Chalk The Walk 2024
The 19th annual Chalk the Walk, Iowa’s largest-ever Madonnari Festival, is a two-day festival taking place Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day in Uptown Mount Vernon.
Additional details will be available closer to the date of the event.
The 2024 collaborative centerpiece will be announced prior to Chalk the Walk.
Chalk the Walk is based on an original art form that began in Italy in the 16th century. Called Madonnari, this form of public art was originally done by street artists hoping to collect coins from passersby. Images back then were based on religious themes, and as the Madonna was a popular subject, the artists became known as the “Madonnari.”
Applications Will Be Available Online
- Artist application
- Food vendor application
- Volunteer application
About Mount Vernon
Historic Mount Vernon, Iowa, is home to 4500 residents, including 1200 college students enrolled at Cornell College. Located in Eastern Iowa at the intersection of Highways 30 and 1, 20 miles north of Iowa City and 15 miles east of Cedar Rapids, it boasts a vibrant uptown business community with numerous antique and specialty stores, restaurants, coffee houses, commercial art galleries, and three National Historic Districts.