Remember when you were young and you would be scolded for drawing pictures in chalk on the living room floor or across the walls? Well, this Saturday you can draw with impunity at Camana Bay’s 14th annual Chalkfest competition, happening from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Unlike other similar events, Chalkfest is open to all ages – that means that both adults and kids can compete. You do not have to be a great artist – just sign up and participate.

On the day, head to Chalk Central, located at the junction of Market Street and The Paseo. The entry fee is $5 for kids and $10 for adults (18 years and older) with prizes to be won in different age categories. The proceeds from the event benefit the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands’ Outreach Programme.

Artist participation

Local artists Pascal Pernix, Shilpa Tagalpallewar, Monte Thornton and others will be on hand to create some extraordinary temporary artworks, as well as pieces that double as backdrops for some creative selfies and photo opportunities.

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The little ones will have a special workshop of their own, starting at 11 a.m. Any children aged 5 and younger are welcome to join in the bunny-drawing group in their own dedicated doodle area.

Anyone not in the mood to grab some chalk and let rip will have plenty of other activities to enjoy on the day. The Easter-themed festival includes music, courtesy of BOB FM, entertaining games and a special Story Time hosted by Books & Books and Cayman Music School from 10:30 a.m. There will be balloon animals as take-home gifts.

The Bunny Burrow, located next to Bay Market, will be a welcome respite from the rays of the sun. Here, if you are lucky, you will find the Easter Bunny who will hopefully pose for some photos.

Community Outreach Programmes

The National Gallery provides engaging art outreach programs and events for the Cayman community. These are nonprofit, art-focused initiatives where individuals are given a creative and positive environment in which they are encouraged to direct their energy into productive artistic activities. These activities help strengthen their artistic, personal and social development.

Since 2001, the gallery has developed art programs targeted at a wide range of youth and adults, from people who express a genuine interest in expanding their art skills, to those who seek to create art as a means of therapeutic expression. The demographic continues to evolve as the gallery expands and creates new programming, based on emerging interests.

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