Palm Springs Sun Up Rotary's Third Annual Chalk Art Festival Raises Funds for Arts Programs

Palm Springs Sun Up Rotary's Annual Chalk Art Festival benefits Palm Springs Unified School District arts programs and Polio Plus, a program of Rotary International focused on ending Polio in our lifetime. Taking place Saturday, March 16, 2013.
 
 
Chalk Art Lincoln portrait. Part of Chalk Art Festival 2012.
Chalk Art Lincoln portrait. Part of Chalk Art Festival 2012.
 
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Feb. 6, 2013 - PRLog -- Palm Springs, CA  - The Third Annual Chalk Art Festival (http://www.PalmSpringsSunUpRotary.org) is scheduled to take place March 16, 2013 in Downtown Palm Springs near the Forever Marilyn statue. Professional artists will compete for cash prizes including $500 grand prize. The student competition is for K-12th graders with a $250 grand prize.  The Annual Chalk Art Festival was created by the Palm Springs Sun Up Rotary and is sponsored by the City of Palm Springs Public Arts Commission.

“Two years ago we heard about budget cuts hitting arts programs at PSUSD,” says Diane Sampson, Sun Up Rotary President, “Arts programs help students learn and excel and that is what drove us to do the festival.” Funds raised for the Palm Springs Sun Up Rotary Foundation through the event will again benefit Palm Springs Unified School District arts programs and Polio Plus, a program of Rotary International focused on ending Polio in our lifetime.

The two categories for entering the competition are “Professional,” which is for artists and adults, and  “Students,” which is for K-12th graders. Registration forms and fees are found online at http://www.PalmSpringsSunUpRotary.org and must be submitted by March 9, 2013. There will be no on-site applications for the competition.

Event entry is free to the public. The overall event is for the whole family and includes a Kids Zone with activities and a free chalk art area for kids who do not want to be in the competition. The main stage will feature music and live entertainment. For the adults there will be a beer garden provided by Palm Springs restaurant BAR (BarWasTaken.com).     Judging will take place at 3:30pm and winners will be announced at 4:00pm at the main stage.  It all takes place in Saturday, March 16, 2013 from 9am to 4pm in Downtown Palm Springs next to “Forever Marilyn” on the corner of Palm Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way.

Proceeds from application fees and a portion of the beer garden will go to support Palm Springs SunUp Rotary Foundation’s contribution to Palm Springs Unified School District art education Programs and Polio Plus. The Chalk Art Festival is presented by Palm Springs Sun-up Rotary Club and City of Palm Springs Public Arts Commission.

Palm Springs Sun-Up Rotary is part of Rotary International an international service club whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. To learn more about Rotary you can visit their web site http://www.PalmSpringsSunUpRotary.org or their Facebook Page.
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