Tacoma Urbanist

May. 19, 2009 at 12:01am

Art Lives Again in Tacoma : Tribune Covers Frost Park Chalk Off

Today, the News Tribune covered the Frost Park Chalk Offs:

First it was a bunch of friends eating lunch in a downtown park. Then it was a challenge to see who could chalk the best picture. More people joined in, passers-by voted online, sponsors gave prizes and the Friday Frost Park Chalk Offs became a downtown Tacoma fixture through last summer and fall.

Now beginning their second season, the Chalk Offs are holding steady.

Every Friday from noon to 1 p.m. people gather artists, workers, parents and the regulars at Larry Frost Memorial Park to chalk the concrete, or watch others.

Read the whole article.

Photo by the News Tribune

Here's a look at the Tribune News crew and Frost Park Participants for Episode VI:

(News Tribune crew, Frost Park regulars and new visitors to the chalk off)

Photo by RR Anderson

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comments [20]  |  posted under Tacoma


by NineInchNachos on 5/19/2009 @ 2:28am
chalk overload afterburners GO!

i hope you like the taste of chalkdust tacoma.

by JesseHillFan on 5/19/2009 @ 7:46am
Congratulations guys and gals you deserve the coverage.

by NineInchNachos on 5/19/2009 @ 9:04am
made the olympian


by Girl Who <3 JUNK on 5/19/2009 @ 9:14am

by Erik on 5/19/2009 @ 10:56am
made the olympian

Cool. Nice. Its an artistic movement.

I see the Olympian linked twice to Holistic Forge Works and at least once to Feed Tacoma. That's impressive.

by KevinFreitas on 5/19/2009 @ 11:15am
Yeah, wish the TNT would link those up as well. Awesome coverage nevertheless. Thanks to the TNT staff but mostly thanks to all the wonderful artists and spectators that make Frost Park part of their Friday lunch routine.

See everyone this Friday!

by Erik on 5/19/2009 @ 1:41pm
BREAKING NEWS: Next week's chalk off will have a sponsor!


by Erik on 5/19/2009 @ 2:36pm
Now the Tribune has re-posted the article with Dawn showing the vulcan sign on the front page of the Tribune online:


Congrats Dawn, you trekkie!

by morgan on 5/19/2009 @ 3:13pm
Breakfast for 4!!!!!? That is awfully nice of PSP!

by Angela Jossy on 5/19/2009 @ 5:32pm
I've been meaning to say this for quite a while ... I remember in a recent melon podcast someone said that they read recently that the Tacoma art scene was dead. That is SO not the case in fact quite the opposite. I think this whole misunderstanding might be based on an email I sent to the Tacoma Art Listserv about a month ago. I said that the organization called Tacoma Arts Community had folded. The art scene has thrived and the things that organization set out to do had already been achieved so the officers of that board decided to close it up. I think the name "Tacoma Arts Community" was taken as a general statement by some readers (as if I was referring to the entire community of artists in Tacoma) and I want to correct the misunderstanding since I feel partially responsible for it. I assumed that people knew that Tacoma Arts Community was an organization, not the whole art scene.

So in short, referring to your blog title, "Art Lives Again, " I would just like to say on behalf of all the artists in Tacoma, in the words of the wise and ever-so-sexy L.L. Cool J, "Don't call it a comeback. We've been here for years!" *smile*

by L.S.Erhardt on 5/19/2009 @ 8:26pm

What was last week's?

by NineInchNachos on 5/19/2009 @ 8:40pm
Last weeks prize was a Tacoma Atheist tshirt. what's your size?

by L.S.Erhardt on 5/19/2009 @ 8:48pm
Atheist T-Shirt? Sounds pretty slick.
I'd go with an XL.

But speak of that pizza certificate, I'm gonna have to work a little TO'T magic again this week. Get ready for some 733t 5p34k!

..by the way, in regards to the Olympain. It's like how the P-I and Times used to be: one paper is printed by and mostly the same as the other.
McClatchy owns the Olympian, and it is printed and mostly written here at 1950 S. State Street.

by NineInchNachos on 5/19/2009 @ 8:54pm
most of my relatives are olympian readers so it was fun getting the flood of emails this morning.

by ALT on 5/19/2009 @ 9:21pm
That's a great photo of Stowe 1 and 2. :D

But crap I'll be missing this week's AND next week's Chalk-Off: I'm leaving on a plane to Nowheresvillle and I'm staying there for a while.

by Erik on 5/19/2009 @ 9:27pm
What was last week's?

Generally, pats on the back have been issued to winners.

I think RR lined up a prize for Jeremy though.

by Dave_L on 5/19/2009 @ 10:47pm
Pizza? Nice.
TO'T, I don't think PSP serves pizza that early, but the breakfasts and coffee are excellent, as is the staff. And my anebriated acquaintances have usually gone home by then.
They're a repeat sponsor, aren't they, Erik?

by L.S.Erhardt on 5/19/2009 @ 11:02pm
Dunno... I've never been to PSP earlier than 9 pm.

by Erik on 5/19/2009 @ 11:42pm
They're a repeat sponsor, aren't they, Erik?

Yes. According to the chalk archives at HFW, PSP was the sponsor for Episode III in which the mysterious Elle prevailed:


Also see the Urbanist episode Frost Park archives:


by Adam the Alien on 5/20/2009 @ 4:27pm
Dunno... I've never been to PSP earlier than 9 pm.
The one time I made it to the monthly FeedTacoma Feed Breakfast, the PSP breafkast foodstuffs were quite tasty, indeed.