Attention artists: It’s time to register for the Idaho Statesman's fifth annual July Fourth Chalk Art Festival

In its five years, the Idaho Statesman Chalk Art Festival has become a central part of Boise’s Fourth of July celebration, drawing thousands to Ann Morrison Park during the day to watch dozens of artists create chalk art murals on the park’s cement walkways.

It’s a wonderful way to celebrate art and creativity in our community and be part of the festivities that culminate at dusk with the Boise City’s choreographed Fireworks display.

This year you also can celebrate the Idaho Statesman’s 150th Anniversary by drawing murals inspired by Statesman history, headlines and historic photos — anything that represents the role the newspaper has played in our community for the past 150 years.

This year’s featured artists are former Disney animator Geoff Everts, Treasure Valley Artists Alliance co-founder Melissa Chambers, Boise artist Lauren T. Kistner and multiple People’s Choice winner Danielle Mierzwa. You can see their work and learn more about them here. We will be announcing more featured artists, prizes and fun features in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.

Here’s how it works

Register in youth and adult categories: $10 for ages 12-17; $15 for 18 and older and $20 for a team of up to four in either category. Your registration price includes sidewalk chalk and artist’s pastels provided by Craft Warehouse. Click here to register.

Kids younger than 12 can create their own masterpieces in nearby supervised fun area — Chalkland — for free from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Drawing starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. A panel of artist judges will award prizes at 5 p.m. at the Idaho Statesman’s Chalk Art Tent. Awards will be given in People’s Choice, First, Second and Third Prizes in youth and adult categories, plus a special award for murals in the Statesman 150 Category.

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