Sidewalk Arts Festival

2015 Sidewalk Arts Festival in Savannah

Saturday, April 25

Savannah, GA

Forsyth Park

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, students, alumni and prospective students create colorful chalk masterpieces and compete for coveted prizes.

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, a tableau vivant art installation, a children’s chalk-drawing area, music and food vendors make this the perfect event for all ages.

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.

Registration will be available on April 1 and will be open to SCAD students, SCAD alumni and high school students, as well. Participants will be able to register as individuals or as groups, with no limitations on the number of members per group.

Start planning your designs now, and check back on April 1 to register!


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.

Best of Show: $1,000
American Greetings Award: $1,000
Graduate Student Award: $500
Drawing Minor Award: $100
Cultural Heritage Award: $750

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.


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.

Apart from the competition squares, junior artists inspired by the sights can get their hands dusty in the children's chalk-drawing area.

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.

Learn more about all Savannah has to offer, and discover why Travel + Leisure magazine named it one of "America's Best Cities."