In celebration of National Foster Care Month, Catholic Community Services' Division of Child Care and Family Resources and the State of Alaska Division of Health and Social Services Office of Children's Services are teaming up in the "Foster a Future" Chalk Art Festival this weekend. The festival, held inside the Nugget Mall on Saturday and Sunday, was created as a way to promote foster care awareness.
Featured guest artist Barbara Lavallee, award winning illustrator of "Mama, Do You Love Me?," will be on hand all weekend creating her own chalk art and will be doing a book signing from 1-2 p.m. each day at Hearthside Books.
A traditional chalk art festival would be held outside on sidewalks, but due to the unpredictable nature of Juneau weather the event will take place inside. Artists age 12 and up will be provided with a 36"x44" piece of heavy, cold-press paper, adhered to a flat surface on the floor. Each artist will receive a 24-color set of chalk pastels to use. Artists may work individually or in group of up to three.
Kids age 11 and under will receive their own 9"x12" chalk board and set of colored chalk. All works will be displayed in the Nugget Mall for the week following the event. There will be judging in the adult, student (age 12-18) and kids categories with prizes given in each.
Preregistration is recommended for adults and students. Registration forms can be found at www.ccsjuneau.org under Child Care and Family Resources or can be picked up at Hearthside Books, the Nugget Mall office, Juneau Arts & Humanities Council or at the Canvas.
No registration is necessary for the kids program and space is available on a first come, first served basis.
For more information about the Chalk Art Festival or becoming a foster parent call 463-6180.