By Charles Wagoner
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Art in the Park, Northeast Florida’s only Chalk Drawing competition, returns to Jacksonville, presented by YaYa Productions, Friends of James Weldon Johnson Park, and made possible through a generous grant from the PNC Foundation. For the inaugural event in 2020, several illustrious artists joined the competition including Christopher Clark, Elena Ohlander, Roosevelt Watson III, and Ian and Danielle Cleary of HeartSpace Art.
WHAT: During the competition, artists of all ages will have up to six hours to create a work of art entirely from chalk. Visitors to the park will be able to watch the art happening right before their eyes, talk to the artists and vote on which ones they like best.
The theme for 2022 will be “My Wish for Jacksonville – Celebrating The Next 200 Years” in honor of Jacksonville’s upcoming bicentennial celebration. Participants will be given chalk and other tools to create their sidewalk art. Once the time is up, esteemed judges in the art community will visit each piece and vote on their favorites. Combined with the public vote, there will be first, second and third place prizes in three categories: Main Artists, High School Student, and Middle School Student.
WHERE: James Weldon Johnson Park, 135 W Monroe St, Jacksonville, FL 32202
WHEN: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sat., March 26, 2022