Call for Entries Open through February 15th; $5,000 in Prizes to Be Awarded to Winning Artists

By Andrea Carter

The City of Indio’s Public Arts and Historic Preservation Commission invites all professional artists to apply for participation in the 10th Annual Art in the Square Chalk Festival in Indio, happening March 8-12, 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, and will be accepted through February 15, 2018. There is a $25 fee to apply. Acceptance 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 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., regardless of weather. Professional artists will begin their art on Thursday morning, March 8th, and continue it throughout the festival. Awards for artists will be announced Sunday afternoon, March 11th, at 1:00 p.m.

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