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Tracy Lee Stum butterflies -courtesy photo (click on image to enlarge photo)

ArtSplash Dives into Carlsbad September 26-27

Carlsbad CA— The 13th annual ArtSplash Chalk Art and Entertainment Festival dives onto Armada Drive in Carlsbad on September 26 (10-6) and 27 (10-5), 2015. Event-goers will enjoy free parking and free admission to a colorful weekend of nonstop arts, music, entertainment and food with the picturesque Pacific as a backdrop.

Fern Street Circus-courtesy Photo (click on image to enlarge photo)

Fern Street Circus-courtesy Photo (click on image to enlarge photo)

Exciting new festival features this year include the magical 3D chalk art of internationally renowned Tracy Lee Stum (www.tracyleestum.com) and madcap antics of Fern Street Circus (www.fernstreetcircus.com), which will team with ArtSplash Co-Founder Ron Juncal to lead an interactive Community Parade springing up organically throughout the event.

ArtSplash’s perennial big draw is museum-quality chalk paintings created by professional artists that come to life on the pavement as visitors marvel, plus family chalk squares that inspire children’s creativity to soar. Also returning are fan faves such as sand sculpture by nationally-famous Gerry Kirk, popular groups such Vista Buddhist Temple Shokenji Taiko Drummers kicking off the event and Euphoria Brass Band taking its New Orleans brand of music to the street, fine art vendors, a mash-up of speed painting and music, drought-tolerant “smarty plants” in unique, artist-embellished containers and surprises to come.

ArtSplash Co-Founder and Chair Joni Miringoff states, “We intend to live up to our 2015 theme of ‘A September to Remember.’ We thank the City of Carlsbad for again being our Title Sponsor.”

Shokenji Taiko Drummers (courtesy photo)

Shokenji Taiko Drummers (courtesy photo)

Event proceeds benefit arts and music programs in North County schools. To date, ArtSplash has contributed approximately $60,000 to diverse K-12 programs across six school districts. During school year 2014-15, grants funded 14 innovative and enriching programs, including an after-school music program at Mission Elementary in Oceanside, a mosaic-embellished courtyard at Park Dale Lane Elementary in Encinitas, unique visual arts projects at Valley Middle in Carlsbad and San Marcos Middle in San Marcos, and a chalk art day at Rancho Buena Vista High in Vista.

Chris Bennett

In addition to putting the grant money to great use, many teachers bring their students to ArtSplash to create a project. Miringoff says, “We thank all the educators for inspiring their students to soar and succeed. Their efforts enable ArtSplash to fulfill its mission as a community celebration for arts education.”

A TV preview will air during September on KOCT’s “Oceanside Spectrum” at www.koct.org. Photos of past ArtSplash festivals are here: http://www.carlsbadartsplash.org/photo_index.htm.

A short video produced by Valley Middle School broadcasters is here.

For more information on ArtSplash 2015, visit www.facebook.com/carlsbadartsplash and www.carlsbadartsplash.org, then plan to visit the event in person September 26-27. You’ll be amazed to discover what everyone’s chalking about!

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