How did our Merchants, bars and restaurants do?
Everyone benefitted. There are festivals where you might see signs “no pictures” plus charge to get in, but not here. This 21st year Lake Worth Beach Chalk event is all about Art Molinari. The elusive form that depicts religious pictures by itinerant artists in the renaissance times out doors for alms. Mostly practiced in Italy then spread around the world. The oldest one in the U.S. is in Santa Barbara, Calif. The second most successful one is right here. It takes a great many people to make this a world-class event. The co-operation of the City, the neighborhoods, young adults who need community service hours.
with a 501c3 to graduate and of course traffic crowd Control.
Then you might find buskers who work for tips or are hired for the day, face painters. There are always small vendors who pay a fee or sneak in to participate i.e. jewelry sales things that have nothing to do at all with the art. How about the funnel cakes, lemonade stands and of course top dollar is paid by the sponsors who
want their name out in front and have given a ways, cups, pencils, magnets. All this keeps a large crowd occupied. WOW not the fun part that the visitors witness.
More behind the scene is getting sponsors for the squares to be painted, matching them up with qualified artists. Some square sponsors hire their own artists, some even get them from out of town. Quality matters, it represents them and people notice.
Schools are awarded scholarships to participate. I’m sure I haven’t touched on all the behind the scenes. No small undertaking. “it takes a village” So how does the Children’s area work. Extra help as the parents want the space, in the shade. This year extra spaces had to be created. All used the first day, washed over night and re-used to capacity. Awesome!
Just a couple of community involved sponsors
Some before and after, for those who could not come both days.