Photo Essay: Chalk the Walk transforms downtown Mt. Pleasant sidewalks into unique works of art

Artists competed this past week in the annual Chalk the Walk event, a workshop and competition hosted by Art Reach of Mid Michigan where artists of any age create artwork on the sidewalk in downtown Mt. Pleasant.

A $25 entry fee gave artists access to the Art Reach’s workshop, a set of chalk pastels, and a sidewalk square downtown between Main and University Street to use as their canvas.

“In past years we’ve done it right down the block in front of the old Isabella Bank building and so they were right on top of each other,” says Amy Powell, Executive Director of Art Reach of Mid Michigan. “This year, we decided to offer artists the chance to chalk anywhere on the block between Main and University that’s closed off. We’re hoping that will give artists kind of freedom to pick a square that they want to chalk and then offer plenty of social distancing as well.”

Malia Reger from Farwell, Michigan received first place in the competition and Erika Squanda and Leah Coicou from Midland, Michigan, worked together on a piece and placed second. The winners received certificates to Art Reach that can be used on classes or merchandise.

To learn about upcoming programs and workshops from Art Reach of Mid Michigan, visit