Photo courtesy ArtPace. Photo credit: Francisco Cortes.

Chalk It Up, the annual ArtPace event that invites San Antonio to freely express their creativity upon the cobbles and sidewalks of downtown Houston Street, is just around the corner.

As part of our new partnership, ArtPace and the Linda Pace Foundation has gifted CO LAB Magazine with a Corporate Competition space, which allows a team of up to ten to work within 100-square-feet of dedicated space. When deciding how best to use this resource, the CO LAB Magazine team agreed there would be few better ways than to turn it into an opportunity for growing and underserved artists, and fewer ways that would better represent our mission as a publication.

To build the team, CO LAB Magazine is reaching out to nine schools in our urban core to select nine students – one from each – to work together, exchange ideas, and showcase their artistic collaboration. The tenth space on the team will be occupied by working San Antonio artist and Chalk It Up veteran Andrea “Andi” Rivas, who will be guiding the students in planning, delegating, and working as a team to create their art.

Though we wish we could have extended this invitation to every student artist in the city, the following nine schools were selected and invited to participate:

  • The Henry Ford Academy
  • Fox Tech High School
  • Jefferson High School
  • Brackenridge High School
  • Edison High School
  • Lanier High School
  • South San Antonio High School
  • Highlands High School
  • Carver IDEA Public School

Despite the name, our team will not be using the space as a chance to compete against others, but an opportunity to show the city the beauty that is possible through coming together. To reflect this objective, the theme of our space’s work will be “a community unfurling,” how the people of a blossoming city can come together as they build upwards and ensure its foundations last long after themselves.

The assembled team will have at least two scheduled meetings to plan the design and execution of their work. On the morning of Chalk It Up, students and parents will break their fast on breakfast tacos before they get to chalking, rubbing elbows with the likes of The San Antonio Current, H-E-B, Valero, and Whataburger.

Chalk It Up takes over Houston Street on Saturday, October 14. The chalking begins at 10 am, and we hope you are as excited as we to see what these young artists create.

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