Chalk Walk: A Festival of Street Paintings + Chalk Murals Will Transform Tempe Marketplace into a Colorful Canvas on April 27
All roads lead to creativity as talented artists transform the sidewalks of Tempe Marketplace into beautiful works of art during Chalk Walk: A Festival of Street Paintings + Chalk Murals, a family-friendly event on Saturday April 27th from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Visitors to the Marketplace will watch as local muralists create spectacular painted works throughout the shopping center and will have the opportunity to translate their inspiration into their own colorful creations.
After several successful years in existence, the Tempe Marketplace Chalk Art Festival has evolved to include acrylic painting as a medium used by artists at the festival, in addition to pastel chalk. The new format invites artists to craft eye-popping, dimension-bending illustrations on 5-by-5-foot canvas murals on the walkways, in just 6 short hours, while the permanent canvases will allow the murals to be enjoyed long after the festival concludes.
Inspired guests can head over to Chalk Art Avenue located near Dave and Buster’s and create their very own mural masterpiece. Participation is FREE to all attendees. Pastel chalk and artist instruction will be provided at no cost.
“Given the festival’s long history in the community, we are excited to present the re-envisioned format and continue to showcase the work of so many talented artists from around the state, while holding true to some of the most beloved aspects of the event” says Emilie Andrews, Tempe Marketplace Senior Marketing Director.
Vestar, Tempe Marketplace’s parent company, continues to support the arts year round. Chalk Walk is yet another example of the center’s dedication to driving economic development and cultural placemaking through the arts. In 2018, Vestar received the coveted Arizona Governor’s Arts Award, recognizing their continued support for the arts. In Arizona, Vestar works with hundreds of musicians and visual artists throughout the year, in addition to hosting numerous arts-based festivals, events and installations.
“Tempe Marketplace provides tremendous support to artists and the local creative economy,” said Kate Marquez, Founder of the Arizona Business Committee for the Arts. “We are proud to continue to partner with them on this outstanding community festival and bring street painting to Tempe.”
Tempe Marketplace Street Painting Festival
When: Saturday, April 27, 11:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Tempe Marketplace (2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. Tempe, AZ 85281)
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About Tempe Marketplace
Second to none, Tempe Marketplace is the ultimate interactive shopping, dining and entertainment experience in greater Phoenix. Situated in a vibrant, high-energy outdoor environment, it’s a shopper’s paradise, a diner’s dream and a resident’s cultural hub. True to its marketplace name, there’s something for everyone as more than 100 retailers and restaurants call the 1.3 million-square-foot retail destination home. The center’s dramatic lights and eye-catching laser elements give it a modern and energetic feel, yet the gathering spaces and entertainment areas make it a warm community hub. Located in the heart of the Valley at the Loop 101 and 202 crossroads, Tempe Marketplace is minutes from Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Chandler and Gilbert. For more information, visit
One of the leading privately held real estate companies in the western United States, Vestar specializes in the acquisition, management, and development of commercial real estate, including entertainment-retail complexes, power and lifestyle centers, and neighborhood centers of varying size and scale that serve as community shopping destinations with a unique sense of place. For more information, please visit www.vestar.com.
About Arizona Business Committee for the Arts
The Arizona Business Committee for the Arts is a program of the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance, a not-for-profit organization that exists to ensure that, through engagement in arts and culture, our communities produce strong, inspired citizens. AZBCA enlists artists, businesses, governments, and individuals to expand artistic and cultural opportunities in their respective communities. To enhance access to the arts and to promote cultural awareness in the communities it serves, AZBCA presents large-scale festivals, events and other programs. For more information, please visit www.saaca.org.
Oro Valley Spring Festival of the Arts to Host Over 150 Artists, Acoustic Traditions Band Contest and Interactive Art Experiencesfor the Whole Family
The partnership between Oro Valley Marketplace and Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance continues with this community-minded event that celebrates Southern Arizona
On March 30 & 31, the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA) and the Oro Valley Marketplace, in partnership with the Town of Oro Valley and sponsored by Pima Federal Credit Union, continues their series of arts experiences with the annual Spring Festival of the Arts. This FREE two day festival will feature over 150 local artists selling a variety of unique art pieces ranging in style from hand blown glass and delicately carved wooden statues to intricately woven shawls and towering metal saguaros. Attendees can also enjoy the inaugural Acoustic Traditions Band Contest on Saturday, which will feature 5 local bands battling it out for $700 in cash prizes and a chance to play at the 2020 Marana Bluegrass Festival. Sunday will also featured a full line up of live performances and guests can enjoy an array of food trucks and plenty of exciting free art activities for the whole family throughout the weekend.
"Southern Arizona is rich with extraordinary talent and passion," says SAACA Executive Director, Kate Marquez. "As Tucson's creative industries continue to develop, these festivals are a natural way to cultivate continued growth within the community. The arts encompass a broad spectrum of our local economy, and SAACA is dedicated to investing in their advancement."
Live Entertainment Schedule:
SATURDAY MARCH 30
Acoustic Traditions Band Contest
Presented by SAACA and the Desert Bluegrass Association
11 AM – 11:30 AM Southern Comfort Band (Tucson, AZ)
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM Nick and Luke (Baltimore, MD / New York, NY)
12:30 PM – 1 PM Copper Wren (Tucson, AZ)
1:15 PM – 2:45 PM Grupo Riken (Tucson, AZ)
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Fair Black Rose (Chandler, AZ)
4:00 PM Awards Announcement
SUNDAY MARCH 31
10:45 AM – 11:15 Celtic Steps School of Irish Dance
11:30 AM – 12 PM Tucson Chinese Cultural Center (Featuring a traditional Lion Dance, Yo-Yo Showcase, and Chinese Fashion Show)
12:15 PM – 12:45 PM Saguaro Stompers Clog Dance Company
1 PM – 1:30 PM Lajkonik Polish Dance Group
1:45 – 2:45 Incidental Bluegrass
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Ballet Folklorico Tapatio
What to Expect at the Event:
Spring Festival of the Arts
When: Saturday, March 24, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Sunday March 25, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Oro Valley Marketplace, 12155 N Oracle Rd, Oro Valley, AZ 85737
Cost: Free Admission
Phone: (520) 797-3959
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Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance
The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA) is a not-for-profit organization that exists to promote engagement in arts and culture, helping our communities produce strong, inspired citizens. SAACA enlists artists, businesses, governments, and individuals to expand artistic and cultural opportunities in their respective communities. To enhance access to the arts and to promote cultural awareness in the communities it serves, SAACA presents large-scale festivals, events and other programs. The Alliance also promotes educational opportunities in the arts and culture for all ages.