Family Sidewalk Chalk Day

Sidewalk chalk imageCelebrate September beginnings and transform the sidewalks at Holy Spirit into vibrant colors and works of art!

Theme – “Say the word and my soul shall be healed.” These word from scripture profess a great faith in the power of Christ to heal, not only physical affliction but hurts of the soul as well. Artwork could profess faith in Christ as healer of all hurts, and may include images of those who heal in order to reflect the love of Christ. Any image with “healing” as it’s central message will fit this theme. The image may also display the great joy one receives in having been healed.

The contest is open to all Holy Spirit families.  Children of all ages must work with their parent(s). As a registered family, you will be given a square of sidewalk to work with. Squares will be assigned upon check in on the morning of the event.

Event Categories

  • Best of Show – decided by the judges
  • People’s Choice Award– decided by attendees vote

Both winning families will receive a gift basket of art supplies, games and a gift certificate to GoFer Ice - Cream


No entry fee. Preregistration is recommended but not required. If space is available, participants may register the day of the event. Entries will be processed in the order they are received. To reserve a spot, visit EventBrite by Thursday, Sept 16.

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Event Schedule – Saturday, September 18

  • 2:00 -2:30 p.m. – Artist families check in at the table.
  • 2 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. – Artists families will be creating their masterpieces. Individuals are welcome to come view them at work and offer encouragement.
  • 4:30 p.m. – Viewing of the artwork and casting of people’s choice votes.
  • 5:00 p.m. – Winners Announced

Artists Should bring their own:

  • Design
  • Knee pads
  • refreshments

Chalk will be provided or you may bring your own. Participants may also bring other art supplies as desired (brushes, water spray bottles, masking tape) but NO other media except washable chalk may be part of the final work of art.


  • Only washable chalk may be in your design. No acrylic paints, liquid pastels, oil -based pastels, hard pastels, etc. will be allowed
  • Designs must not exceed beyond their designated square. Approximate size of square will be 4’x4’. Your design must fit inside the 4’x4’ square
  • All artwork must be appropriate for Catholic, public viewing by all ages.
  • No political messages, words or symbols intended as advertising may appear in the image or space provided
  • Digital photos will be taken, Holy Spirit reserves the right to use photographs for publicity purposes
  • Organizers have the right to disqualify and/or remove any inappropriate art or writing as they deem necessary
  • Spaces will be assigned on first come first served basis
  • Official judging will be based on first impression, creativity, originality, skill and use of color and relevance to theme. Decision of the judges are final.

For additional sidewalk chalk contest information contact: Valerie Byrnes 203-536-0715

The Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest is being held in conjunction with Catechetical Sunday and is sponsored by the Church of the Holy Spirit Office of Faith Formation.


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