Sidewalk Arts Festival

2015 Sidewalk Arts Festival in Savannah

Saturday, April 25

Savannah, GA

Forsyth Park

Between Drayton and Whitaker streets

Chalk the walk

The paved walkways of Savannah's scenic Forsyth Park spring to life at SCAD’s 34th annual Sidewalk Arts Festival. In a tradition nearly as old as the university itself, SCAD students, alumni and high school students create colorful chalk masterpieces and compete for coveted prizes.

Registration is now open

An open-air art gallery

The sidewalk artists represent SCAD’s many areas of study, producing a diverse spectrum of chalk art inspired by distinct styles, backgrounds, interests, cultures and disciplines. See artwork from previous years

The festival is diverse too — this year, international cultural offerings, music and food vendors make this the perfect event for all ages.

Pictures come to life

Experience the art of tableaux vivants — or “living pictures” — at this year’s festival. In this type of display, actors and models depict a scene while remaining silent and motionless, as if in a picture. Particular emphasis is placed on staging, pose, costume, make-up, lighting and facial expression. The Sidewalk Arts Festival tableau vivant is created by SCAD staff, faculty and students.

Share your experience and follow the action with #scadchalk

Claim your square

On Saturday, April 25, transform Forsyth Park into an open-air gallery lined with colorful works of chalk art. The competition is open to SCAD students and SCAD alumni, as well as high school juniors and seniors.

SCAD student registration

Undergraduate and graduate students must register using MySCAD, beginning Wednesday, April 1, through noon, Tuesday, April 21. SCAD students also have the option of collaborating with other SCAD students to be judged in the group competition.

To register for a square at the Sidewalk Arts Festival:

  • Log on to MySCAD.
  • Click on the Resources tab.
  • In the Forms channel dropdown menu, select "Events."
  • Click and open the "Sidewalk Arts Square Registration" form.

NOTE: Graduate students should identify themselves as graduate students, and register for a square in the graduate section of the park.

Group registration for SCAD students

Students who wish to register as a group will only need to complete one Sidewalk Arts Square Registration form, as described above. They will be asked to provide SCAD ID numbers for all group members, along with their group name.

There are no limitations on number of members per group. Each group will be assigned one square per member up to a maximum of three squares per group. Each group will receive one box of chalk per square, and all members of the group must be present to receive chalk.

SCAD alumni registration

In conjunction with Family and Alumni Weekend, the Sidewalk Arts Festival offers the perfect opportunity for a return visit to SCAD and a chance to catch up with old friends while creating chalk-art masterpieces and competing against fellow alumni for coveted prizes.

SCAD alumni must register for their squares at the Alumni Tent in Forsyth Park on the day of the event. In preparation, review the contest guidelines and begin brainstorming the concept for your square.

Group registration for SCAD alumni

There are no limitations on number of members per group. Each group will be assigned one square per member up to a maximum of three squares per group. Each group will receive one box of chalk per square, and all members of the group must be present to receive chalk.

High school student registration

High school juniors and seniors are encouraged to participate in our high school competition. Put your artistic skills to the test, and experience the creative SCAD environment.

High school students must register in advance of the festival to compete for shopSCAD gift cards. Review the contest guidelines and start sketching out your vision for your square.

Register as an individual high school student

Group registration for high school students
If you are a high school teacher or administrator, you may register several junior and senior students at one time to compete in the high school competition. Each student registered within your group will be assigned one square and receive one box of chalk. Squares will be judged individually.

Register as a group of high school students


If you have any questions about registration, call 912.525.4400 or send an email to involvement@scad.edu.


SCAD undergraduate students, graduate students, alumni and prospective students (high school juniors and seniors) compete in their respective categories, judged by esteemed art and design professionals, for coveted cash prizes.

Spirit Award: $1,500
Best of Show: $1,000
American Greetings Award for “Happiness, Laughter and Love” theme: $1,000
Cultural Heritage Award: $750
Graduate Student Award: $500
Gray’s Reef Award: $350
Drawing Minor Award: $100

SCAD student (individual)
First place: $700
Second place: $350

SCAD students (group)
First place: $800
Second place: $600

SCAD alumni
First place: $700
Second place: $350

For the first time in its history, the Sidewalk Arts Festival will feature a cultural heritage competition for current SCAD students and alumni. To be eligible for this award, the artwork must represent unique and diverse culture.

High school students
First place: $200 shopSCAD gift card
Second place: $100 shopSCAD gift card
Third place: $50 shopSCAD gift card

Contest rules

  • Each drawing must remain within the designated square area.
  • No spray fixatives may be used.
  • Use only the chalk distributed for the competition.
  • Only one box of chalk will be provided for each square.
  • Drawing on buildings, trees or any surfaces other than assigned squares is not permitted.
  • The primary design of a square must be created in chalk.
  • No materials may be used that emit offensive odors or cause potential annoyances to other artists or festival guests.
  • Three-dimensional elements may be incorporated into square designs. These must not exceed the square area, cannot exceed two feet in height and must be removed by the artist no later than 5 p.m.
  • The festival is a family event. Any artwork that contains nudity, profanity or other content deemed inappropriate by festival officials will be removed.
  • Only students who have registered for the competition will be eligible to receive prize money. Participants must be present to collect the awarded prize.
  • Judges or festival officials can disqualify artists for failure to adhere to any of the above guidelines.

Schedule of events

  • Chalk distribution begins at 10 a.m.
  • Pick up your chalk by 11 a.m. at the distribution tent. Unclaimed squares will be released if participants are not checked in by 11 a.m.
  • You will be given a map to locate your square.
  • You may begin drawing at 11 a.m. You are encouraged to begin on time to ensure quality work.
  • Judging begins at 2 p.m.
  • Results are announced at about 4 p.m.


Graduate students


Undergraduate students




Prospective students

After the competition

When you finish snapping photos of your favorite sidewalk paintings — and tagging your posts with #scadchalk — find a spot on the lawn to enjoy some good food and music.

Be sure to check out other Family and Alumni Weekend activities. Take a tour of SCAD to learn more about our programs and visit the SCAD Museum of Art to see the latest exhibitions on display.

Parking and accommodations

Metered parking is available throughout downtown and parking is free on Saturdays and Sundays. For those interested in spending the weekend in Savannah, SCAD has carefully compiled a selection of hotel options, which may offer discounts to SCAD guests who identify as such when making reservations.

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