Join us for Chalk Walk 2023!

July 8-9

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 2023 will be an in-person event again this year! Registration will open April 11, 2023 through forms which will be linked below!

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!

Please note: We do not give refunds. If you are unable to keep your square after registration, please consider your fee a donation to FWMoA, a non-profit organization. If you would like to be on a waitlist, please fill out this form here.

Didn’t get a 2023 T-shirt? Order yours here! All sizes $20. We are unable to ship orders – pickup only at Fort Wayne Museum of Art at 311 E Main Street.

Chalk Walk Time Lapse 

2023 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.
  • Favorite Art Genre (Pop, Surrealism, Impressionism, Cubism, etc.)
  • Let’s Play!
    Illustrate your favorite board game or toy—past or present—and remind everyone of the joys of play.
  • Main Street Eats
    Create your favorite food in chalk! Show off your culinary tastes and your artistic skills.
  • Alice in Wonderland
    2023 marks 125 years since the death of Lewis Carroll, who gave us Wonderland and all its colorful creatures. Show us your favorite part of this story.
  • Van Gogh in Fort WayneRecreate your favorite Van Gogh work of art in chalk pastel on the street! The 19th century artist Vincent Van Gogh loved to paint outdoors, and his impressionistic style and accentuated brushstrokes, along with his prolific output over only 10 years, has made him one of the most revered and influential artists in all of art history. Follow in his artistic footsteps at Chalk Walk! The winner of this category will receive a unique prize of four tickets to Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
  • People’s Choice
    The public votes for this one on Sunday!
  • 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

Get your 2023 Chalk Walk shirt this weekend! Shirts are on sale Friday evening (tonight!) 6-8pm, and Saturday and Sunday at the Chalk Walk tent outside FWMoA, while supplies last.
Shirts are $20 for all sizes starting at Youth M up to Adult 4XL.
Shirt art is from a 2022 chalk square by Katie Koehlinger, competing in the Under the Sea category!

Thank you to our 2023 sponsors!

Title & Water Bottle Sponsor


Entertainment Sponsor


Social Media Sponsor

McMahon's Best One Tire and Auto Care Logo

Activity Tent Sponsor


Street Sponsors

Parrish Leasing logo

Midwest America Federal Credit Union Logo

Paint the Town Graphics Inc Logo

Drive Alive Logo

SDI Logo

2022 Chalk Walk Winners


2022 Chalk Walk

Upcoming Events

Curator’s Tour: Landfall Press
2nd Thursday: Glassblowing Demonstration with Matt Paskiet
Second Saturday Story Time Tour
Wine by the GLASS
Bilingual Tour
Mastrangelo Lecture Series: The Glass Art of Paul Stankard