Paint the Town with Chalk set for May 23

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (May 8, 2020) - Oak Ridge was created without a central, mixed-use downtown during the Manhattan Project. That is all about to change. Plans are being developed to turn Wilson Street, near Main Street, into a buzzing, active Downtown area!

So, to help show off that area, the City of Oak Ridge is inviting everyone out to watch on May 23, 2020, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., as we “Paint the Town with Chalk”!

There will be 15 professional artists creating chalk artwork that will help promote the visions of a Main Street’s vitality and community spirit – – and you can watch as that excitement comes alive!  Spectators will be able to vote on the TN Bank People’s Choice Award. A Best in Show prize will be given to the drawing that best depicts the vision of Main Street. That prize is being donated by Jim Dodson.

But, what is Paint the Town with Chalk? It is a Chalk Walk and exhibit to help people visualize what downtown could be like, in order to build support and enthusiasm; and to show that Oak Ridge is excited about the amazing possibilities for this area.

COVID-19 precautions should be taken to help keep everyone safe and healthy. Spectators can walk or drive by as the artists complete their drawings. People are asked to practice social distancing and encouraged to wear masks when walking through. 

The goal is to see a fun atmosphere of urban living depicted in the chalk drawings.

Get involved in the excitement! On May 23rd, chalk drawings will be completed and displayed by 15 professional artists from around the region. Therefore, in the week leading up to “Paint the Town with Chalk”, grab your family, a pack of chalk and turn a section of your driveway or sidewalk into a vision of what you would like to see in a vibrant downtown area! Maybe it is a farmers market, a street musician, a bakery with amazing cupcakes or a local book store.  Let your imagination run wild!

You can also email it to Explore Oak Ridge at katy@oakridgevisitor.com. Explore Oak Ridge will post them to the Paint the Town web page and the one with the most votes will receive a $100 prize for the Community Spirit Award sponsored by OR Pharmacy!  All entries must be submitted by May 20, 2020 and voting will take place until 4 p.m. on May 23rd.  It is easy and lots of fun, so grab some chalk and start drawing!

Sponsors of the event include, City of Oak Ridge, Explore Oak Ridge, TN Bank and Oak Ridge Pharmacy.