Sidewalks in downtown Newton will come alive with color during Youthville’s Third Annual Chalk Art Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
The event is presented by Youthville’s Expressive Arts Center.
The Chalk Art Festival is an opportunity for people of all ages to experience a day of expressive arts in downtown Newton.
In case of rain, the festival will be June 19.
The free event will feature artist demonstrations from more than 25 artists around Kansas.
Everyone will have the opportunity to create their own sidewalk chalk art, and there will be live music and ice cream.
“For the children of Youthville, participation in chalk art may be a way to create lasting childhood memories, and, for adults, it may be a way to reminisce about their past and better connect with and understand the children in Youthville’s care,” said Micala Gingrich-Gaylord, Expressive Arts Center coordinator.
The featured artists’ completed pieces then will be on display at the Carriage Factory Gallery in downtown Newton for a silent auction.
The auction will conclude at a special reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on June 17.
Also on display at the Carriage Factory Gallery is Youthville’s “Walk A Mile” exhibit, a project serving disadvantaged youth in Youthville’s care through artistic expression.
Newton Medical Center and Hutchinson Credit Union are key sponsors for the Third Annual Chalk Art Festival.
In addition, Newton Public Library is partnering with Youthville during its 2010 Flower and Garden Tour, which will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Youthville’s Expressive Arts Center on the Newton campus was established to give disadvantaged youth a creative place to express their experiences through art.
It offers an array of programs, including: incentives for improved behaviors, outings, recreation and opportunities for service in the community.
These programs allow the children to reframe their difficult life experience to help them create new tools for coping.
Youthville’s vision is to provide the best sources of help to children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected with its mission of Giving Children Back Their Childhood.
More than 3,000 children are cared for annually by Youthville.
To learn more or to get involved with Youthville, visit www.youthville.org.