The streets and sidewalks for several blocks of East Houston Street turned into canvases on Saturday as hundreds of children, adults, musicians, and artists, took to the streets to draw colorful chalk designs, stencil works, and portraits for Artpace‘s 13th annual Chalk It Up event. The free community festival features murals by local artists and community organizations as well as art-making and educational activities for kids.

Artpace, the contemporary art organization and artist residency program located in the heart of downtown, works with 14,000 students in San Antonio every year and has continued to spearhead Chalk It Up to create awareness for the importance of artistic expression in San Antonio.

“Chalk It Up has become a galvanizing community event for downtown San Antonio,” Artpace Executive Director Veronique Le Melle told the Rivard Report Wednesday. “It is really the premier time that San Antonians can come out and (show) their personal artistic expression.”

Children and adults alike enjoyed live music, snacks and meals from nearby food trucks, performances, and more. Several high school and middle school student groups worked on collaborative pieces of art together and other participants wrote haikus on black pieces of paper which were then hung on a string with clothespins for all to see.

It’s not too late to check it out for yourself. Chalk it Up continues Saturday until 4 p.m.

To learn more about Artpace, click here.

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