The Virtual 20th Annual Children’s Art Walk, May 1st- 15th, 2020

The New 2020 Virtual Version! Allied Arts of Whatcom County is excited to be celebrating the 20th annual Children’s Art Walk. The event was created to celebrate the end of the school year and the arts activities taking place in our local schools. In 2019, over 2,000 youth from throughout Whatcom County, displayed their artwork in 60 different downtown businesses. Life in Whatcom County is a lot different this Spring, with the COVID-19 Quarantine our schools and businesses are closed and we are confined to our homes. We know creativity is thriving! We have seen dozens of social media posts of whimsical chalk art, fantastic performances and perfectly calibrated chain reaction machines and sculptures. In honor of this homegrown creativity, Allied Arts is taking the 20th Annual Children’s Art Walk virtual! This program is primarily for Elementary school aged youth, but anyone is welcome to join in. We hope to get over 2,000 posts! Check the Allied Arts of Whatcom County Facebook page for 2020 Virtual Art Walk May 1-15

Get Involved May 1 – 15

Anyone with creative kiddos at home: Post images or videos of creations on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #ChildrensArtWalk. Please also include your name, artwork title, grade, school and a sentence or two about your work!

Share your artwork with your neighbors: adorn your sidewalks with chalk art, display your creations in your front windows or create yard sculptures! Post pictures on Facebook or Instagram with #ChildrensArtWalk

Schools: Many of you had already signed up to participate in the Children’s Art Walk. If you have artwork available, were already working with a business and are still able to safely hang the work in the business, please do so and let us know and we’ll feature the work in a special post. Take photos of the work and send them to katy@alliedarts.org along with the location, name of your school, grade and teacher of the kids whose work is hung! We’ll tag them with #ChildrensArtWalk on Facebook and Instagram to be part of the show!

Businesses: Many of you had already signed up to participate in the Children’s Art Walk. If you have a school you were working with and are still able to safely hang the work, please do so and let us know and we’ll feature the work in a special post. Take photos of the work and send them to katy@alliedarts.org along with the name of your school, grade and teacher of the kids whose work is hung! We’ll tag them with #ChildrensArtWalk on Facebook and Instagram to be part of the show!

Arts orgs: Highlight your youth programs on social media and be sure use #ChildrensArtWalk in your post!

Keep an eye on the Allied Arts Facebook and Instagram pages where we’ll post all the great stuff we get from these creative kids! If there are any questions or concerns feel free to e-mail the Children’s Art Walk Coordinator, at caw@alliedarts.org

Participating Schools

WMS art students examined posters made by artists under the Federal Arts Project for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the 1930’s and 1940’s.  Taking inspiration from these posters use of elements of art and principles of design, 6th through 8th grade students made their own public service announcement posters that relate to the current pandemic. 

6th, 7th and 8th graders doing eLearning at home were tasked with recreating a famous work of art using objects around the house. These kids really committed to their roles!