For The Arts
Boston's festival of spirit and
four downtown locations!
year, Boston's beloved folk artist SIDEWALK SAM
hosts a lively lunch hour festival for companies,
non-profit groups and agencies called "Chalk
One Up for the Arts." It's a chance to show
off your Company Spirit on sidewalks all over
In the third week of August, hundreds
of companies and thousands of employees take a
lunch break, join throngs of people outside, crouch
down on the ground and create chalk drawings on
the sidewalk that show their company spirit.
CEOs, lawyers, accountants, bankers,
government workers, secretaries and interns from
companies throughout Boston draw on the sidewalk
along with Boston cultural nonprofits, children's
groups and neighborhood organizations. Everyone
joins in to show their spirit together and express
their pride in Boston's rich cultural diversity.
The results are astonishing!
Companies throughout Boston participate
- you don't have to be an artist to show your
spirit! People are applauded for doodling a heart,
an apple, a sun up in the sky, their company name
- or stick figures (people that draw like a child
get the most applause). Co-workers enjoy it when
someone in their company draws. Tens of thousands
of pedestrians walk by and see the artworks -
and thank participating companies for their show
of spirit. No wonder companies like to draw!
Companies that are unable to draw
have nonprofit organizations, schools and neighborhood
groups appointed to draw for them.
We think Boston will look its best
when your company shows its spirit, too! So, please
join in the fun, invite your employees to draw
and be part of a creative lunch-hour festival
that celebrates company spirit and the marvelous
creative diversity that defines Boston.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CHALK
"Chalk One Up" - Show Your Company
The City of Boston gives participating
companies squares of sidewalk with their corporate
name on each square. ArtStreet provides wonderful
boxes of professional colored chalks so everyone
can create a beautiful drawing. Musicians, poets
and entertainers add a festival atmosphere throughout
the lunch hour. In 2004, over 130,000 people attended
Companies send out individuals, or teams of employees
to chalk on the sidewalk. Often different departments,
or groups of employees in a company have a friendly
competition. Companies that can't draw ask to
have neighborhood groups, nonprofit organizations
or school children draw pictures for them. Companies
can also invite nonprofit groups that they support
throughout the year to create chalk drawings right
alongside their own employees. Companies are pre-registered
for their chalk drawings and their donations help
support Art Street's community arts programs during
the entire year.
Pedestrians are invited to vote on their favorite
artworks by placing gold stickers on the chalk
drawings they like the best. Artworks that inspire
the most votes earn prize ribbons and recognition.
The "Get to Know Boston Arts"
A special feature of the Festival is
the "Get to Know Boston Arts" Expo at
City Hall Plaza on August 17. Over 50 of Boston's
leading cultural organizations participate in
the Expo - the Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston
Symphony Orchestra, the Ford Hall Forum and the
Boston Writers' Room are just a few of the cultural
groups that participate. It is a great chance
for companies to let their employees meet arts
organizations large and small and see what they
A "PASSPORT to the
ARTS" for children
A variety of arts and educational activities
for youths are presented at COPLEY SQUARE and
GOVERNMENT CENTER locations. From music workshops,
dance and movement demonstrations, to poetry,
calligraphy and storytelling with ASL interpretations,
the PASSPORT provides children with a wide opportunity
to experience the cultural diversity of Boston.
Large groups are asked to pre-register.
Chalk One Up for Boston is managed by the 501c3
nonprofit organization, ArtStreet. ArtStreet,
led by the famous public artist Sidewalk Sam,
is an organization of artists, musicians, dancers,
actors and business people who have joined together
with companies and everyone who loves the arts
and cultural diversity to bring artistic expression
and good spirit into the daily life of cities.
Donations supplied by corporations for Chalk One
Up support the yearlong activities of ArtStreet
and Sidewalk Sam in Boston's neighborhoods. Please
visit our website: www.sidewalksam.com and get
involved in other ArtStreet activities throughout
Chalk One Up - now in its tenth year - is sponsored
by State Street Corporation, Cabot Corporation,
Bank of America and many other wonderful Boston
corporations. In cooperation with the City of
Boston and Mayor Tom Menino, the festival provides
a special way to let Boston companies, nonprofit
organizations, schools and neighborhood groups
come together and show their spirit.
Chalk One Up For Boston is an official City of
Boston festival, a lunchtime corporate event and
a community arts celebration all rolled into one.
Join Art Street and the City of Boston, show off
your company's spirit and express your pride in
Boston's rich cultural diversity!