Since 2004, Artpace’s TeamWorks groups have played a significant role at Chalk It Up. Over 7,500 educators, students, and community members have contributed 731 one-of-a-kind chalk murals on Houston Street and Main Avenue alongside Artpace’s international resident and exhibiting artists from the San Antonio community and abroad.
Out of concern for the safety of the students, artists, and San Antonio community, Chalk It Up will take a different form this year. For its 18th iteration, Artpace San Antonio invites school and community groups to participate in a remote mural competition for Chalk It Up 2021 and work collaboratively to complete original chalk murals representative of the theme: THE SPIRIT OF SAN ANTONIO.
Register online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ArtpaceChalkItUpTeamWorks
Submit online at: https://forms.gle/bVoMmWHiietNcJTu7
Questions? Contact Artpace at firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re all in this together!
Artpace Chalk It Up has engaged and delighted thousands of participants for the past 17 years. School and community groups taking part in TeamWorks, San Antonio-based featured artists, visitors to our city, and our entire community have celebrated creative artistic expression together through the creation of chalk murals in downtown San Antonio.
This year, Artpace has adapted this ever-popular festival to ensure local artists, schools, and the public can participate safely – creating murals wherever we are!
School teams and community teams from all over San Antonio have the opportunity to participate in TeamWorks and can create murals anytime in September at a location of their choice (see TEAMWORKS tab). Teams will submit photos and statements about their murals, which will be reviewed in time for Chalk It Up day – October 10, 2020! Chalk It Up 2020 Co-Chairs Katie Pace Halleran and Cristina Peña Walls will choose 17 finalists from across every school district within San Antonio city limits. Finalists and a winner will receive gift cards courtesy of H-E-B and will be announced on our website and our social media platforms at noon on October 10. TeamWorks murals will be posted in the tab above as they are received, so check back often to see them all!
Artpace would like to extend a special thank you to Councilman Roberto Treviño, Honorary Chair of Chalk It Up 2020!
On October 10, twenty Featured Artists will create original designs in chalk on a sidewalk or pavement capturing our 2020 theme: community. Local artists from around San Antonio will be creating these murals at ten different San Antonio Public Library branches (see MAPS tab). The public is encouraged to visit the library of their choice to celebrate these artists and their visions of community – or spend the day visiting all of them! Drive-thru viewing ONLY will be available at all libraries! Look for our Maps to Murals, which will be posted on our website in October for more information and to plan your day!
#ChalkItUpOnHoustonSt: We’re excited to announce that Centro San Antonio will celebrate the history of Chalk It Up by installing a series of color photos in windows along Houston Street in October featuring artists’ murals from the past 17 years. Centro has long been a supporter and partner to Artpace’s Chalk It Up and is keeping our downtown history alive until we can return next year. Thank you, Centro!!
#ChalkItUpAtHome: Artpace will provide a Chalk It Up experience for everyone this year in the safety and comfort of your own home or neighborhood. Beginning Saturday, September 12, and occurring every Saturday leading up to Chalk It Up day on October 10, Artpace will announce a #ChalkItUpAtHome prompt, stemming from this year’s Chalk it Up theme – community. Each #ChalkItUpAtHome prompt will be announced on our social media channels and we encourage participants to share on social media—tag us: @artpace, #ChalkItUpAtHome; #ArtpaceAtHome; #MakeArtHappen.
This city-wide engagement is a part of Artpace’s #ArtpaceAtHome initiative, which invites the San Antonio community and beyond to continue to engage in contemporary art while practicing social distancing.
Please note, the TeamWorks competition takes place during September, and murals are not available for in-person public viewing.
Artpace Chalk It Up has engaged thousands for the past 17 years. School teams participating in TeamWorks, San Antonio-based featured artists, visitors to our city, and our entire community have celebrated artistic expression together through the creation of chalk murals in downtown San Antonio.
In response to the challenges and safety protocols in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Artpace has reimagined Chalk It Up to be a safe and inclusive citywide celebration of community by creating a model where schools, artists, and the public can participate collectively – even at a distance!
Our map above highlights and locates each of the ten San Antonio Library branches that will host our Featured Artists this year. Check back as more information is added to each icon on the map. Library icons will feature information about the library branch, including a link for directions. These icons will also include information about the two artists who will be creating murals at each location. School icons represent all TeamWorks participants, whose murals will be featured on the TeamWorks tab as they are received.
Maps to Murals will help you plan your Chalk It Up day, October 10, when you can meet the artists and see the murals at the library branch in your own City Council district – or make a day of it and visit them all! The website will be updated with fun Chalk It Up content regularly, so check back often!
On October 10, twenty Featured Artists will create original designs in chalk on a sidewalk or pavement capturing our 2020 theme: community. Local artists from around San Antonio will be creating these murals at ten different San Antonio Public Library branches (see MAPS tab). Each library will feature two artists who will create their murals throughout the morning of October 10. The public is encouraged to visit the library of their choice to celebrate these artists and their visions of community – or spend the day visiting all of them! Drive-thru viewing ONLY will be available at all libraries.
Cassidy Fritts is a San Antonio local who has a dedication to community and youth empowerment. She graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word in 2017 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, concentrating in Painting. Fritts is currently a Visual Arts Instructor at SAY Sí (San Antonio Youth Yes) where she teaches middle school and high school students. At SAY Sí, the project-based curriculum she co-creates uses visual arts fundamentals and experimentation to guide students to create artworks that discuss topics of their interest through a social justice lens. Fritts is also a local artist, exploring mediums of painting and printmaking, and is a local muralist. Her artwork typically explores themes of personal identity, mental health, interpersonal relationships, and community. Fritts was a featured artist in the 2019 San Antonio Street Art Initiative Showcase Phase II and has murals, public and private, throughout San Antonio; she has also participated in assisting with San Anto Cultural Arts murals.
Born in 1987 in the border town of Acuña, Mexico, Fernando Andrade has lived in San Antonio, Texas since he was seven years old. During Andrade’s early childhood years, it was considered safe for children to play outside, and he remembers playing outdoor games with his family during those years. As an artist, Andrade copes with the turmoil in his native homeland with two distinct bodies of work: representational drawings and abstract paintings. While the drawings are narrative explorations of the events taking place, the paintings are vehicles for nurturing feelings of hopeful joy and optimism. In his figurative drawings, Andrade creates simple narratives based on stories he has heard or experienced relating to social political events. Believing that everyone has their own childhood memories and can identify with the innocence of youth, Andrade stages some of his work using scenarios of children in place of adults, a strategy for enticing viewers to engage in his conversation. In the series Tierra y Libertad, groups of children appear to be playing childhood games but, upon closer inspection, are surrogates for the perpetrators and their victims. In his abstract paintings, Andrade expresses a freedom from the anguish that underlies his figurative works. Working improvisationally, the artist creates organic compositions that are colorful and animated. Viewing his process as a kind of spiritual meditation, Andrade becomes free to imagine cosmic visions that have rhythmic affinities with music or dance, and which celebrate the splendor and preciousness of life itself.
Anthony Dean-Harris (b. 1986) is a writer, artist, editor, radio personality, and whatever other interesting things into which he wanders. His most recent visual works include the mural “Instructions for Use for Adapting to Our State of Constant Change (2020)” (in collaboration with Justin Parr) located at the corner of N. Presa & Houston St. and art direction in collaboration with SCOTCH! on Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson’s “Jubilant and Exuberant… ” surrounding downtown Travis Park. Before the pandemic, he was the host of the modern jazz radio programs The Line-Up (Fridays at 9pm) and evölve (Saturdays at 3pm) on 91.7 FM KRTU San Antonio (and he looks forward to coming back when things are safe), as well as the former editor of the jazz blog Nextbop. Dean-Harris is also archivist & co-conspirator of FL!GHT Gallery. He grew up on the Eastside of San Antonio to make it all the way to living on the Southside of San Antonio.
Bárbara Miñarro was born in Monterrey, Mexico and currently lives and works in San Antonio, Texas. As an artist influenced and making a life between two cultures, Miñarro’s work explores ideas of the body in migration. Her soft sculptures, installations, and paintings utilize the tactile memory of clothing, the earth, and the physical body to express the emotional journey of immigration. Miñarro has exhibited at various galleries including, Sweet Briar College, South Texas College, Blue Star Contemporary, and Artpace. Recently, she launched Breakfast Friend, a small-batch, hand-painted purse business out of her home studio in San Antonio, TX.
Isabel Ann Castro (she/her) is a visual artist and zine maker from the South Side of San Antonio, Texas and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design from Texas State University. Isabel co-founded St. Sucia, a DIY, international Latina/x feminist magazine that collected, curated, and published contemporary writing and art. She co-organizes San Anto Zine Fest and is a zine librarian, pushing a rasquache library made out of a yellow shopping cart. Isabel spins with Chulita Vinyl Club San Anto as Bueno Kitty and collects Tejano Conjunto music from 1940-1980 in order to archive, preserve, and share history and culture through corridos.
Mark Anthony Martinez is a conceptual artist and curator based in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas. Martinez holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Pacific Northwest College of Art (2012) and a Master of Fine Arts from Portland State University (2014). Martinez has served as Visual Arts Director to the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center (2015-2017), Gallery Manager for the Michael and Noemi Neidorff Gallery at Trinity University (2018), and co-curator for the experimental pop-up space, Fake Gallery (2019). While primarily exhibiting in San Antonio, he has also exhibited in group shows around the country, including; PLACE gallery, Portland, Or. (2012), Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, Il. (2014), The Open as part of the Nicholas Frank Public Library, Milwaukee, Wi. (2017), Mexic-Arte in Austin, TX. (2017), and The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center Inc., New York, NY (2019). Currently, he is working freelance maintaining his curatorial practice and studio-based projects.
Juan Miguel Ramos earned both his bachelor’s degree and MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) in 1995 and 2001, respectively. His concentration was in drawing, but he was eager to explore other media. His artwork often combines different media, including figure drawing, digital imaging, photography, printmaking, and sometimes video. He was invited to join Artpace’s residency program by international curator Francesco Bonami in 2002. His art career and music have afforded him the opportunity to travel all across the country, from New York to Los Angeles and Puerto Rico. Juan Miguel Ramos was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas where he continues to work.
Justin Korver is an artist living and working in San Antonio, Texas. He is originally from a small town in the northwest corner of Iowa, which he credits for his penchant for minimalism. Korver moved to Holland, Michigan to complete his undergraduate work at Hope College. While in Michigan, he was influenced by the heritage of mid-century design and discovered a passion for hardware stores. He also lived and worked briefly in New York through the N.Y.C.A.M.S. program, where he interned with Phoebe Washburn, who served as an early influence on his studio practice. Korver received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is now a full-time lecturer at Texas A&M San Antonio. He exhibits his work extensively in Texas and nationally, and he is the recent recipient of an artist residency at the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien awarded through Blue Star Contemporary.
Joe De La Cruz was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He currently works in the field of gallery exhibitions, setting up exhibits for art galleries and institutions as an art preparatory, and is skilled in the area of art presentation and picture framing. De La Cruz also exhibits his own work locally and is currently focused on graphite drawing and large-scale mural painting. He is known in the South Flores community as a facilitator and consultant in the areas of art presentation and exhibit fabrication.
Jeremiah Teutsch is an artist, political caricaturist, actor, voiceover artist, cook, writer, set designer, sound designer, sign painter, musician, and craftsman working in San Antonio. Originally from Lubbock, Jeremiah moved to Denver, Colorado to get his BA from the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. He is a founder of Rhinoceropolis, a music and art venue in Denver. He moved to San Antonio in 2009, after having lived in New York, Maine, and Austin. He is a founder of the artist-in-residency program TRANSIT and the AGORA art space, both in San Antonio. Jeremiah has worked at the McNay Art Museum for 10 years as the framer, matter of works on paper, and preparator. Jeremiah is—for the lack of a more appropriate word—a polymath. In his most recent work, Jeremiah has been constructing oversized papier-mâché heads, using 18th- and 19th-century techniques and applications. He has a deep interest in and knowledge of antiquated crafts, skills, mechanisms, devices, and technologies, as well as a love of the natural sciences, but is a vocal skeptic of all things mystical, spiritual, and pseudo-scientific. Jeremiah is interested in languages and is currently trying to learn Arabic.
Katarina Guzman, a South Texas native, was born and raised in San Antonio, where she grew up surrounded by the unique and rich history, art, and writing present in her home city. Katarina has been constantly fascinated with history, both personal and social, especially its effect on relationships people have to culture, to a place, and to each other. A printmaker by trade, she often uses traditional and non-traditional printmaking techniques in her work to explore the themes of personal and societal relationships to history, as well as examining the historical narrative itself. Katarina graduated in 2019 from the University of St. Thomas in Houston where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Arts with a concentration in printmaking. Since graduating, Katarina has been fortunate to work as an artist in residence with community-based organizations, such as Project Row Houses in Houston. Since the completion of her residency, she has moved back to her home city of San Antonio where she now lives and works.
Xavier Gilmore is an interdisciplinary artist and producer who works in sound, traditional mediums, and collaborative performance. Through his work he explores ideas on dissent, abstraction, and social topography. He has exhibited regionally and internationally at Artpace, Southwest School of Art, Museo Soumaya, and the McNay, among others. Gilmore holds a BFA from UTSA and studied at School of the Art Institute Chicago, and Universidad de Las Américas Puebla, Cholula, México.
Yoko Misu was born in Tokyo, Japan and currently lives in San Antonio, Texas. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, and her Master of Arts from Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi. She is a Member of Japan Print Society and exhibits in their annual shows in Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. Her works are included in the permanent collections of Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi, Japan Print Society, and many private collectors.
Ruth Buentello is a visual artist that examines socio-cultural relationships through the lens of family and community. Nathan studied architecture and is a mechanical engineer. Both share a love of community and are collaborating to fuse two perspectives.
Alán Serna is a mixed media artist from Huanusco, Zacatecas, now living and working in San Antonio, TX. In 2018, Serna earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in Intermedia from the University of Kentucky and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2015 from the University of Texas at San Antonio where he is currently a professor of painting and foundations. Alán also serves as Master Printer for Feral Editions, a collaborative press that Serna and his partner Madison Cowles Serna co-founded in 2014.
Richard Armendariz (b. 1969, El Paso, Texas) was raised on the U.S.-Mexico border, a region that heavily influenced his artistic, aesthetic, and conceptual ideas. Images that have cultural, biographical, and art historical references are carved and burned into the surface of the paintings, drawings, and wood blocks. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at San Antonio (1995), and his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder (1999). Armendariz is currently a Full Professor of Art at The University of Texas at San Antonio. In 2008, he received the Artpace Supplemental Travel Grant for travel to Mexico City, Mexico. In 2013, he was an artist in residence at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany, and Anderson Ranch in Snowmass Village, CO in 2018. In 2017, he was the first artist in residence at the DoSeum in San Antonio, TX. He has exhibited at the Denver Art Museum, The Dallas Contemporary, The Blue Star Art Center in San Antonio, and Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin. International exhibitions include: Liminal Space, DMZ Museum, South Korea (2018), Common Wounds, Bethlehem and Tel Aviv (2005), and “New Prints”, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien , Berlin, Germany (2013), Texas Contemporary Art”, Lalit Kala Academy, National Academy of Art, New Delhi, India (2015). He work is in the permanent collections of the San Antonio Museum of Art, McNay Art Museum, Denver Art Museum, Davis Museum, Wellesley College, Massachusetts, the Bush International Airport Houston Art Collection, and The Cheech Marin Collection, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA.
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Madison Cowles Serna earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Kentucky in 2018, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2013. Originally from Cheyenne, Wyoming, Cowles Serna has spent the majority of her time in Texas. Her work explores a variety of themes, primarily introspection and sexual assault, through the use of printmaking, painting, and installation.
Jasmeet Kaur studied Textile Design and Development at The National Institute of Fashion Technology in New Delhi, India. She worked for several years in the field of interior design and started her own company, Kaur Competency, in San Antonio, working with residential homes and boutique hotels. She added an art studio called Baani Art in 2017, inspired by nature, thoughts, abstraction, and current global situations that are expressed in vibrant colors and mediums. She has exhibited her artwork in New Jersey, Seattle, San Francisco, Washington, Los Angeles, and San Antonio. One of her recent works Hold On was displayed at the CARAVAN international online art exhibition, pertaining to global healing and humanity. She lives in San Antonio with her husband and two sons, Darsh and Jeeve.
Born in 1990 in Houston Texas, Kaldric Dow is a leading African American artist of the generation of millennials. Dow studied at the University of Texas at San Antonio in the informal studio classes, establishing strong drawing, perspective, and an understanding of art history. There, he absorbed the acute attention to skin tone and lighting, subsequently refining his own visual and conceptual vocabulary that emerged through his focus on the points of intersection between art history, representing a current culture, and the dynamics of color theory. Kaldric’s work can be found in myriad of public and private art collections throughout the United States, and he has been featured in numerous exhibitions worldwide. He currently lives and works in San Antonio, Texas.
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Rhys Munro is a Latinx artist currently based in San Antonio, Texas. Munro has a fine arts degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Along with her studio practice, Munro is a muralist, dedicated to bringing art out of the gallery and into the community. Additionally, she works for the McNay Art Museum as a professional art handler.
“Using the definition of Community as being one with each other, the sentiment in our mural “We Are One” fits perfectly.”
12’ X 15’
WELCOME LITTLE MONSTERS
The goal of Cube Project Space at Brick is to provide space that nurtures artists at any stage in their careers and create a community of resources that can elevate their creative process. Welcome Little Monsters represents our creative staff, with each little monster developed and drawn to represent the individuals on our team coming together to celebrate the diversity of spirit that comes through our doors year after year. This community of creatures has come from all directions to unite at a singular spot to brainstorm, make, remember, create, try, fail, learn, grow and repeat. But most importantly, they are here to invite you to join us in celebrating the creative power of community. Our doors may be partially closed due to Covid-19 restrictions but our minds and hearts are wide open and we hope you will accept our invitation to imagine a future full of ideas, the tools to create them, and the space to let your own little monsters come to life.
11 “Elizabeth, Danny, Mike, Marlys, Mateo, M.J., Anders, Sarah J., Ann, Sarah F., and Chuck”
39’ X 24’
We decided to recreate an image of one of our favorite fish to catch, the Rio Grande Cichlid. As local artists and fisherpeople, we were able to combine two of our passions in our mural entry for Artpace’s Chalk It Up 2020 event.
We believe that fishing is one of the oldest traditions that ties communities together. We started fly fishing March of 2020, started our company July 0f 2020 and we have found through all of our adventures and fishing that the community of fishermen and women is woven together despite race, socioeconomic status, political leanings, and other differences. We have discovered that the San Antonio fishing community is rich with varied types of anglers. You can find a smile and a friendly encouragement by way of “tight lines, brother” or “catch anything?” at any body of water. The City of San Antonio has done a great job of encouraging the use of public parks and waterways, building pavilions (Confluence Park) and gorgeous walkways (Mission County Park) and dams (Espada Dam) that highlight the natural beauty of our beloved San Antonio River.
Please follow us @gypsyandscout to find out more about our mission and our adventures!
8’ X 6.5’
Our McNay Teen Art Guides (TAGs) ideated the design for this mural. They wanted to focus on elements that make San Antonio unique, while depicting the unity of the city, and the skyline that makes downtown distinct. We took inspiration from Tavares Strachan’s artwork You Belong Here (this piece will be in our upcoming exhibition Robert Indiana: A Legacy of Love) for the text illustrated in the papel picado. They also added paper dolls holding hands at the bottom of each flag.
Our TAGs worked in two shifts to follow social distancing guidelines on Saturday, September 19th at the McNay and bring the design to life. We love the unique style and details each TAG brought to this piece!
5’ X 15’
Our school, Capt. Mark Tyler Voss Middle School, is named in honor of one of hometown heroes. Captain Mark “Tyler” Voss was born December 16, 1985. He graduated from Boerne High School in 2004. During high school, he played varsity soccer at BHS for 4 years and was a part of a record breaking team that went to state. Tyler was a BOA student leader for two years as well as a PAL. He was also in the first JROTC class there. Tyler loved working on cars and loved anything that was fast. He attended Boerne Middle School, where he made lifelong friends. It was here, in middle school, that he set his sights on his dream, which was to serve his country and to become a pilot and fly.
Throughout middle school and high school, Tyler worked hard towards his dream, which became a reality when he graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2008 with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant.
Tyler received his wings March 2010, having graduated from pilot training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Del Rio, Texas, where he received a training award for having the highest score in his class on flight check rides.
He was stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington where he flew KC-135 Stratotankers. He was promoted to Captain on May 28, 2012, and became Aircraft Commander on March 14, 2013. He died on Friday, May 3, 2013, near Chon-Aryk, Kyrgyzstan in the crash of a KC-135 aircraft. He was part of the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Our artwork for this year’s Chalk-It-Up commemorates our namesake, Capt. Mark Tyler Voss. Centering around the theme of community, this artwork was made by 117 Art 2 and Art 3 students and 6 staff, who came together to work on our giant 83’ x 39.5’ mural. Our design features 5 jets, with Tyler’s jet largest in the middle. The four around his jet represent his team, supporting and flying him out into the sky. We also added a large eagle-shaped cloud in the right side of mural, representing Voss’s patriotism and to also symbolize our school’s mascot.
117 Art 2 & Art 3 students
6 staff members
83’ x 39.5’
Our entry is a collaboration of works from students, teachers, and alumni honoring the “Unsung Heroes” of the East Central Community–past, present and future. Remote learners at East Central High School were given the opportunity to participate in Chalk It Up by creating a piece to honor someone important to them at their home in their own community. We have put the community portraits together to show how, although our community is physically distanced, we are not socially distanced. We share common values, goals and passions in a uniquely diverse community that sits quietly and proudly on the edge of San Antonio. Although we had challenges for completion due to many digital inequities in our district, this work is just the initial seed for our growth and we are committed to expanding and continuing our community portrait project throughout the entire year. Many works are in progress to be added to our digital mural as our community heals together throughout the pandemic.
8’ X 6’
Our theme was A Community Connected. The team focused on how united our school district and community has remained during the pandemic. The mural celebrates that no matter the distance, we will do whatever it takes to remain connected to one another and continue to learn and thrive.
The students had a wonderful time! For some, this was the first community event that they have participated in since March. Even our principal got in on the chalking action!
Thanks for continuing to sponsor this!
10’ X 9’
Our students felt that the goal of reaching the planet Mars will require a community effort by all of us on Earth. We believe that especially nowadays we need a unifying goal to rally behind.
Approximately 10’ X 5’
Our chalk it up piece was centered around the show “Sesame Street,” as we felt the show was a great illustration of community and what all that means. They all live on a street together learning, having fun and being there for one another; which is the essence of community. Inspired by our unfortunate circumstances, we put them in the place of what many of us are dealing with today, zoom calls. Since the show represents the social aspect of community, we believed putting these characters in our shoes was a good idea of how we as a community have reacted to and how we continue to socially interact and keep up with each other.
8’ X 9’
Our mural is titled Birds of a Feather. We decided on this visual for the theme, Community, because all communities have a unifying factor. Our birds all have one blue wing no matter the species. Our birds of a common blue feather flock together in this colorful display of working, living, and playing together. Blue represents our school color. Our maskot is the mighty bear, but we decided to use birds to show that our community is made up of much more than our schools. You count on your wing person to have your back when you need a friend. We counted on a few kids at a time to work on the mural in stages to keep safely distant, and allow a lot of little hands to help out. The project was an example of how communities come together to share in times of need as well as celebration.
24 students from third, fourth, and fifth grades at La Vernia Intermediate make up our first ever Chalk it up team!
6.5’ X 8’
Bradley Middle School
5 remote, 20 onsite
6’ X 6’
Every school day begins with zoom and this artwork is a Zoom meeting with 3 students and my art teacher. The students are high-fiving each other in order to represent connection and friendships and there is a phrase that says “Separate but Together”. This relates to the theme [Community] because it conveys a meaning of people being together as a community although they are separated, specifically during this global pandemic.
We as a community build each other up, even through tough times, our lights as people need to shine to help one another. As a community, we should help bind together to mend the wounds of those shattered through years of pain that went unnoticed. As a community we can do and be better!!!
The way that my piece correlates with the theme community is that, these characters are representative of those who were never accepted in a previous era and to this day aren’t accepted in some cases. I wanted to create this piece to bring light that times are changing and the people who once we put on such a low pedestal are coming together to create a wonderful community that might be able to shift peoples view of them.
A community volunteer is delivering crates of fresh food in a food drive. It relates to the theme of community because the food drive helps provide fresh food to people who need it.
We do not always have to be physically present to be together as a community. We are connected by other means–through technology.
Another community volunteer is delivering meals during her lunchtime with love.
The flowers bind all the artworks together in the center and represent the qualities of a community according to Victorian Flower Language. They [the flowers] represent perseverance, beneficence, love, hope, and bonds.
Thank you for bringing our community together to draw and view this mural into creation for Chalk it up 2020! -Churchill High School Art Club
8’6” X 10’X6”
Ms. Morrison’s Art 3 students at Ed White Middle School created this mural to represent our interpretation of “community”. One student (with the help of his father) cut the ¼” mdf boards with a band saw at his house. The other students all created their own design based off of at least 3 zoom class periods of brainstorming what they thought community meant. The final decision was that OUR community looks like the people who help. We are living in an unprecedented time, Ms. Morrison tells her students all the time that they are living history and this pandemic and our response to it as a community and as a country will be written about in history books. The students chose the quote by Mr. Fred Rogers, and Ms. Morrison picked up all of the completed boards from the students houses (there was a lot of driving involved). The final piece of the mural was to put the boards all together to symbolize a quilt, because a quilt is a timeless object of comfort, communication and community. We want to thank all of the “helpers” in San Antonio who have stepped up and lended a hand through the past 7 months. The firefighters, the EMS workers, the doctors, the teachers, the priests and religious organizations, and the unsung everyday helpers who show kindness and extend grace in everyday situations. Thank you, ArtPace, for this opportunity to practice our art and to thank the helpers in our city.
We went with simplicity and the desire to be near each other in a time when staying 6ft apart is necessary for safety… while just an artistic representation, the people are near one another for that human contact we all miss. Also, the UNITY of community is the stand out part with people spelling those letters in a message about people uniting in a very trying time (not only in this country but worldwide).
11’x 44’ (spread out)
Living in such a challenging and unprecedented moment of our century, we need UNITY in the community more than ever. We can’t win this war against COVID-19 if we do it alone. To demonstrate such a victorious end, this mural was created with the hope for a brighter future for America, reminding us that though we are distanced, we all share the same commitment to overcome the toughest obstacles.
9’ X 9’
Title: Fiesta es Para Siempre Para Todos
As Ronald Reagan High School visual arts students, we have chosen to represent the theme “Community” by creating a depiction of an online Fiesta event. Fiesta is an incredibly big part of San Antonio’s community and thousands of people look forward to it every year, but as everyone knows it was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19. In light of this we decided to depict all the major events Fiesta normally has to offer –such as a Mariachi band, the “chicken-on-a-stick” that is commonly found being enjoyed, a depiction of a traditional Pow Wow native, the Fiesta Hat Luncheon, the Masquerade Party, the Military Parade, the Rose Parade band festival, and the Fiesta arts fair. We painted the characters on individual concrete tiles and outlined the borders with bricks to create the box for the online meeting. We also designed our own fiesta medal to represent the Visual Arts department at Reagan High School. By choosing Reagan as the location to showcase our mural on, we are able to bring together students who are coming to campus for in-person learning and those with blended/online learning to celebrate Fiesta and our school’s community as safely as possible.
NAHS Sponsors: Jennifer Bieniek and Rena Urias
List of NAHS participants (13):
5.5’ X 5.25’
“Each puzzle piece represents community–it is a piece of our artists and their creativity. Together we are stronger, more vibrant, and powerful!”
Students who worked on the mural;
Samantha Llanes Lopez
Art club sponsors/teachers
Anabelle Thomas & Ruth Hui
The heart of our community is most substantial in our collective efforts, shared hopes, and dreams. The heart at the center of our mural represents our community, which could not be deterred even during a pandemic. The mural particularly honors medical and educational professionals who selflessly struggle to maintain normalcy in these troubled times (as seen by the two flanking figures on either side of the heart). As the community’s landscape is rocked with uncertainty, these professionals adapt to the challenge of an ever-changing environment with professionalism, optimism, and hope. All have a part to play in strengthening our community’s bonds, no matter their background (as demonstrated by the figures at the bottom). With the community’s collective strength as a whole, we can quickly overcome and heal from the darkest days in our young lifetime.
The Mural was created as a class project on 9/24/2020 at 8:30 am thru 10:45.
8’ X 16’
Our Mural relates to the theme of Community by representing people helping people and the balance of life through natural disasters and the way life returns.
Our team was limited to the two 8th grade students that had returned to in person learning in my 7th period class Art 1 class. These students were all caught up with their class work and really enjoyed getting to go outside and work with chalk everyday for the last week.
6’6” X 5’9”
At The Gathering Place we strive to create a safe space for every single member of our community to feel welcomed and represented. We believe that through art, collaboration and social justice we are able to create a better place, a place for everyone by everyone. We decided to do an interactive mural so the community knows their needs will always be at the center of whatever we create. That we will always fight for them and their right to live their truest life.
9’ X 6’
At Young Women’s Leadership Academy Primary, we believe that community means helping and caring for other people. Our school community inspires other young women to be strong and fearless. As YWLAP Blue Jays, we also love the vibrant color of downtown San Antonio murals, the friendly people, and the culture.
18 students, 4 teachers
5’ X 5’
We started our Beacon Hill mural on Tuesday, Oct 6, 2020 after school. We worked on it from 3:30-6:00 pm. We placed the mural on the front entrance sidewalk so all the students and families could see it as they entered the school. Sophia Favila is a 4th grade student here at Beacon Hill and was our 1st place winner for all the contestants’ submission for the contest. The mural is 5 ft X 5 ft. Sophia and I worked together to complete the mural, with Sophia drawing and directing me with instructions. She drew the full mural and I just helped color it in. We used the sidewalk chalk provided by Artpace and soaked them briefly in cups of water. We also used sponge brushes and large round tip paint brushes to blend in the chalk. Sophia told me her mural expressed her idea of community through her belief the we all need to accept of all people regardless of the color of our skin. We are all beautiful.
Her quote for her mural is as follows:
“You can be …black, white, green, or blue, and still be beautiful in your own way.”
1, Sophia Favila-4th grade
5’ X 5’
Bowden Academy art students met weekly in zoom for a month to brainstorm ideas and imagery around the theme of Community for Artpace’s Chalk It Up Teamworks competition. The students expressed their vision of community through houses, a symbol of staying safe and at home to keep the community safe from COVID-19, pictured as green circles surrounding the home. Students also opted to create flags flying from each home indicating as social issue, of their choice, including Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ Equality with the Pride Flag, and a flag raising awareness for child abuse. Five student artists (one girl did not want her picture taken) completed the mural on Saturday, September 26 wearing masks and practicing social distancing. Four of the student artists had not been on the school campus since March. Their skills and hard work is evident in the finished chalk mural!
5 students, 2 teachers
5’ X 7’
Every year, Artpace holds a competition called “Chalk It Up” in downtown San Antonio. They close three major streets and host San Antonio-based artists, school teams, and community teams to create murals on the streets and sidewalks. It is a colorful event full of food trucks, live music, and even pets get in on the fun. This year to stay creative during times of social distancing, Artpace is accepting photo submissions as an entry. Lanier High School entered a mural piece titled: Familia, Amor y Conchas.
In this Mural (Located outside the Library) our students brainstormed about what brings a community together. Through conversation, the topic of food as a part of our culture was conceived. Cultural foods are so ingrained in our social landscape and customs that it’s hard to imagine any gathering without them. From holiday tamaleras to summer barbecues with friends to meeting grandparents for breakfast, food is always involved, often serving as the main attraction.
In this piece, you will see La Cultura Mexicana with one of our favorite and staple pieces in our pantry and a hallmark of weekend breakfasts, “pan de dulce.”
5’ X 5’
A true community effort, the Ogden Elementary artists used a strategy of inclusion and safety to execute their mural. Each scholar on campus chalked-up a personal tile. When their unique tile was fit into the mosaic, it revealed that each artist, from Kinder on up is as important as the next. Keeping their community safe, scholars worked together across physical distances (some from their own homes) but proved they remain a team and persevere.
“We are a mosaic, and our community continues to grow.” Walk up close to the mural and admire one of the individual masterpieces or stand back and enjoy the kaleidoscope of color. The same can be said for the Ogden community.
36 students ranging from Kindergarten-5th grade (Including designs submitted from those at home)
10’ X 6’
What does community mean to you? Ogden’s Middle School artists believe a community is a group that lives and works together even with differences. These young scholars were motivated by current national and global events, and how those affect their local community on the West Side of San Antonio. The artists wanted to create mural that honored diversity and the continued struggle for social justice including the Black Lives Matter movement and push for Immigration Reform. Their work of art is a call for love and respect for all people. Una esperanza para el future. A hope for the future.
8’ X 8’
Thomas Edison High School was established in 1929 as Los Angeles Heights High School, and in 1958 it became the Edison we know today. The reason I share this information is because although our school may have changed in name, size, and location it still did not change the tight knit community we have today. Throughout the process of working on the Chalk it Up event we became even closer as a community, we became family. The preparation for this event was challenging because of circumstances we faced due to the global pandemic, however that did not deter us if anything we united stronger as Mighty Golden Bears! We held up fort with multiple Virtual meetings and a very active social media (#edisonchalkmural). Our dedication and hard work as community is displayed throughout our artwork. Just as chalk is a joining of dust particles brought together in solidarity and used to express and bring color to our world, so it is with a community that comes together through gentrification in change and difference yet unite to bring a spectrum of colors in this word through the basis of race, color, religion, and gender. Overall, we as community at Edison are proud to say that “We Are Golden”!
– Rogelio A. Zamarripa 11th grade
100+ students/staff participated physically on campus, over 200+ students participated virtually
70’ X 20’
Title: Puro San Anto- Separado Pero Juntos
Statement: In our city and culture family and togetherness plays an important role in who we are. In these unprecedented times we are all doing our part in staying separate from each other to keep our loved ones safe while still checking in and showing our love in different ways. San Antonio is a place where we all feel like we are a part of something. It’s important to keep that feeling alive by sticking together in a time where we need to physically be apart.
8’ X 8’
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