YMCA invites community to 'Chalk the Lot' art contest in Casper - Casper, WY Oil City News
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YMCA invites community to ‘Chalk the Lot’ art contest in Casper

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — The YMCA of Natrona County will be hosting a “Chalk the Lot” chalk art contest on Sunday, July 12. There will be prizes for youth and adults as well as for individuals and groups.

The theme for the YMCA “Chalk the Lot” contest is “Fair & Rodeo” and artists can make creations for the following categories:

  • Rodeo
  • Carnival
  • 4-H

“Community members are invited to join us at the YMCA of Natrona County parking lot any time between 7 am and 2 pm on Sunday, July 12 to be assigned a parking spot to create their chalk art in,” the YMCA says. “Chalk will be provided or you can bring your own.”

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People are asked to park at the Casper College Visual Arts parking lot. Judging for the contest will begin at 2 pm for the following groups:

  • Youth 11 & under
  • Youth 12 & up
  • Adult
  • Family
  • Staff/Volunteer/Board

The YMCA provided some tips for people looking to create great chalk art:

-A big chalkboard eraser works great for laying down large areas of color. Moving the eraser in a circular motion works best.

-Creating a chalk-paint by crushing chalk into water and using a paint brush is also helpful when filling large areas.

-Use masking tape to create sharp, straight lines or corners.

-Make colors intense by creating multiple layers.

-Do not blow or fan excess chalk, as it can dull your colors.

-If you’re a first-timer, considering using one object as the focal point of your artwork. Small details are difficult to manage on a rough surface, so think BIG!

-The more you work with chalk on concrete the more comfortable you will become. Practice at home if able!


The YMCA suggests that people consider brining:

  • chairs
  • knee pads
  • water (lids recommended to avoid spilling on the artwork)
  • sunscreen
  • hats
  • umbrellas
  • bug spray
  • sketches or inspiration
  • plastic coverings to protect the artwork

People are asked not to bring:

  • pets
  • radios or speakers (headphones okay)
  • alcohol
  • drugs
  • tobacco
  • weapons

“Participants must register upon arrival and parking spaces will be assigned,” the YMCA says. “Check-in will require participant information to be given and a each participant will have their temperature taken.”

“If an individual’s temperature is above 100.4 degrees Farenheit, that person will not be able to participate and will be asked to leave the YMCA grounds.”

Rules for the art contest include:

-Artwork must remain within the designated parking space.

-Drawings on buildings, trees or any other surfaces is prohibited.

-Artwork must be done with chalk. No other mediums are allowed. No fixative may be used on the drawings.

-This is a family-friendly event. Any artwork containing nudity, profanity or content deemed inappropriate by the judges will be removed and the artist disqualified.

-Be respectful of other participant’s artwork. Do not walk on, smudge or make disrespectful comments.

-The use of flammable or offensive odors may not be used.

-Participants have between the hours of 7am-2pm to complete their artwork.

-Volunteers will be available at check-in, distributing water or for any questions.

-The YMCA is a drug, alcohol, tobacco and weapon free campus. Please refrain from using or bringing any such substances or weapons to the YMCA.

-The YMCA will have a portable restroom available. The YMCA buildings will not be open for use.