Chalk this one up as a fun time for the family

When you’re artistically inspired, everything becomes a canvas. 

That’s why Chalkfest at Camana Bay is so ace. 

On Saturday, 11 May, the Town Centre will turn into an art exhibit as participants try to become Chalk Champion from their works of street art that they create along Market Street. 

Camana Bay’s Cultural Programmes Coordinator Karie Bounds is here to tell us more about the event, which is held in collaboration with the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands. 

“Chalkfest is a fun cultural event where kids, the young at heart and artists both amateur and professional are invited to transform the streets of Camana Bay into a giant outdoor canvas,” Karie tells us. 

“Through the celebration of street art we aim to encourage creativity and positive community energy. Proceeds from the event will benefit the National Gallery’s Outreach Programme.” 

Which of course is, well, cool. But how about a little help here – what are your top five tips for a successful street artwork? 

“1. Decide on an image. 2. Outline your image (a medium dark chalk is best). 3. Shade to fill in outline and blend colours together to create smooth transitions. 4. Add line work when finished (dark works best)and add highlights. 5. Most importantly … Have fun!”
You can count on it. As it’s the 10th anniversary of Chalkfest, the town has dedicated the entire month of May to a celebration of arts and culture. 

“It’s been a lot of work, but I the response from the local arts community has been amazing and I’m so proud of the exciting array of events we have put together. 

“Not only do we want to create a vibrant and welcoming environment, but we want to do what we can to foster creativity, and highlight the unique aspects of Caymanian culture and heritage. We have a host of exciting events scheduled for the coming weeks and we welcome everyone to join us in celebrating the arts,” she says. 

The competition is open to artists of all ages and abilities and registration can be made on event day. There will be prizes awarded for the best work. Entry categories are: primary (5 to 10 years old), middle school (11 to 13), high school (14 to 17) and adults (18 and older).  

Registration fee is $5 for kids and $10 for adults, and proceeds will benefit the National Gallery Outreach Programme.  

Chalk will be provided free of charge and participants are encouraged to bring rags, sponges and buckets to help with blending and covering large areas. Free water and sunscreen will be available for all participants. 


Chalkfest takes place at Camana Bay on Saturday, 11 May, from 10am to 1pm. You can register in advance by contacting [email protected], or on the day of the event. 


Chalkfest turns everything into a creative space. – Photo: Submitted

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