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Jazz fest seeks sidewalk chalk artists

First Posted: 1:00 am - September 16th, 2015

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Contributed photo The Cheraw Arts Commission is signing up sidewalk chalk artists for a competition scheduled to take place during next month’s South Carolina Jazz Festival.
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The Cheraw Arts Commission is looking for teams to participate in a sidewalk chalk competition at the 10th annual South Carolina Jazz Festival on Saturday, Oct. 17.

Returning to this year’s festival will be “Madonnari-Southern Style.” This sidewalk chalk competition is based on the 16th-century Italian art form called “Madonnari” or Italian street painting. In Italy, street painters or chalk artists were named I Madonnari as their creations were of the Madonna.

For the last several years, teams have created masterpieces during the South Carolina Jazz Festival. Teams of at least four people will once again display their street-painting talents on the sidewalk located at the Theatre on the Green. Monetary prizes will be awarded to the winning teams.

Teams can consist of families, friends, organizations, schools, churches, or businesses.

Contact the Cheraw Arts Commission at 843-537-8420, extension 12, for registration forms and information.

Deadline to register is Monday, Oct. 5. For additional information about the 2015 South Carolina Jazz Festival, which runs from Oct. 16-18, visit www.scjazzfestival.com.

This year’s chalk competition is sponsored by Edward Jones Advisors representative Stephen Fowler’s office.

The Cheraw Arts Commission is supported by the S.C. Arts Commission, which receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Information for this story was provided by the Cheraw Arts Commission.

Contributed photo The Cheraw Arts Commission is signing up sidewalk chalk artists for a competition scheduled to take place during next month’s South Carolina Jazz Festival.
http://thecherawchronicle.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_287.jpgContributed photo The Cheraw Arts Commission is signing up sidewalk chalk artists for a competition scheduled to take place during next month’s South Carolina Jazz Festival.

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