Seriously, let’s chalk about foster care…

For 20 years, Utah Foster Care has partnered with local artists in presenting our annual Chalk Art Festival at The Gateway, all to support Utah’s foster families! Join us for an expanded celebration featuring world-renowned 3-D chalk artist Julie Kirk Purcell and Foster Families of the Year. The free, family-friendly festival takes place June 17-19th and features the interactive Kids Korner and more than 100 artists creating one-of-a-kind masterpieces.

FRIDAY – JUNE 17   |   5:00 – 9:00pm

Chalking begins, enjoy Gateway restaurants and our interactive Kids Korner.

SATURDAY – JUNE 18   |   11:00am – 9:00pm

Chalk murals come to life as artists complete murals.
Enjoy face painting, activites with Relative Race, princesses, superheroes, food trucks, vendors, Kids Korner, and more!
Evening entertainment @6pm featuring Relative Race host Dan Debenham, DJ Rob and Foster Families of the Year awards.

SUNDAY – JUNE 19   |   All Day Viewing

Stroll the gallery of finished chalk art murals, as you celebrate Father’s Day with your favorite dad!


Help us raise awareness for foster care by sharing foster facts and your family festival fun!

@utahfostercare and #UtahChalkArtFestival!


Be a Part of the Magic

Utah Foster Care’s annual Chalk Art Festival would not be possible without a team of  volunteers. We welcome corporate volunteers, as well as individuals who want to show their support for Utah’s foster families. We count on our volunteers to layout art squares, staff our information booths, and provide tender loving care to our chalk artists.

If you have a large group wanting to volunteer, contact Kelly Els. Individual volunteer registration starts each May.


We will have staff and/or foster parents at each booth to answer questions about foster care.  Volunteers will be handing out prizes from the activity at the table, encouraging attendees to find out more about children in foster care and how they can help.


At the Kid’s Korner, children can try their hand at creating their own artwork.  Volunteers will distribute and collect chalk, supervise the children to make sure they aren’t chalking where they shouldn’t or creating…um…inappropriate artwork, supervising other activities, helping with the activity at the table, and encouraging families to speak with one of our staff or foster parents to find out more about how they can help.


Chalk Swap tables are where artists can get more supplies, fill a water bottle, or drop off supplies that they no longer need but another artist might.


We encourage all volunteers to talk to festival guests. Remind them that the purpose of this event is to bring awareness to the needs of children in foster care. Ask them to consider getting involved.

Hospitality room/headquarters is in the space for the old “Sur la Tab” behind the stage on Olympic plaza. Artists/volunteers are able to access this space for a drink and cool off. We will also have an “Artist break room” at the South end where staff and artists can cool off and get a drink. Both days these locations are open 11-7.



Parking will only be validated at Gateway’s underground lots marked “North” and “South,” accessible from 400 West or 100 South. If you park in any other lot, you will have to pay parking fees.

Bring a hat, sunscreen, and lots of water!  We will also have sunscreen available in the hospitality room, and water and shade in the break room.

We will have food and snacks in the hospitality room, along with a variety of drinks to keep you hydrated.  We ask that you be mindful – as a non-profit we have limited resources.  We certainly don’t want you to go hungry or thirsty, but we won’t be able to feed your family and friends too.

What if people ask you questions about foster care or details about the festival which you don’t know?

The Chalk Art Festival is sponsored by Utah Foster Care to bring attention to the thousands of children in foster care in Utah who need a safe and caring place to stay.  It is also to honor over a thousand foster parents in Utah who need the support of the community to continue this great work they are doing.

Perhaps not everyone can be a foster parent, but there is something everyone can do to help support children in foster care and the families that care for them.

How do I vote for my favorite artist?

Attendees can DONATE TO VOTE for the People’s Choice award in both the Adult and Youth categories.

How long will the artwork last?

Rio Grande Street will remain closed and the artwork will remain through Sunday. Sunday night the artwork is cleaned off in preparation for the street opening to traffic Monday.

Where are the restrooms? Drinking fountains?

This is a question you are sure to hear – so you’ll want to take a look around when you get to your assigned area and familiarize yourself with the nearest facilities.

Where can artists find supplies/water/food?

Artists can get supplies and re-fill a water bottle at one of the chalk swap tables (marked by an umbrella) or in the hospitality room.  They can also get supplies or a drink from one of the roving golf carts. There are no meals provided for artists on Friday.  There will be light breakfast food available at the hospitality room Saturday morning.  Artists should have received a coupon for Saturday’s lunch when they check in at the hospitality room. Please direct artists to the hospitality room if there are any additional questions.

Thank you for your willingness to join us and show up for foster care!  It is the help of volunteers like you that make this event such a success!



Adult artist applications are OPEN through March 31st!

2022 Theme – Finding Joy

We can’t wait to experience your chalking magic!

To keep the festival a great experience for artists and guests, we’ve put together a list of rules.

– All artists must have their design pre-approved by UFC. If an artist would like to change their design, they will need to resubmit their artwork.
– Artwork may not include nudity, lewdness, political messages, personal agendas, or any controversial subject, or anything deemed to be inappropriate by the festival organizers. Scenes that are not in harmony with the spirit of the festival may be removed or altered by the festival organizers.
– Artists may not chalk outside of their square.
– Artists are not allowed to add signage or displays by their square. A social media handle of the artist’s choice will be included on the formal signage provided by the festival.
– We look forward to your pieces of original art. If the artwork is not original, please seek out permission from the owner of the artwork and include credit to the original artist.
– Stenciling will not be allowed in the competition.
– Washable tempera paint is allowed. Oil pastels are absolutely not allowed. Artists may be responsible for the clean up of unapproved media.
– Artists may work alone or in teams up to 4 people.
– The type of team will be determined by the age of the oldest artist.
– Sponsored artists will not be required to pay a registration fee. All artists will be provided a t-shirt, lunch on Saturday, water, and chalk. Artists with squares with higher level sponsorships may receive additional perks.
– Artists are allowed to bring a canopy for shade.
– Please be respectful of neighbors by staying in your own area and keeping your area clean.

– Please do not sell any items at your square or display any other signs, etc.

– Given the nature of our event, we request you not display tip jars. You may accept tips, but please refrain from providing a tip jar.

It’s all about amazing street art, and it’s also about kids needing safe homes. Each Father’s Day weekend, this free community Chalk Art Festival turns Rio Grande Street into a gallery of vibrant street murals. Thousands come to enjoy the festival while we share the message of the importance of foster care in our community.

The folks at UFC are making a special effort to raise funding for special programs that are only possible through donations and sponsorships – programs that grant special wishes to kids in foster care, provide holiday gifts, and give foster families a chance to experience a water park, Sunday Supper and so much more. Will you help by finding sponsors for your chalk art square? Sponsors can be family members, friends, or a business.

So what’s in it for the artists? For each level of sponsorship comes added perks for those chalking!

Artists who get top two sponsorships get to choose their location on Rio Grande!


  • Sponsor sign near mural
  • Access to exclusive treats and drinks.


  • Sponsor sign near mural
  • Dinner during judging on Saturday
  • Access to exclusive treats and drinks
  • Thank you gift bag


  • Sponsor sign near mural
  • Dinner during judging on Saturday
  • Access to exclusive treats and drinks
  • Thank you gift tub with things to keep you chalking all month


  • Sponsor sign near mural
  • Dinner during judging on Saturday
  • Access to exclusive treats and drinks
  • Thank you gift in a large tub with things to keep you chalking all summer

To submit sponsorships, please contact and submit by May 31st!

Artists will be allowed to chalk from 11:00 am Friday June 17th- until Saturday June 18th at 4:00.

Please feel free to bring a canopy for shade! All artists will be provided a t-shirt, lunch on Saturday, water, and chalk.

Judging will take place Saturday @ 4:00 pm. Winners will be announced at 6:00 pm

Youth artist registration ends May 15th, or once it’s full!

For ages 12- 17  |   2022 Theme: FINDING JOY

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Artist registration is now CLOSED.

Submitting an application does not guarantee participation. Juried artists will be contacted by April 15, 2022.


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We wouldn’t be able to Chalk About Foster Care without you.


By Deborah Lindner, Festival Organizer

The Gateway has been both the venue and a valuable partner ever since Utah Foster Care’s first Chalk Art Festival took to the streets, back in 2003. Back then, we did everything we could to attract artists to our new event. Now, street painters of every age flock to this annual community art festival.

The Gateway has proven itself as a premier event destination, closing its main artery, Rio Grande Street, to provide the canvas on which artists toil away to create the vibrant works of art that visitors can enjoy – for free!

We thank the management and marketing team at The Gateway, as well as its parent company Vestar, for years of support for Utah’s foster care community and the Chalk Art Festival.