City of Jacksonville


Manatee Chalk Drawing

Art in the Park Returns for Its 4th Annual Chalk Drawing Competition on March 30th

January 30, 2024
Art in the Park, Northeast Florida’s only Chalk Drawing competition, returns for a fourth year to Jacksonville. This event is presented by YaYa Productions, Friends of James Weldon Johnson Park, and made possible through a generous grant from the PNC Foundation. Over the years, several illustrious artists joined the competition including Christopher Clark, Elena Ohlander, Roosevelt Watson III, Adrian Rhodes, Grace Bio, Marcus Williams, Jenn Veal, Maiye Elaine, and Tatiana Kitchen. Several talented students from Duval County Public Schools have also competed and produced amazing chalk art. This year’s artist line up will be announced in early March.

The festival was voted by Jacksonville Magazine readers as “Best Art Festival” in 2023.

WHAT: During the competition, artists of all ages will have up to six hours to create a work of art entirely from chalk. Visitors to the park will be able to watch the art happening right before their eyes, talk to the artists and vote on which ones they like best.

The theme for 2024 will be “Under the Sea.” Participants will be given chalk and other tools to create their sidewalk art. Once the time is up, esteemed judges in the art community will visit each piece and vote on their favorites. Combined with the public vote, there will be first, second and third place prizes in three categories: Main Artists, High School Student, and Middle School Student. Elementary School Students are also eligible to create artwork for participation prizes, and past Art in the Park winners will mentor them on their creations.

WHERE: James Weldon Johnson Park, 135 W Monroe St, Jacksonville, FL 32202

WHEN: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sat., March 30, 2024

For more information, contact Jihan White at or (904) 515-5098 ext. 3.