March 23, 2022 [Knoxville, Tennessee] – Knoxville's favorite live art competition is back and in-person! The Dogwood Arts Chalk Walk returns to Downtown Knoxville on Saturday, April 2nd with a myriad of new elements for the community to enjoy. The 2022 event will feature an expanded footprint, extending out of Market Square and down Market Street past the East Tennessee Historical Society where attendees can experience the brand new SideWalk of Fame, several food trucks, and a blooming beer garden. Event organizers have expanded the footprint to ease congested areas in Market Square, add additional space for artists, and create an overall better experience for event attendees.
• Event Date: Saturday, April 2nd in Market Square, Downtown Knoxville
• Artists Working: 8AM-5PM
• Award Ceremony: 7PM (Market Square Stage)
Over 150 artists and collaborative teams will turn Downtown Knoxville sidewalks into vast canvases for all to enjoy. There are 12 competition categories including: Elementary (Single & Collaborative), Middle School (Single & Collaborative), High School (Single & Collaborative), College (Single & Collaborative), Adult (Single & Collaborative), Family, and the brand new SideWalk of Fame category. The SideWalk of Fame will feature six ‘Chalk Walk All-Stars’ including: Sonia Summers, Cathryn Bozone, Cody Swaggerty, Summer Small, Jessi Queen, and Ryne Sandberg.
Artists will work from 8AM-5PM on their squares — cash prizes and ribbons are awarded to select artists who have created imaginative and inspiring artworks in their age division.
Kids Chalk Free! Kids of all ages can also create their own chalk masterpieces with free chalk provided by First Horizon Bank in the First Horizon Fun Zone—located on Union Avenue between Urban Outfitters and Tupelo Honey. The People’s Choice Award, presented by WIVK FM-107.7, will allow guests to text-to-vote for their favorite square.
Chalk Walk is sponsored by ORNL Federal Credit Union, First Horizon, Cherokee Distributing, Downtown Knoxville Alliance, Hamarki Wellness, City of Knoxville, Tennessee Arts Commission, Jerry's Artarama, and T-Mobile. Dogwood Arts, presented by ORNL Federal Credit Union, is a 501(c)3 organization with a mission to promote and celebrate our region’s art, culture, and natural beauty.