Deadline Extended for Artists for 10th Annual Indio Chalk Festival

Call for Entries Now Open through March 2nd; $5,000 in Prizes to Be Awarded to Winning Artists

The City of Indio’s Public Arts and Historic Preservation Commission invites all professional artists to participate in the 10th Annual Art in the Square Chalk Festival on March 8-11, 2018, in downtown Indio.

Awards for participating professional artists will be: First Place – $2,500; Second Place –

$1,500; and Third Place – $1,000. Professional artists from all original art disciplines are encouraged to apply.

“We’re so pleased to be bringing this family-friendly festival back to Indio for its 10th year,” said William G. Maloney, Public Arts & Historic Preservation Commission Chair. “This event is a great way for professional artists to vie for cash prizes while showcasing their art for those attending this fun weekend filled with chalk art, food and live music.”

Chalk made by Eternity is provided, or professional artists can opt to bring their own chalk. Artists may request the size of their space in advance as part of their application. Chalk art space will be designated on the concrete sidewalks and asphalt surfaces of Miles Avenue between Oasis and Smurr Streets in downtown Indio.

Application forms can be downloaded at or, and will be accepted through March 2, 2018. There is a $25 fee to apply. Notifications will be sent immediately upon acceptance via U.S. mail, along with a professional artist packet including detailed information about the festival.

Accepted artists must be present all 4 days of the festival, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, regardless of weather. Professional artists will begin their art on Thursday morning, March 8th, and continue throughout the festival. Awards for artists will be announced Sunday afternoon, March 11th, at 1:00 pm Professional artists must be 18 years or older to participate.

The 10th Annual Art in the Square Chalk Festival is free to attend, and will include food vendors as well as entertainment.

For more information regarding professional artist applications, contact Mamum Faruque at (760) 541-4252 or