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November 18, 2009 > Chalk full of art

Chalk full of art

By Dustin Findley

The City of Milpitas Arts Commission proposed a Chalk Art Festival for spring 2010, around Earth Day, at its November 2 meeting. Artists will decorate the cement spheres along Calaveras Boulevard, in the Town Center shopping center, instead of a flat surface.

This would be an event around arts, focusing on chalk art on a convex surface. Professional artists will be commissioned to create chalk art and compete for prizes. There will be art activities for children and information about arts in Milpitas.

Commissioners must make arrangements with the City and raise funds. They expect $2,000 will be a good start.

According to Commissioner Rabe, the publicity-drive would be ready to launch in December to inform residents of the event and for it to appear in the City's event calendar. There is a need to recruit volunteers before, during and after the event.

Milpitas Rotary Club's annual spring carnival could be scheduled for about the same time and in the vicinity of the chalk art event.

The chalk is temporary. This event has no rain contingency because the spheres are firmly cemented in place, outdoors.

The commission needs to ascertain if Shapell Properties, the spheres' owners, will allow the orbs to remain decorated or if they must be washed when the event closes.

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