Sounds & Sights Festival

July 25-27, 2019


Video Recap of 2018

Produced by Randall Lee of RK Studios, LLC

Returning this year, Sounds & Sights Festival will hold its 7th Chalk Art event. This year we will be featuring 15 professional pavement artists and holding our annual chalk contest. Participants of all abilities and ages are encouraged to help transform concrete on West Middle Street into vibrant colors and works of art.  The contest will take place on Saturday, July 27th from 8am to 4pm.

RAIN DATE: Sunday, July 28, 2019 | 8am-4pm

Our 2018 theme is based on a quote:

"Music and the arts make a bridge across this world in ways that nothing else can."

~Julie Andrews

All 5’x5’ spaces are $25 each and can be worked on by 1-4 artists. Each registered space includes an artist t-shirt, a box of chalk, voting slip for the Artist Award and are eligible for prizes. The winner of the 2018 Best in Show category will be given the opportunity to become a Featured Artist during the 2019 Sounds & Sights Festival.

All children 2.5’x2.5’ spaces are FREE. Children must register to be eligible for prizes.

Spectators will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite piece of work in the People's Choice Category *

The categories and prizes are:

Best in Show: $325

*People's Choice: $150

Best Representation of Theme: $100

Best Art Reproduction: $100

Best Original Piece: $100

Best 3D Piece: $100

Best Youth Piece: $100

Best Children’s Piece: $50 & $25

Artists’ Choice Award: $100

Sponsor Choice Award $100

*Indicates People Choice Award.

PLEASE NOTE: PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by July 13th to be eligible for prizes. There will be a very limited number of open spaces available the day of the contest for Children.  Spaces forfeited by no-shows will be available at 10am the morning of the contest and will be eligible for prizes. All paid, registered spaces are non-refundable but are transferable.

2018 Chalk Walk Registration CLOSED.

For more information, please contact the chalk art coordinator Denise Cugliari at [email protected] or call 734-474-9178.

Click to Check out the amazing Professional Artists that will be demonstrating this year!


Chalk Art on Thursday Nights this the Summer

In addition to the Chalk Art Contest, we have FREE chalk drawing during the Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights, 6:30-8:30pm, at the Chelsea Clocktower.

(No prizes…this is just for fun!)


Here are the weekly themes for 2018:

  • 06/07  How to Chalk - Birds
  • 06/14  How to Chalk - The Enchanted Forest
  • 06/21  How to Chalk - Star Wars
  • 06/28  How to Chalk - Disney® Characters
  • 07/05  How to Chalk - Holidays
  • 07/12  How to Chalk - Farming
  • 07/19  How to Chalk - Planes, Trains, Trucks & More
  • 07/26     NO How to Draw on Thursday
  • 07/28     Chalk Art Competition
  • 07/29     Chalk Art Competition Rain Date
  • 08/02  How to Chalk - Mythology & Monsters
  • 08/09  How to Chalk - Favorite Cartoons
  • 08/16  How to Chalk - Superheroes

For more information, please contact the chalk art coordinator Denise Cugliari at [email protected] or call 734-474-9178.

Follow Chelsea Chalk Art:

For Special Hotel Rates Call Chelsea Comfort Inn & Village Conference Center  at Phone: (734) 433-8000 and ask for “Chelsea Sounds and Sights” rate for the festival  weekend

Chalk Art Contest Sponsor:



Sounds & Sights Festival Chalk Art  2018 Professional Artists & Contest is presented with generous support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, with the help of funding from The Arts Alliance.