West Michigan Chalk Art Festival

June 18-19, 2021

The Byron Community Wellness Foundation is proud to sponsor and welcome artists and visitors back to the West Michigan Chalk Art Festival. We are working to have a bigger, better, and safe return to this exciting and colorful festival.

The WMCAF Committee, along with the management at Tanger Outlet Mall, are closely monitoring COVID related guidelines and will follow recommendations for returning to a safe and enjoyable event for artists and the public to attend.

Bring the whole family, your friends, and neighbors. You can participate as an artist or just walk, view, and experience the art at your feet. Welcome back!

This event is brought to you by the Byron Community Wellness Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

West Michigan Chalk Art Festival
West Michigan Chalk Art Festival

Festival Info

Friday - June 18

8am - 6pm Registration
Artists chalking
12pm - 9pm Art viewing open to public

Saturday - June 19

8am - 12pm Registration
8am - 4pm Artists chalking
11am - 3pm KidsChalk Event
KidsChalk Event is for children 11 years old and younger. It is a free event and chalk is provided. Please note: Depending on COVID restrictions at the time, The KidsChalk event may be cancelled or restricted.
Family fun with caricature artist, DJ, and more!
3pm - 5pm Judging of art
6pm Chalk art awards
9am - 9pm Art viewing open to public

Sunday - June 20

11am - 6pm Finished chalk artwork open to public viewing

Location

Tanger Outlets - Grand Rapids
Tanger Outlets - Grand Rapids
350 84th Street SW
Byron Center, MI 49315
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WMCAF Map

Awards

    • Adult
    • 1st Place
      $1000
    • 2nd Place
      $500
    • 3rd Place
      $250
    • 4th Place
      $100
    • Youth
    • 1st Place
      $100
    • 2nd Place
      $50
    • 3rd Place
      $25
    • Peopleʼs Choice
    • Public Vote
      $500
    • Artistic
    • Best Team / Family
      $100
    • Best 3D
      $100
    • Best Photo Rendition
      $100
    • Most Humorous
      $100
    • Best Use of Color
      $100
    • Best Use of Wellness Theme
      $200

*Additional awards subject to sponsorship & funding.
**West Michigan Chalk Art Festival Committee reserves the right to limit the number of regular category awards to an individual artist.
The People’s Choice award is by popular vote and may be awarded to an artist who wins or places any of the regular categories.

Artists

The West Michigan Chalk Art Festival invites everyone of all ages to show their creativity in this unique art form. Assigned art squares are approximately 7’ x 7' and chalk will be provided.

    • Adult$35 per square
    • 18 years and older
    • Additional spaces:
      2 for $45 or 3-4 for $55*
    • Youth$25 per square
    • 12-17 years old
    • Adults can cheer, but cannot do the art.
    • Additional spaces:
      2 for $35 or 3-4 for $45*
    • Family/Team$25 per square
    • Enter as a Family, Church, School, Service Group or Business.
    • 4 members maximum per family or team. Each family / team member must register as a participant.
    • Additional spaces:
      2 for $35 or 3-4 for $45*

*Spaces are limited. Larger spaces may also be available. Please contact us for more information.

Guidelines & Rules for Chalk Artists (PDF) West Michigan Chalk Art Festival

"Art is a social function." - Paul Collins

"One of my ah ha moments is being able to come together with our youth and be energized with them through the arts!"Paul Collins

"Art is a social function."Paul Collins

"Art is food for the soul - I canʼt wait to be at the table with the kids at the Chalk Art Festival."Paul Collins

"My role is to try and make young people understand what art really is and the role it plays in our everyday lives. It surrounds us, embrace it in all forms."Paul Collins

WMCAF KidsChalk

Free Kids Chalk Event!

The Kids Chalk Event, for children under the age of 11, will be held Saturday, June 19. This is a free event. It will take place at the West Michigan Chalk Art Festival at Tanger Outlet Mall from 11am to 3pm. The theme is “Health and Wellness.” Children are encouraged to use their creativity to create art depicting a health or wellness theme. Some examples will be available to help spark their creativity. Pieces of chalk will also be provided. Local artists will be available to help give the kids some tips. And who knows, you might have the next Van Gogh on your hands!

Register

Adults, kids, families, and teams are invited to register as artists in the West Michigan Chalk Art Festival. Team and Family participants may also register as individual artists to showcase their own talents.

Download PDF

Download an artist registration form to get involved. Remember, each member of a Team or Family must register individually.

One complimentary West Michigan Chalk Art T-Shirt will be provided for each adult, team, or family registration. Purchase additional Chalk Art Festival T-Shirts for other family members, team members, or kids.

Chalk: 24 pieces of rich pastel chalk will be provided for each registered person or team. Additional chalk will be available for an additional cost. Artists are also welcome to bring their own chalk.

Register Online Now Download Registration Form (PDF)

"I believe that making and viewing art can have beneficial effects on our health and well-being. Perhaps the pursuit of art on a regular basis may be a key to healing our minds and bodies." Kim Blair, Edmonton AB, Canada

Volunteer

Volunteers will be needed in many areas throughout the Festival. We will need volunteers to help with registration, handing out supplies, and providing directions for artists and guests.

As a volunteer, we ask the following:

  • Volunteers need to be willing to dedicate at least four hours to the event.
  • Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult volunteer or service group adult leader.
  • Most volunteer jobs will involve a lot of walking.
  • Most volunteer jobs will involve being in the sun. Bring sunscreen!
Volunteer Registration Form (PDF) Volunteer at WMCAF

Contact Us

Snail Mail, E-Mail, or Carrier Pigeon

  • West Michigan Chalk Art Festival
    c/o Byron Community Wellness Foundation
    PO Box 384
    Byron Center, MI 49315