Lawrenceville and Aurora Theatre to Host Mary Poppins Chalk Walk July 19


The City of Lawrenceville’s Downtown Development Authority (LDDA) and Aurora Theatre invites the community to celebrate the Arts on July 19 with a ‘Chalk Walk’!  Inspired by the Aurora Theatre’s season opener for the 2014-15 season, Disney’s Mary Poppins, Lawrenceville’s Chalk Walk will provide residents, visitors and amateur artists the opportunity to showcase their talents on the sidewalk in Downtown Lawrenceville. To register for this free event, please click here.

David Still, Chairman for the LLDDA, said, “Having a focus on art and culture is fundamental to a city’s ability to attract good quality businesses to the area. Events like the Chalk Walk align directly with the ‘promotion’ cornerstone of the Main Street program and encourage activity – as a community – in our downtown.”

Artists of all ages are invited to showcase their chalk drawing talents on July 19 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Lawrenceville Square. Participants are encouraged to register and bring their registration form to the Chalk Walk booth at the Lawrenceville Farmers’ Market on the day of the event. Thanks to the Local Republic restaurant, chalk will be provided free-of-charge and designated drawing spaces for participants will be assigned at check-in.

Participants will be competing to win one of several cash prizes, in addition to 2 tickets for a showing of Disney’s Mary Poppins in the following categories:

  • Professional Adult Artist – $300
  • Amateur Adult Artist – $100
  • Youth Artist (11-18 year old) – $100

During the week preceding the Chalk Walk, the City of Lawrenceville and Aurora Theatre will also be hosting world-renowned 3D Chalk Artist, Anthony Cappetto, who will be drawing an original chalk masterpiece on a 20’x20’ canvas during the course of the week. Mr. Cappetto is an internationally traveled artist, known globally for his vision in blending the traditional art form of chalk drawing with 3D illusionary street painting [with emerging technologies, such as animated augmented reality (AR) and related concepts].

Aurora Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director, Anthony Rodriguez says, “We are thrilled to partner with the City of Lawrenceville to bring the internationally known chalk artist, Anthony Cappetto, back to his region. At Aurora, our goal is to create accessible arts experiences for our entire community, and everyone can remember being a child drawing on the sidewalk. Imaginative experiences like the Chalk Walk tap into that magic place where anything is possible. I can’t wait to see Mr. Cappetto’s finished masterpiece alongside the original creations of our community!”

The Chalk Walk will culminate with the unveiling of Mr. Cappetto’s masterpiece, which he will gift to the City as a piece of public art to be displayed at a location to be named at a later date. For more information about the Lawrenceville Chalk Walk, call 678.226.2646, or click here.