Chalk It Up

Make art. Make a difference.

On October 13, 2018, bring your family and friends to Artpace Chalk It Up, a festival of contemporary art, transforming Downtown Houston Street into a gallery – from the ground up.

05 Photo credit Chris Saucedo

Public Murals

Artists from all walks of life create murals about their organizations and businesses along Houston Street, led by YOU! Get in on the fun in the community-created Freestyle mural.


Our Featured and Emerging artists are always selected locally—they’re some of the city’s best, and play a prominent role in the success and enjoyment of Chalk It Up, creating compelling, original murals on Houston Street sidewalks. You don’t want to miss these professionals at play!

Food Trucks

Some of San Antonio’s finest mobile restauranteurs will park their food trucks along Houston Street to offer fresh local food to hungry chalk artists of all ages.

Live Music

The Artpace Chalk It Up stage across from the Majestic Theater features live music from a range of local musical artists. Check out the Artpace blog for updates and music samples from this year’s acts!


Let your creative genius run wild in our Freestyle Zones. We’ll provide chalk and plenty of blank canvas in the form of Houston Street; you bring the artwork. This is the one time you’re allowed to play in the street!

Community Partners

Engage your body and mind with one of our creative community partners. Make a giant chalk spirograph drawing with Chalka Khan, learn how to spin records with AM Project, and more!

Want to make art and make a difference as a sponsor? Contact Amy Austin.

Artpace Chalk It Up is one of Artpace’s largest fundraisers of the year. Support from Artpace Chalk It Up makes possible education initiatives like the Artpace Teen Council, a nine-month, paid program designed for San Antonio area high school students to become advocates for contemporary art and young leaders in their community. See below for information about how you can Make Art Happen and support access to contemporary art in San Antonio.

For more information about sponsorship, please see below or contact Amy Austin at

Corporate Sponsors

Interested in joining the impactful list of sponsors to the right? Corporate sponsorship underwrites the festival for tens of thousands of San Antonians, while keeping Artpace education and community outreach initiatives well funded. We hope you’ll consider joining the team.
Click here to become a Corporate Sponsor online.
Artpace Chalk It Up 2018 Corporate Sponsor Packet

Corporate Competition

For the first time this year at Artpace Chalk It Up, corporate and business partners can get in on the fun and chalk up Houston Street for a cause. The Chalk It Up Corporate Competition will feature teams of 10 facing off against other area businesses in pursuit of the ultimate bragging rights and a special prize.

Download the Corporate Competition Form for more information or to register.

Interested? Please contact Amy Austin at

Individual Sponsors

We can’t Chalk It Up without the support of our local community.
Click here to become an Individual Sponsor online.
Artpace Chalk It Up 2018 Individual Sponsor Packet

Individual Donations

Want to support Artpace Chalk It Up, but not quite ready for sponsorship? Donations in any amount are immensely important to making the festival a success. You can make an individual donation in any amount here.

For more information about sponsorship, or to commit to sponsor Artpace Chalk It Up 2018, please contact Amy Austin at

Our Chair

Alexandra Cavazos

Born and raised in San Antonio, Alexandra earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Texas A&M University and is currently the head of Business Development at AC Financial, a local Wealth Management Company started by her father in 2002. She is passionate about art, fashion, and creative design and has been enthusiastically involved in the creative communities in San Antonio for many years. Alexandra was first introduced to the artistic talent of San Antonio through AnArte Gallery in 2013 and has been a Freelance Art Consultant for the gallery since then. Through this experience, she has developed an intense appreciation for the arts and a reputation as an advocate for creative expression.

Team Works

Each year Team Works artists play a significant role in Artpace Chalk It Up by creating an original design in chalk, rendered directly on an 8 x 10-foot sidewalk canvas along downtown Houston Street and newly renovated Main Avenue. Team Works artists can be educators, students, and members of schools, universities, or non-profit cultural and community organizations.

All openings for our Team Works groups are now full for 2018. See you on October 13!

What do you need to know?

  • Artpace Chalk It Up takes place on downtown Houston Street on Saturday, October 13, 2018.
  • Each team can have a maximum of 10 participants.
  • Your $50 registration fee includes one 8 x 10-foot sidewalk “canvas” and four 24-piece packs of multicolored artist pastels (chalk).
  • The registration deadline is 5pm on Friday, September 14, 2018.
  • Upon complete registration and payment, you will receive notice of your acceptance. Teams are accepted on a first come, first serve basis.
  • If you need to cancel your registration, we require notification by Friday, September 28, 2018 for a 50% refund of your registration fee.
  • All Team Works leaders are required to attend a meeting at Artpace on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at 5:30pm. This is when you can ask questions, meet other Team Works leaders, learn new chalking techniques, and be acquainted with all facets of the event.

Questions? Contact Ashley Mireles at or 210.212.4900.


This free, family-friendly event is made possible by community support—by YOUR support—so please consider being a part of this year’s production of Chalk It Up.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Artpace Chalk It Up (October 13, 2018 from 10 am – 4 pm). Please answer the following questions. Based on your responses, we’ll assign a work shift and job as best we can.

First Name

Last Name

Your Email

Your Phone Number


Are you 18 years of age or older?

Have you volunteered at Chalk It Up before?

Which of the following shifts are you available to volunteer? Select all that apply. Please note we are asking you to indicate your availability, not how many shifts you want to work.
 12 pm - 3 pm 3 pm - 6 pm (includes tear-down)

Would you like to volunteer for multiple shifts? If so, indicate how many.

Of the following, which do you consider a skill, strength, or interest of yours? Select all that apply.
 Interpersonal communication – you enjoy greeting, guiding, and assisting people. Technical and technological expertise – you are adept at troubleshooting problems and helping solve them, and you understand how to use popular technologies (e.g. iPads). Hands-on tasks – you are physically strong and enjoy using that strength to help other people. Administration and organization – you like directing people, figuring out where they need to be and what they need to do. Art – you love creating and viewing art, as well as assisting others in maximizing their own creative and viewing experiences. Tidying – you relish restoring places to how they were before they got messed up.

Please indicate your t-shirt size for your FREE Chalk It Up shirt!

Please provide the name and phone number of a family member or friend whom we can contact in case of an emergency. This information will only be used in the context of an emergency at the event.

Emergency Contact's Name

Emergency Contact's Phone Number

Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about yourself?

If you have questions, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Amy Austin at

Chalk It Up With VIA

There’s a better way to move through Downtown, and it doesn’t involve hunting for parking. Take VIA Metropolitan Transit’s VIVA centro (Route 301) FARE FREE to Chalk It Up on Oct. 13. For more about riding VIVA, visit

Get a complete list of routes serving the Downtown area at Plan your trip using VIA’s new goMobile app, or visit the trip planning page at

Still Planning to Drive?

VIA Is your best bet to get to Artpace Chalk It Up, but below are the addresses for the closest parking options to the festival this year.

Houston Street Garage, 240 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205
St. Mary’s Street Garage, 400 N St Mary’s St, San Antonio, TX 78205
LAZ Soledad St. Parking, 400 Soledad St, San Antonio, TX 78205