For the first time, Arts Street students, staff and board members made a chalk drawing on Larimer Street during the 10th annual Denver Chalk Arts Festival, June 2 & 3.
The Octopus was designed by Arts Street alum Julian Brier, who now works at the Accelerator. The team completed the piece BOTH DAYS.
Why, both days, you ask. Our Octopus ‘swam away’ Saturday afternoon with the rain.  On Sunday, our square of street was just a faded outline but the group finished on time, just before the judging took place.
A BIG THANKS goes to all our artists: Jennifer, Rita, Julian, Stella, Ryan, Emma, Raissa and Marianna for all your hard work.  We learned a lot and with be better prepared next year.  It takes stamina, creativity, determination, sweat, much enthusiasm and maybe a few tears to get a 10-foot x 10-foot square filled with chalk and make it stand out from 200 other pieces.
Schools and youth organizations participate in the Youth Challenge group and can win up to $300 worth of art supplies. This year we did not make it into the finalist group, but we hope to arrive next year.
“My shoes almost melted to the street,” said Raissa Shafer. “It was over 90 both days. The organizers provided food, water and sodas throught the event, and we sure needed the liquids. the gel collar bands provided by RMCAD were a big help, too.”

We are putting together a 6-person team for next year, so don’t miss the fun, and submit your original sketch to Stella Yu at before next June.