17th annual Chalk the Walk

May 7-8/Mount Vernon – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. along 1st Street. This is Iowa’s larges-ever Madonnari Festival. This year honoring 1980s artist Keith Haring, an artist who believed in creating art for the masses through subway graffiti and community murals. The committee has chosen Haring’s “Retrospect” as its large community piece this year. For a $10 donation to the festival, any interested festival participant will be given a set of chalk sticks to create a single 2’ by 2’ square of a portion of the “Retrospect” image. When finished, a recreation will appear on Mount Vernon’s Main Street as a giant image. This centerpiece of Chalk the Walk 2022 will be created with pastel chalk by dozens of artists of all ages and abilities. Outdoor food vendors and musicians will be present both days. Visit Mt. Vernon.


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