Hand drawing with chalk at the SCAD Sidewalk Arts FestivalNothing brings back the nostalgia of childhood like picking up a piece of chalk and doodling on a sidewalk. Today, this simple activity is often replaced by video games, tablets, and the ever-buzzing cell phone – but not in Savannah, Georgia. Each year in April, the city’s historic streets come alive with vibrant colors and sounds during the SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival. Presented by the Savannah College of Art and Design, the festival allows SCAD students, alumni, and high school students to create colorful chalk masterpieces in a tradition that’s nearly as old as the university itself. Whether you want to immerse yourself in Savannah’s rich art culture or simply enjoy a beautiful spring afternoon, be sure to check out the 35th Annual SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival.

Get Excited for the SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival 2016!

On Saturday, April 23, 2016, contestants will transform Savannah’s Forsyth Park into an open-air gallery lined with colorful works of chalk art that will take your breath away. The artists will compete for prizes in their respective categories, and esteemed art and design professionals will judge each design. The rules for the festival are simple: each drawing must remain within the designated square area, and you must use only the chalk distributed for the competition. Visitors can stroll through the park and admire everything from three-dimensional animals and abstract pieces to renditions of world-famous paintings, then watch as the artists accept their prizes at 4 PM.

New to the Festival

There will also be a new form of art to check out. Tableaux Vivants, or “living pictures”, is a new addition where guests can watch actors and models depict different scenes, all while remaining silent and motionless. This display will showcase the staging, costume, make-up, and lighting of the “pictures”, all of which was put together by the SCAD staff, faculty, and students.

Explore Forsyth Park

Of course, the festival will have much more than sidewalk art! Guests can munch on snacks from a variety of international food vendors, then find a spot on the lawn and enjoy live music and multicultural performances on the festival’s main stage. Afterward, feel free to explore the many art galleries, shops, and cafe’s located around Forsyth Park. Perhaps the most well-known feature of the park is its large fountain that was built in 1858. It resembles a few other fountains found around the world, including fountains found in Paris and Peru, and is definitely something to see when you’re in the area.

Book Your Stay at the Presidents’ Quarters Inn!

The SCAD Sidewalk Arts Festival is a beloved event in Savannah, and it’s just a short 5-minute drive from the Presidents’ Quarters Inn! After you’ve admired all of the spectacular artwork, come back to our historic bed and breakfast and rest up in one of our beautiful rooms or suites. The next morning, you can join us for a delicious breakfast in the courtyard and tell us all about your adventures at the festival. We can’t wait to see you in April!

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