The Sidewalk Chalk event has been POSTPONED due to weather.

The Event WILL be rescheduled.  Stay tuned for details!

The Library Arts Center presents


Sidewalk Chalk Extravaganza
with Artist-in-Residence Katie Runde

A Community Arts Project of the Library Arts Center

Friday, July 9th  |  5:00-8:00 pm
Newport Community Block Party
Downtown, Main Street

The event has been POSTPONED due to weather.

Free!  All are welcome.

Newport is welcoming sidewalk chalk artist Katie Runde to create a large scale piece on our sidewalk July 9th.  The piece will be created during the day in preparation of its unveiling at the Chamber of Commerce’s Community Block Party, 5-8pm that evening. The piece (approximately 6×11 feet) will depict a child in a sunflower garden. This imagery was chosen as a nod to Newport as the Sunshine Town, and the celebration of the fact that Newport is in a season of growth and hope.

Stop by to see the artist at work throughout the day, and enjoy the finished piece during the block party complete with live music and food trucks.  Meet the artist!  Volunteers will be stationed around town with sidewalk chalk supplies so everyone, of all ages, can spontaneously join in and help us color the town! 

*Supplies provided.

Artist Kate Runde

Community Partners:

Newport Area Chamber of Commerce


Sidewalk Chalk Workshop

with Chalk Art Artist-in-Residence, Katie Runde

Prep Workshop with Sidewalk Chalk
Artist-in-Residence Katie Runde

Tues. July 6th – 5:30pm
Online on Zoom

*pre-registration required

Zoom link will be emailed to registrants prior to the workshop

Chalk Art Creation with the artist

Fri. July 9th – 10:30am

*pre-registration required

Chalk Art at the BLOCK PARTY

Fri. July 9th – 5:00-8:00pm

All are welcome to join in the fun! Free!

We want YOU to help us create sidewalk chalk for the Block Party!

Join us for a free, one-hour digital workshop with artist in residence Katie Runde to learn the basics of sidewalk chalk art and plan out your piece, Tuesday, July 6, 5:30pm!

Then, gather for a live demo with Katie at 10:30am on Friday July 9, after which participants set out to do their own chalk art around town that will be on view that evening during the community block party!

This is great for individuals, groups, artists, and families.  Sign up for participation in this free workshop and community arts experience.  Stay as long as you like Friday working on your piece, an hour or all day depending on what you want. 

All are welcome to participate: families, teens, community members, and artists.

No experience is required; we want everyone represented in this community arts extravaganza!

Participation in this workshop and community arts experience is Free, but pre-registration is required.

Workshop Registration

You may register as an individual or family/group! This form registers you for the Sidewalk Chalk Workshop with artist Katie Runde: Preparation Workshop on Zoom - Tues. 7/6 @ 5:30pm In-person Demo - Fri. 7/9 @ 10:30am
NOTE: The Zoom Link for the Preparation Workshop will be sent to this email address!
*Participants can also be added after registration!
Check all that apply.

Workshop Info

You may register as an individual, family or group.

Participants will be sent an email for the Zoom prep workshop at the email address provided on the registration form.  Participation in this community arts workshop is entirely FREE, but pre-registration is required.

All are welcome to drop in and create chalk art during the block party–no registration is required.


Thank You!

* to artist Katie Runde for visiting our town and sharing all about this fun medium

* to the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce for putting on such a fun event for our town to enjoy.

* to all the incredible volunteers helping out to make this community arts project possible

The Library Arts Center is grateful to you all!

This project is made possible by funding from a most generous anonymous donor, donors through NH Gives 2021, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and the Library Arts Center’s Endowment for Arts Education.

About the
Library Arts Center

Community Arts Center in the heart of downtown Newport, New Hampshire

Non-profit Art Gallery, Studio, & Performance Venue

The Library Arts Center is a creative gathering space where friends, family, neighbors and visitors can connect and share in a celebration of artistic inspiration, creative vision, and community spirit—in the true sense of “community arts.”

In addition to presenting 6-8 outstanding exhibits annually, the Library Arts Center presents the following favorite community events:

  • Peeps Diorama Contest
  • Apple Pie Crafts Fair
  • Gallery of Gifts: Handmade for the Holidays
  • Summer Performances for Kids – outdoor performance series
  • Three Bridges Music Series – a celebration of Traditional Music
  • Community Arts Night on the Newport Town Common
  • and so much more!

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Our Vision

The Library Arts Center constitutes the artistic core of our community through cultural and creative educational experiences that stimulate appreciation of the Arts, and encourage creativity. 

Our Mission

The mission of the Library Arts Center is to sustain a vibrant, inclusive and highly visible arts community that provides a wide variety of engaging, enriching events, and affordable educational experiences for both artists and patrons of the arts.