Sponsored by three clubs at Northview High School -- Key Club, SADD and BPA -- the art contest is scheduled to take place in the sidewalk and parking lot areas on the east side of the school May 14 (with a rain date of May 21).
"It's something unique for artists of all ages to participate in," Key Club Sponsor Pat Krider recently told The Brazil Times. "We hope the community comes out to take part in this worthwhile event."
All proceeds from the event will be used to support the upcoming 2011 Clay County Relay For Life event, which is scheduled to take place at the YMCA later in the afternoon.
"It will be a great way to start the day off and get excited about Relay," Krider said.
Artists will be separated into four categories, age 6 and under, 7-11, 12-18 and 19-adult.
They can begin their artistic endeavors at 8 a.m., and have until 1 p.m., to finish their designs before the judging begins and photos are taken. Awards for first-, second- and third-place will be given out in all categories at 2 p.m.
According to the rules of the contest, the art must be suitable for public and family viewing and can only be completed using chalk. Artists must also sign their work.
A complete list of the rules, suggested supplies to bring the day of the event and tips on how to "chalk" are available with the registration forms, which are available at all the local schools, various local banks and The Brazil Times.
There is a registration fee of $15, which includes a "special design" T-shirt for the participant. Registration forms must be completed and turned into Northview High School no later than May 4.
To spread the word about the artistic charitable event, SADD members stopped by Jackson Township Elementary during the Afternoon ROCKS program Thursday.
SADD members Allie Brown, Tanner Bradbury, Ariel Pierce, Bethany Duncan, Ashley Jones, Shelby Branson, Kaitlyn Pleake and Nate Rose, along with SADD sponsor Debbie Allen shared their "Say No To Drugs" message with the kids and details about the upcoming art contest.
"This is going to be a fun event for all ages," Allen said.
During an impromptu art contest at the school, fifth-grader Taylor Aker's drawing caught the attention of the SADD members.
"It was really fun," Aker said. "I really like to draw and would like to go to the event."
For more details about "Chalk It Up," contact organizer and Key Club Sponsor Pat Krider at 448-2661 Ext. 1217.
For more information about how to participate in the 2011 Clay County American Cancer Society Relay For Life, log onto the local Relay website http://www.relayforlife.org/claycountyin, the event Facebook page (Clay County Relay) or read ACS Relay For Life Chairperson Carrol Evans' blog "Updates for Relay" at www.thebraziltimes.com.