Join us for Chalk Walk 2021!

July 10-11

The Fort Wayne Museum of Art Chalk Walk has been a trademark event held on Main Street in downtown Fort Wayne since 2000. The event is based on an Italian tradition of street painting that dates to the 16th century, known as i madonnari (street painters). Using pastels, artists of varying levels of experience may choose to reproduce existing artworks or create their own in their designated square. The event typically draws 40,000 people to see the spectacle unfold.

Chalk Walk 2021 will be an in-person event this year, but we’ll still practice social distancing among the participants! For that reason, there will only be half as many squares this year. Other health measures will be taken, which we will announce as we near the event. Registration will open April 12 at 12pm, and we’ll announce prize categories the week of April 5.

Not ready to participate in person but still want to be a part of this amazing event? We’ll once again offer Chalk Walk at Home, where you can create your chalk art at home and submit it to an online public gallery.

As it is every year, our goal is to draw the city’s most creative citizens together to contribute to the largest community art project in the region, attracting families, friends, and supporters of a vibrant cultural life in Fort Wayne.


Chalk Walk Time Lapse 


2021 Award Categories

  • Best Use of a Street/Sidewalk Blemish
    Imperfections in the pavement are a part of Chalk Walk! How will you deal with the imperfections of your square in a creative way?
  • Trompe l’oeil
    French for “fool the eye”, trompe l’oeil drawings utilize 3D drawing techniques that fool the viewer by making the drawing seem like it’s a part of real life.
  • Reproduce a Work From the FWMoA Collection (visit this page to take a peek at what we have!)
  • Favorite Art Genre (Pop, Surrealism, Impressionism, Cubism, etc.)
  • Endangered Species
    Planet Earth is teeming with all kinds of animal and plant life–but many of our beloved wild creatures are under threat. Which endangered species do you love the most?
  • What’s on Your Bucket List?
    We all have those “gotta do” activities in our lives. Share with us in chalk something exciting you’d like to experience.
  • Space Travel
    There’s a big, wide universe out there! Recreate a space mission from the past, or imagine one for the future.
  • 100 Years Bold
    FWMoA is celebrating 100 years in 2021! Illustrate in chalk your favorite memory of this history.
  • People’s Choice
    The public votes for this one!
  • Best Square by an Artist Under 12
    Are you a young chalker? Compete in this category for $50!

For any questions, please call FWMoA Events Coordinator Emily Uphoff at 260-422-6467 or



Thank you to our 2021 sponsors!

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2021 Chalk Walk Winners

2021 Chalk Walk at Home Winners

2021 Chalk Walk

Upcoming Events

Meet Me at FWMoA – In-person
Curator’s Tour: Steve Linn
Second Saturday Family Tours – October 9
2nd Thursday in the Paradigm Gallery
Dia de los Muertos 2021
Second Saturday Family Tours – November 13