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ADA, Okla. - East Central University’s annual sidewalk chalk art festival, “Grounded,” returns to the ECU Centennial Plaza Thursday, Oct. 5. 

Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. with artists starting their works at 9 a.m. All artists will have until 3:30 p.m. to complete their work and judging will begin immediately after. 

“The Grounded Chalk Art Festival is a wonderful opportunity for ECU students, area schoolchildren, and members of the community to create and celebrate public art on the ECU campus,” said Sarah Engel, chair of Art + Design : Media + Communication.

Awards will be given at 4 p.m. with an art sale and live music taking place at 5:30 p.m.

The entry fee is $10 for a 10 x10 foot space for groups or individuals competing for awards. Four categories make up the competition: grades 6 and below, grades 7-9, grades 10-12, and college age.

All chalk art must be created on Oct. 5. Only the water-soluble temporary chalk provided at check in can be used. Spaces will be assigned at check in. Any artists that begin early will be disqualified. Artists can register onsite.

For more information, contact Melina Smyres at

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