On Tuesday evening, under a threatening sky, I led a team of young chalk artists ranging in age from 9-13 years old onto the streets of Irwin. We were there to do a bit of “pre-chalking” before tonight’s #ChalkTheBlock festivities at Art & Jazz Night sponsored by the Irwin Business & Professionals Association. We wanted to remind people to come out for the event, and to get people excited about picking up a piece of chalk and making their town beautiful, even if only temporarily.
As luck would have it, the next morning we heard from a local property owner who was less than enthusiastic about the colorful sidewalks. To the property owner’s credit, he was very kind about the situation after learning that we had been granted permission from not just one person, but two. Nevertheless, within hours, we had them scrubbed clean again, with the kind assistance of talented vocalist, Irwin Council and IBPA member Gail Macioce.
Gail was also kind enough to treat the cleaning crew to ice cream at the brand new Mrs. McFeely’s Gourmet Chocolates. Check it out next time you’re in downtown Irwin
I thought it was kind of a shame that we had to erase the kids’ artwork, but never fear! I documented it digitally and I’m sharing their exclusive, practically-never-before-seen, limited edition artwork with you right here.
You can check out some of the still-existing artwork here.
If you believe in the power of art like I do, I invite you to come out and show your support by joining us tonight on Irwin’s Main Street for our very first #ChalkTheBlock event! We’re expecting beautiful weather, jammin’ music and a great community turnout tonight!
If you’re coming, we’d love to have some donations of Crayola or other brand-name sidewalk chalk. We have plenty of the cheap stuff, but the good stuff is much more vibrant and colorful!
If you can’t make it, no problem. Follow along on your social media network of choice with the hashtag #ChalkTheBlock. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter plus—NEW!—Instagram and Vine (download the app on your smartphone: 6 second videos are SO FUN! We made 3 on Tuesday night; more to come tonight.). Help us build buzz by liking, sharing and retweeting tonight!
Thank you for all your support. We really do love the Norwin area!