|The 1st Annual Anna Maria Chalk Festival is a collaboration between the Pine Avenue Restoration Group, the Tourist and Development Council, the Historic Green Village, members of the Anna Maria Island’s artistic and cultural community and Sarasota Chalk Festival founder, Denise Kowal. The festival will take place January 18th and 19th with a VIP Artist’s Reception and Dinner on January 17th at the Studio at Gulf and Pine. The event will be a two day local community festival that will reflect the historic and unique qualities of Anna Maria. Street painters, also known as I Madonnari, will use chalk as their medium and the road surface of Pine Avenue as their canvas to create oversized masterworks of art while the public becomes an integral part of the creative process as the viewer. Local artists are encouraged to participate and able to receive instructional classes prior to the weekend event. Students in grades 7-12 can have their own spot to chalk and the younger children are invited to chalk in the Children’s Area. Participation is free to all and chalk is provided.
The theme will be ‘Historic Anna Maria, from Pirates to the Present’ spanning the length of Pine Avenue, which stretches from Tampa Bay to the Gulf of Mexico. Pine Avenue, which has been called, “The Greenest Little Mainstreet in America” is a live/work paradise sprinkled with residential cottages, professional offices and retail shops serving the surrounding community as well as visitors from around the world. The street is a vibrant example of how responsive development done within, not upon, a community can add value to the culture. This has helped position Anna Maria on the cutting edge of a global transition movement, based on local initiative, in which, individuals, neighbors, neighborhoods and communities take into their own hands the economic, environmental and cultural destiny of their communities.
The Anna Maria Chalk Festival is a logical extension of the many green initiatives that have been implemented on Pine Avenue over the last six years. And while the artist will get dirty, the festival will keep everything clean and green by using sustainable, non-toxic pastels which nature will wash away.
Sponsors at the time of this release are Anna Maria Guest Houses, The Studio at Gulf and Pine, Sandbar Restaurant, Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant, Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Center, The Historic Green Village, Pineapple Fish, Anna Maria General Store, The Islander Newspaper, Beach Bums, The Pittsburgh Pirates and Maurauders, The Village Magazine, AMI Radio, the Rex and Helen Foundation, Island Cabana, Anna Maria Olive Oil Outpost.
For more information on the Anna Maria Chalk Festival including participation and sponsorship opportunities contact Mike Coleman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 941-592-6642 or Tina Fusaro at email@example.com or 941-778-8710. Also visit www.amichalkfest.com or the event’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AnnaMariaChalkFestival.