2021 El Cerrito Arts Month Event

October is National Arts and Humanities Month

The City of El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission encourages everyone to celebrate and promote the arts and culture! Participate, patronize and support the arts and humanities in El Cerrito.

Chalk it up, El Cerrito!
Cancelled due to weather condition
Manila avenue, between San Pablo Avenue and Kearney Street, El CerritoChalk It Up El Cerrito!
Free, family-friendly event brings neighbors, friends, and professional chalk artists together to create art on the street.
On Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 2p.m., the City of El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission presents Chalk It Up, El Cerrito!, a free, family-friendly event that brings neighbors, friends, and professional artists together to celebrate creativity and unleash the artist in each of us with a day of drawing, fun, and music. Chalk It Up, El Cerrito! will be held Manila Avenue between San Pablo Avenue and Kearney Streets (between City Hall and the Public Safety Building). This area will become a public canvas, where everyone is encouraged to pick up a piece of chalk and add to the collaborative street art. Chalk and plenty of room to create will be supplied, you bring your ideas and drawing skills! Draw right on the street alongside Bay Area chalk artists Cole Askevold and Marlon Yanes who will showcase their talents alongside anyone and everyone who is inspired to make their artistic mark while dance your chalk dust off to the tunes of The Tallest Kid in the Room. This is an open-air, outdoor event; however, face coverings and social distancing are strongly encouraged.

 Manila Avenue, between San Pablo Avenue and Kearney Street, El Cerrito

 ● Free and open to all
 ● Chalk provided
 ● Face coverings strongly encouraged
 ● Restrooms available
 ● Bring your own drinks, snacks, and creativity

Cole Askevold is a multimedia artist who works in a variety of materials, including chalk. She earned a Bachelor of Art from the University of Alaska Anchorage, where she later taught as an adjunct professor. Askevold holds a Master of Fine Arts and a Master of Arts in History and Theory of Contemporary Art from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Marlon Yanes is a Bay Area artist, street painter, muralist, and illustrator. A native of Guatemala, his professional career began at the age of 27 when he started working at Whole Foods Market in Palo Alto. His love for art grew quickly and led him to become the Regional Chalk Artist for Whole Foods Market in the Northern California/Reno Region, as well as creating murals in the San Francisco Financial District, and new startup companies in the Bay Area.

The Tallest Kid in the Room, formed by Oakland teachers Bret Turner and Ian Walters, is a musical project about “livin’ that classroom life.” Folk-driven with a mix of different genres, Bret’s fingerstyle guitar and kid-centered lyrics meet Ian’s horns, vocals, and production magic in the sweet spot for toe-tapping tunes. These are songs about Band-Aids, lining up, Zoom school, loneliness, kickball, big feelings and small pencils—with a sound that’s as relatable to adults as it is to the kids around them.