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A Big Success, a Big Thank you!



By all accounts, Beaufort’s 2024 Chalk It Up! chalk art festival was a very successful event!  Lots of energy, lots of creativity, and lots of happy people who want to participate in next year’s Chalk It Up!


Even with the initial trepidation of rain on Saturday morning causing a slow start for artists who must be on their hands and knees to create what would become wonderful chalk art, popular local musician Walk Dean took to the stage to kick off the two-day festival on time.  And the music kept on playing throughout Saturday and Sunday, with Ashley Holland, Edward and Ryan, and the Deckhands Band.


Freedman Arts District’s festival organizers want to especially thank the many people and businesses who made Chalk It Up! a success.  


Nearly 100 volunteers were involved, including several Marines from area bases; plus 40 sponsors provided invaluable financial support; and more than 40 artists participated, including art students from USCB and SCAD, as well as students for Lady’s Island Middle School and Bridges Prep.  The aerial and ground photography services capturing the artists’ amazing art was all provided pro bono by SK Signs and 1111 Marcom.


And of course, no large public festival can happen without certain critical services, and the organizers are very appreciative of Capital Waste Services for providing free trash service.  A special thank you goes to the City of Beaufort police force who protected the chalk artwork overnight and notified organizers during the night that heavy winds were blowing away protective tarps.  


The festival team is already looking at the 2025 Spring calendar to plan the next Chalk It Up! and hope to create an even Bigger Success!     

Chalk It Up!

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Drone Photography in the slides below were taken by and sponsored by SK Signs, Designs and Marketing.




Chalk It Up! – an immersive two-day festival featuring music performances by local musicians, hands-on activities, food trucks, and large-scale street chalk painting will be held in historic downtown Beaufort, SC. This distinctively creative event, being organized by the Freedman Arts District, combines community engagement and art appreciation into one FREE fun-filled weekend, March 23-24!


Festival organizers are gathering together artists near and far to create huge colorful chalk illustrations directly on the pavement of a neighborhood parking lot. Artists interested in participating can apply here.


An awards ceremony will follow on Sunday at 5pm. Three prizes will be awarded – First Place $500; Second Place $300; People’s Choice $200.

This year's Signature Artists:

Lisa Gaither  Raleigh, NC


Erik Greenawalt  Pittsburgh, PA

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Chelsey Scott  Atlanta, GA


Chalk It Up! is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission; National Endowment for the Arts; Beaufort County ATAX; and the City of Beaufort.

This year's Musicians:

Walker Dean

Saturday Morning

Ashley Holland

Saturday Afternoon

The Deckhands Band

Sunday Morning

Edward & Ryan

Sunday Afternoon

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Chalk It Up! is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission; National Endowment for the Arts; Beaufort County ATAX; and the City of Beaufort.


As a volunteer, you'll play a crucial role in bringing the streets to life with stunning chalk creations, fostering a sense of unity and creativity within our community.


Freedman Arts District and its festival organizers are grateful for sponsorship support of Chalk It Up! As our primary fundraiser for the year, sponsors are critical in helping us achieve our fundraising goals. We love to celebrate the businesses and individuals who believe in our mission of investing in the local community, its artists and the future of creative thinkers.

Art Aficionado | $10,000+

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Sharon & Dick Stewart

Signature Artist Star | $5,000 - $9,999


Community Patron | $1,000-$4,999 or in-kind

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303 Associates
Beaufort Inn
JH Hiers Construction

Sharing Common Ground / Billy Keyserling
James H. Moss
H. Fred Kuhn, Jr.

Art Lover | $500-$999 or in-kind

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Leadership Beaufort Class of 2024

Pell-Co Construction

Bill & Julie Quarles

SK Signs*

Marc & Linda Sviland

Good Neighbor | $250-$499 or in-kind

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Stacy Applegate & Wendy Geller/Keller Williams

Pat Battistini

​Berman Property Group

Bliss Salon

Destination Beaufort

Tim & Maryann Driscoll

Emily Durso

George & Jane Forsythe

​Hamilton Fine Homes / Rick Hamilton

Rick Hamilton/Hamilton Fine Homes

Tim & Lisa Holt

Mike McFee/Hometown Realty

​Pruitt Grocery House / Mike & Kathy Uzzle

Christine Rogers-Raetsch

Barbara Thomas

​Tully LLC

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