each chalk drawing, take a picture and directly message @ua_arttakeover on Facebook or Instagram or email all photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. At least one person in your group must be included in each picture. For a chance to win a gift card, you need to find and submit photos of six out of the eight chalk drawings before June 14. Winners will be contacted within two weeks once the scavenger hunt has ended. Good luck!
This fun event has been made possible by a grant from the Upper Arlington Education Foundation and support from the City of Upper Arlington Cultural Arts Division.