It’s the Chalk of the Town…recap

The streets of Old Town were covered in colorful art at the Chalk of the Town event earlier this June. It was a gorgeous, sunny day with visitors coming to Old Town Lansing as a stop for “Be a Tourist in Your Own Town”, an event created to increase community awareness of Greater Lansing attractions. Eleven artists from around the area came together to compete and showcase their chalk art talent.

A chalk artist just getting started outside Bloom Coffee Co. on Turner Street.
A chalk artist just getting started outside Bloom Coffee Co. on Turner Street.

Starting at 10 a.m., the artists began their creations on a designated piece of sidewalk, with chalk as their only medium. Spectators were encouraged to vote on their favorite masterpiece as they walked around Old Town. At 2 p.m., artists were told to set down their chalk and a judging panel was sent out. Artist Reva Goucher won the People’s Choice award with her enchanting mermaid, and artist Erin Simonson won the Judge’s Choice award for her whimsical Mad Hatter.

Kids were able to take part in the chalk fun as well. Down in the parking lot near Sir Pizza & Grand Cafe was a space for the younger crowd to draw their own chalk creations. By the end of the day, the entire parking lot was covered in colorful pictures. Chalk bomb designs littered the sidewalk in front of the OTCA where people got their “Be a Tourist passport” stamped. Families were also able to hop into the “OTCA Photo Booth” before continuing to walk around Chalk of the Town.

This annual event is a great way for people to experience art in the streets and within their local community. Chalk of the Town shows that art doesn’t have to be limited to a museum – it can be found all around us.

We want to shout out a huge thank you to all of those who participated in this year’s event. Everyone’s piece was so unique and awesome. To check out more photos of the art, visit Old Town’s Facebook page at

By Ellen Grimes, OTCA Communications Intern

Mark Chamberlin has been recognized as the June volunteer of the month for OTCA. He went above and beyond to host the Old Town Photo Booth on June 3 as part of Be A Tourist in Your Own Town/Chalk of the Town; and he captured more than 75 photos for families and friends touring Old Town.

chamberlinNot only did he offer his time and energy to the booth, but he also brought his great personality and cheerful nature to bear, helping represent Old Town in a very positive way. And Mark wow the crowds with his green screen skills, placing families into compelling Old Town scenery to make special postcards (see the full set on the OTCA Facebook page).

Mark is a regular around town who can often be seen with his camera; he does professional photography and runs a digital photography school called SmarterPics. He lives in Old Town with his wife Michele and two new adorable puppies: Duffy and Kirby. Thanks Mark!