Savannah's sidewalks spring to life at 2017 Sidewalk Arts Festival

Saturday, April 29

Savannah, GA

Forsyth Park, between Drayton and Whitaker streets

Watch as talented SCAD artists bring a splash of color to scenic Forsyth Park at the 36th annual Sidewalk Arts Festival. SCAD students, alumni and high school students create colorful chalk masterpieces and compete for coveted prizes in this tradition that’s nearly as old as the university itself.

Open-air art gallery

The artists represent many areas of study offered by SCAD and produce a diverse spectrum of chalk art inspired by distinct styles, backgrounds, interests, cultures and disciplines. Check out last year's artwork.

With its vibrant chalk drawings, music and food, Sidewalk Arts Festival promises a great time for the whole family.

Share your experience and follow the action with #scadchalk.

Claim your square

Transform Forsyth Park into an open-air gallery lined with colorful works of chalk art. The competition is open to SCAD students, SCAD alumni and high school students.

SCAD student registration

Registration will open noon, April 1, 2017. Check back for online registration information. Squares are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Register early to ensure a square.

There are a limited number of standby squares available on the day of the event. These squares will be assigned if a registered participant fails to check in or if prospective and alumni spots are not completely filled. Space is not guaranteed.

SCAD alumni registration

In conjunction with Family and Alumni Weekend, the Sidewalk Arts Festival offers the perfect opportunity for a return visit to SCAD. Catch up with old friends while you create chalk art masterpieces and compete 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 to brainstorm the concept for your square.

Group registration for SCAD alumni

There are no limitations on the 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 students are encouraged to put their artistic skills to the test and experience the creative SCAD environment. Registering in advance is required to compete for Ex Libris gift cards. Review contest guidelines and start sketching out your ideas in advance.

Registration opens April 1.

Group registration for high school students

If you are a high school teacher or administrator, you may register several 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.

Registration opens April 1.


Current SCAD students with questions about registration can call 912.525.4400 or email involvement@scad.edu.

High school students with questions can call 912.525.5100 or email admission@scad.edu.

Alumni with questions should call 912.525.4653 or email alumni@scad.edu.


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

Spirit Award: $1,500
SCAD Spirit squares must include a bee and an acorn and embrace the creativity of the university's culture and history, global growth, international community and inspiring artistic culture.

Best of Show: $1,200

Graduate Student Award: $700

SCAD student (individual)
First place: $1,000
Second place: $800

SCAD students (group)
First place: $1,000
Second place: $800

SCAD alumni
First place: $1,000
Second place: $800

High school students
First place: $200 Ex Libris gift card
Second place: $100 Ex Libris gift card
Third place: $50 Ex Libris 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 2 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 commences at 1 p.m. and concludes at 3 p.m.
  • Results are announced at approximately 4 p.m.


Graduate students


Undergraduate students




Prospective students

After the competition

After snapping photos of your favorite sidewalk chalk art and tagging your posts with #scadchalk, find a spot on the lawn to enjoy good food and live 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 compiled a selection of hotels which may offer discounts to SCAD guests who identify as such when making reservations.