When: Sat., Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 2015
For a lot of local art lovers, "kid-friendly" might not be the first thing one associates with contemporary-art mainstay Artpace. And that's probably one reason people love it. In a city obsessed with family events, Artpace, a downtown oasis for challenging works by up-and-coming local and international artists, is almost defiantly adult. And the defiant adults who patronize the organization for its heady artist talks and swanky gatherings may also casually overlook an annual Artpace festivity that generally lacks both free booze and a foreign-born curator holding forth on Lacan's concept of the real. We're talking about Chalk It Up, Artpace's very kid-friendly daytime pachanga. The event, which features dozens of artists and students creating ephemeral chalk drawings and installations along Houston Street in the heart of Downtown SA, is tied into Artpace's substantial arts-education arm. "It's a definitely a family event, but it's a street festival and there's vendors and there's food and there's music and there's the local businesses up and down Houston," says Roberta "Nina" Hassele, who's returning to curate Chalk It Up's 19 featured artists for the third year in a row. Aside from featured artists, there are also school teams in the "Team Works" section and San Anto-style blue chippers, like Cruz Ortiz and Ethel Shipton, as "showcase artists." And if Chalk It Up is cool enough for them, it's cool enough for you. As Hassele mentioned, there are also performances, installations, workshops by the likes of Mobile Om yoga, food and music. "The first time I went was without my son, and it was great," said Hassele. "I love seeing the art that people create, it's so beautiful and so out of the ordinary from what they do. People love it. I'm not talking about tourists, I'm talking about San Antonians." And if you can't bear the thought of attending an Artpace event without an adult beverage in hand? Hassele slyly suggests that there are plenty of places downtown to get a bloody mary on Saturday morning.