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Become a Heart of Albany Festival participating artist, vendor, or volunteer.

It takes a community working together to bring The Heart of Albany Festival to the community every year. If you’re a professional or amateur chalk artist, food truck operator, vendor, or volunteer, we hope you will join us for this wonderful fall experience.

Professional Chalk Artists

Submission Deadline: Sept. 29, 2023

The 6th annual Albany Museum of Art Fall art and music festival is 10 AM-5 PM on Saturday, November 4, 2023. Rechristened The Heart of Albany Festival, it will feature professional chalk artists creating large works on pavement, libation stations, chalk art contests, live music, food trucks, and much more.

The 2023 festival will be at a new location: the grounds of the Albany Museum of Art. The AMA is located at 311 Meadowlark Drive, just off Gillionville Road and immediately east of Albany State University's West Campus.

There are a limited number of Professional Chalk Artist positions available at The Heart of Albany Festival. Please complete and return your application ASAP (deadline is Sept. 29). In anticipation of a heavy response, The Heart of Albany Festival will be juried by a committee and artists will receive notification of acceptance or denial via email. Contracts will be sent to accepted artists. If you have not been contacted by 5 p.m. EDT on Oct. 5, please call 229.439.8400 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, Oct. 6.
If you are chosen as one of our professional Artists for this event and sign a contract, you are expected to attend the Festival. If an emergency should arise, however, please contact the Museum via phone ASAP to discuss your inability to participate.

  1. White and black tempera will be provided by the AMA for chalk block base.
  2. Artists must supply their own pans and rollers. Artists MUST clean and remove all preparation materials away from the festival area before the start of the The Heart of Albany Festival.
  3. The AMA will duct-tape the Artists’ blocks before their arrival. If you would like to help with duct-taping your workspace, the festival welcomes your help. Chalk blocks will be 7’ x 7’ unless a larger size is requested by the Artist and approved by the Director.
  4. Artists are responsible for all materials, including—but not limited to—chalk, gloves, paper towels, blending tools, baby wipes, etc.
  5. Artists will be awarded a stipend of $500.00. This stipend is to cover travel expenses and hotel lodging.
  6. A block of hotel rooms will be reserved for Artists, who are responsible for making arrangements. Contact the Director with any questions.
  7. Artists must arrive on time, complete their piece, and stay for the duration of the Festival. If you do not complete your piece or if you do not remain on-site until the Festival is over, you will forfeit part, if not all, of your stipend at the Director’s discretion. 
  8. The theme for the The Heart of Albany festival 2023 is For the Love of Art. Submit up to three concept sketches of your family-friendly (no nudity, profanity, explicit images, or violence are permitted in your pieces) design for approval by 5 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Sept. 29 to [email protected].  
  9. The AMA will conduct a Best of Show Award contest. The Winner will be announced at the conclusion of the festival and will receive a cash award of $100.00.
  10. The Heart of Albany Festival will host bands throughout the weekend. The Artist’s personal music must not be heard by others. Ear buds are permitted, but we prefer that the Artists interact with the Festival guests to assist us in fulfilling our mission of bringing the art of the world to South Georgia and the art of South Georgia to the world.  
  11. The Artist agrees to permit AMA to use his or her name, website, social media, and artwork images for any promotional purposes for this and/or future festivals.

Artist check-in and workspace preparation is 5-6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15.

Artists are to be on-site 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16. The Festival is open to the public 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Home Grown Talent

This year, there are NO FEES thanks to the generous support of Phoebe for community artists and Fleming & Riles Insurance for school groups!

  • 5' x 5' Chalking Space and a 24-Pack of Colored Chalk
  • FREE
  • Application link HERE.
  • Individual adults and college students
  • 5' x 5' Chalking Space and a 24-Pack of Colored Chalk
  • FREE
  • Application link HERE.
  • Four divisions: primary, elementary, middle, and high school.
  • 5' x 5' Chalking Space and a 24-Pack of Colored Chalk
  • FREE
  • Application link HERE.
  • ​5' x 5' Chalking Space and a 24-Pack of Colored Chalk
  • FREE
  • Application link HERE.
  • ​5' x 5' Chalking Space and a 24-Pack of Colored Chalk
  • FREE
  • Application link HERE.

The Heart of Albany festival will draw a crowd.

Food service vendors: Remember you must file a Georgia Temporary Food Service Establishment Application with Dougherty County Environmental Health Department at least 30 days before The Heart of Albany Festival. You can download an application at the link below. Contact the Dougherty County EHD at 240 Pine Ave., Suite 360 or call 229.438.3943.

Volunteering Takes HeART

One of the driving missions of the AMA is to bring our community together through art. No one helps us accomplish this more than a dedicated group of volunteers. If you would like to donate your time to the Nov 19, 2022 AMA ChalkFest, please click on the button below:  
VOLUNTEERS: Thank you for helping make The Heart of Albany Festival 2023 happen! Please pick up your T-shirt at the museum, 311 Meadowlark Drive, between 10 am and 5 pm on Friday, Nov 3.

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