The 20th annual Oak Ridge Street Painting Festival at Jackson Square on Saturday will offer a new challenge this year, a press release said.
The October 19 event will be held in historic Jackson Square, and it will offer the first STEAM Challenge. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.
The festival will, as always, offer prizes for artists in each category, the press release said. But this year, artists in any category can win an all-ages, all-categories bonus prize as part of the STEAM challenge.
The Street Painting Festival is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Oak Ridge. It’s a fundraiser for Roane State Community College scholarships.
Chalking will begin at 8 a.m. Categories are available for all ages, teams, and families, the press release said. Artist participation is free.
Prizes for each category are $75 for first place, $25 for second place, and $15 for third place. A $300 prize will be given for Best in Show, and a $200 prize will be given for a People’s Choice Award.
Artists in any category can compete for a $25 bonus prize by accepting the STEAM challenge.
The STEAM challenge is intended to draw – no pun intended – the many connections between the arts and science, technology, engineering, and math, the press release said. Artists can enter the challenge in one of two ways. One all-ages, all-categories bonus prize of $25 will be given for each type of entry.
Use technology to create your artwork. Artists must, on site, clearly demonstrate use of technology to create their artwork. For example, a team could build a robot to chalk their square. Technology must be used while at the festival. Judges will evaluate how well technology was used to create the artwork and the creativity and quality of the artwork.
Create artwork inspired by science, technology, engineering, and math. Artists will create chalk art clearly inspired by STEM fields. Judges will evaluate entries on their creativity and the connection between the artwork and STEM disciplines.
Registration for artists and sponsors is open. Artist participation is free thanks to event sponsors, the press release said. In addition, the event raises funds that provide scholarships to Roane State students who otherwise could not afford to attend college. More than $200,000 has been raised since the first festival.
Festival sponsors purchase sidewalk squares for the artists. The squares are marked with the sponsor’s name.
To register as an artist or become a sponsor, visit www.roanestate.edu/streetpaintingfestival.
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