RR Anderson, DIY Cultural Arts Specialist

Apr. 2, 2012 at 2:31pm

Mayor Strickland to declare: Friday April 6th FROST PARK CHALK DAY!

low orbit proclamation cannon


COME to the 5pm Tuesday April 3rd City Council Meeting @ City Hall, stand at the dias and be there to accept the honorary proclamation by the MAYOR!  

She'll be reading these awesome WHERAS statements (thanks Joel!)

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WHEREAS, Tacoma Police Officer, Larry Frost, who was killed in the line of duty on September 9, 1977 and thus had the park on South 9th Street and Pacific Avenue named in honor of his dedication and service to the community; and 

WHEREAS, in the Spring of 2008, a group of concerned Tacoma citizens began to gather for lunch to utilize a city park and keep it open a doorstep to the city; and

WHEREAS, a challenge to create art using chalk as a medium was given to be the Greatest Illustrator in the Universe (of Tacoma); and

WHEREAS, that challenge has been accepted and taken by over 100 citizens creating thousands of temporary art pieces at Frost Park; and

WHEREAS, this challenge will begin again for a 5th consecutive year on Friday afternoons from noon to 1pm on each Friday in April through October; and

NOW, THEREFORE we do hereby proclaim April 6, 2012 as FROST PARK CHALK DAY

Find out more here.

comments [57]  |  posted under art, chalk, community, folk art, frost park, tacoma


by CaptainBritton on 4/2/2012 @ 2:44pm
I bought two tubs of chalk yesterday, and the kids were complaining, because it was "chalk-off" chalk, not "fun" chalk for them...:)

Great work Chalkers! And RR, you rock for the organizational fortitude it takes to get a decree!

by NineInchNachos on 4/2/2012 @ 3:29pm
it was a team effort! Joel Larson with the WHEREAS kungfu!

by fredo on 4/2/2012 @ 4:01pm
RR, when you get the chance, make an announcement that the first week is sponsored by Pierce County Young Republicans. I want to see the expression on the Mayors face.

by NineInchNachos on 4/2/2012 @ 4:04pm
first week is sponsored by Tim Farrell I believe. Though haven't gotten concrete confirmation... Republicans would never sponsor art though. that would be a fun April Fools!

by The Jinxmedic on 4/2/2012 @ 4:11pm
Such hate.

by NineInchNachos on 4/2/2012 @ 4:19pm
Goddess of Commerce? yes? no? Anyone have some examples to prove me wrong?

by NineInchNachos on 4/2/2012 @ 4:21pm
Frost Park is non partisan! that's what I should have said. yeah!

by fredo on 4/2/2012 @ 4:41pm
"Republicans would never sponsor art though."

Republicans enjoy real art even more than democrats, only they want people to pay less taxes so they can actually go out and purchase the art. Democrats make the public pay for the art so the "artists" won't have to subject their egos to the cruel marketplace. Go back to the gulag and make some more art which celebrates the wisdom of our Democratic overlords Komrad Anderson.

by CaptainBritton on 4/2/2012 @ 4:45pm
I can't stand this talk any longer. Art has nothing to do with who purchases it. It has nothing to do with money. It has everything to do with expression and ideas...Republican, Democrat...They both seem to enjoy the art of war, the art of serving some or another master. An artist is inherently political, but when they completely align with a BS political party, the work they produce ceases to be art and becomes propaganda.

Both parties support propaganda, both squish art.

FPC-off's are "pro-Tacoma" and "Pro-public ideas"...I don't think they are partisan. Or at least I never view them that way.

OK, I'll stop...:)

by NineInchNachos on 4/2/2012 @ 4:50pm
call up some conservatives and get them to sponsor a chalk off. put your money where your mouth is!

Yet, The Mint has sponsored a chalk off, but I would put them more in the libertarian camp. Even so, Thanks Captain Britton.

by NineInchNachos on 4/2/2012 @ 4:53pm
Frost Park is FREE art for the 99% !

Liberate your mind! The party system is killing it.

by NineInchNachos on 4/2/2012 @ 4:54pm
#occupy public spaces!

by L.S.Erhardt on 4/2/2012 @ 5:01pm
Now, If we could only get the COT to make the first Friday of EVERY April to be Frost Park Chalk Day.

by fredo on 4/2/2012 @ 5:08pm
ha, just wanted to post something provocative... not start an insurrection. a thousand pardons.

by CaptainBritton on 4/2/2012 @ 5:08pm
BTW, I purchase my own chalk, however, there is free chalk there (usually RR funded?), and the wall I draw on is publicly funded. The grounds are maintained by the city workers...The only thing that is mine, is really my idea...If I didn't steal it earlier in the day by accident.

No public funding of the arts? It's not the purchased art that does the public the most good, I agree, but...

The Wisconsin public art teachers I had in school saved me from a life of crime and derelect behavior. I personally count my Art teachers as my saviors. Think about that the next time you hate on public funding of the arts. Anyway, it's not just buying a sculpture for some plaza, or the occasional painting, or poetry reading or whatever, it sometimes keeps kids out of gangs...for reals...Maybe that shows up in the google report, maybe not, but the truth is art saves lives.

And I don't know of too many kids in high school getting so killed by personal taxes that they can't purchase art. I was a poor kid in high school. No amount of tax breaks would have saved me a bleak future BUT, I lived in the "Hamptons of the midwest". The rich folks from Chicago with their mega-mansions payed for my amazing salvation. I'm serious! The property taxes gave us a very low teacher-to-student ratio (because the rich people had no kids, just summer mansions)...

Thank God for taxes on mansions!!! It's why I'm not a total weight on society!

by fredo on 4/2/2012 @ 5:51pm
Wasn't really talking about art as part of the school curriculum, just the spending of scarce tax funds on "art" as a matter of public policy to save people's lives.

Doubt if investing in this sort of "intervention" is preventing people from joining gangs...but just to be sure, I would like it if the city would buy $2500 of my signed written-word blog "art" and I will try to avoid falling into the gang lifestyle myself. That's well worth $2500 or even MORE, wouldn't you agree? In what way is my written word blog art worth any less than those creations of any other local artiste? If the city doesn't fork over my $2500 big ones right away I'm gonna put together a posse of old white guys and we're gonna take over the tacoma mall wearing our saggy pants and hoodys.

by L.S.Erhardt on 4/2/2012 @ 5:54pm
It's too late for Fredo. The Hardcore Libertarian For Life (HLTF) gang have him in their grasps!

by Jesse on 4/2/2012 @ 6:20pm
Is there public chalk? I may attend! Finally not wearing a suit this Friday...

by fredo on 4/2/2012 @ 6:58pm
thorax, why won't the public reach out to people like me and buy our art? Britton said the public had a responsibility to buy art to keep people from joining gangs. I assume he didn't mean it was only for black people.

by Erik on 4/2/2012 @ 6:58pm
Awesome news!

Thanks to everyone for keeping the flame alive so many years after RR was defeated by Lupin Goddess!


by Erik on 4/2/2012 @ 7:02pm
And here we are....four years after the first Frost Park Chalk off battle:


by CaptainBritton on 4/2/2012 @ 7:20pm
Fredo, I said nothing of the sort. I said fund art education.

Which is precisely why you do not get your 2.5K handout from the city for your word art, but you can attend the Frost Park Chalk Off!!!

It's funded for all! It really could save lives and keep a kid, or a bunch of cranky blog-commentators out of trouble and interacting with their city.

Frost Park Chalk-Offs will save Tacoma (that and a bunch of rich people building summer mansions)!

by NineInchNachos on 4/2/2012 @ 7:20pm
my words were taken out of context. I meant to say republicans are perceived as not supportive of the arts.

by fredo on 4/2/2012 @ 7:57pm
I support art education for K-12. I don't support city dollars being used to purchase art creations from adults just so the "artist" will feel appreciated. But hey, that's just my opinion. What artists may not know is that they can actually sell their art directly to art patrons or sell it through an art dealer and make lots of money. Always like to give direction to the struggling young artists among us.

Anyway, good luck to all the chalk art participants. I'm looking forward to another season of inspired creations!

by The Jinxmedic on 4/3/2012 @ 8:06am
"my words were taken out of context. I meant to say republicans are perceived as not supportive of the arts."

Nice save. :-)

by Joel 413 on 4/3/2012 @ 8:06am
Thorax: When I wrote the Proclamation, I had Friday April 6, 2012 being declared as Frost Park Day, but ultimately it is up to the City Council and the mayor to come up with the THEREFORE; so they may actually declare Fridays as FROST PARK FRIDAYS. With an advocate like David Boe on the city council things may happen... but I expect just this Friday to be "declared." Which in and of itself is still pretty cool.

If traffic cooperates I'll see y'all tonight!

Even if it's just the one day being officially declared, I still managed to work into the WHERASes that this event takes place EVERY Friday :)

by KevinFreitas on 4/3/2012 @ 8:20am
Very well done @Joel. It's exciting to have the City recognize the good this event does for brightening up downtown for 30 weeks out of the year!

by NineInchNachos on 4/3/2012 @ 8:23am
he he he, can't catch me!

by NineInchNachos on 4/3/2012 @ 8:24am
Joel is the best!

by ALT on 4/3/2012 @ 8:41am
Wow. I've been totally oblivious to all this until now. Great work on the proclamation, Joel!

by NineInchNachos on 4/3/2012 @ 8:52am
see everyone there! wear colorful clothing, you'll be on TEE VEE!

by ALT on 4/3/2012 @ 8:55am
I should, but I feel like a hypocrite. I was really slackin' on the chalkin' in 2011.

by KevinFreitas on 4/3/2012 @ 9:02am
You're not a hypocrite at all! We miss you and any absentee chalker and you're always welcome at Frost Park and at the council chambers for the proclamation tonight. :) #hugpile

by ALT on 4/3/2012 @ 9:22am
I'll be there. :) It will be good to see you guys again. Besides, I'm getting isolated and weird (again).

by InvaderPet on 4/3/2012 @ 9:34am

Does he call everyone "slacker"?

by Joel 413 on 4/3/2012 @ 9:43am
If I had thought of it last night, I could have painted a "Chalkie" to present to the Mayor in return. But I didn't; so we won't :)

Having a contingent there tonight will also show how dedicated we really are, and the diverse group of people involved, who are civic minded Tacomans will also make an impact.

The Agenda for tonight's meeting can be found here:

by NineInchNachos on 4/3/2012 @ 9:54am
no worries, can do it next time. we can do it every season opening! Just got to fill out the from on time. :)

by The Jinxmedic on 4/3/2012 @ 10:10am
@ IP: "Mayor STRICTLAND?!! Does he call everyone "slacker"?"

That's heavy, doc.


by scout on 4/3/2012 @ 10:46am
I'm conservative and I sponsored one of the first Frost Park Chalk-Off prizes, so cut the crap.

Don't make me come down there!

by NineInchNachos on 4/3/2012 @ 10:48am
oh plz, you're about as conservative as Mitt Romney. ;)

by NineInchNachos on 4/3/2012 @ 10:49am
anyone not named 'santorum' is just CONSERVATIVE IN NAME ONLY ETCH A SKETCH!

by NineInchNachos on 4/3/2012 @ 10:50am

by scout on 4/3/2012 @ 10:55am
Obama = Bozama
Mitt Romney = Cyborg Ken Doll
Santorum = Scary Preacher Man
Gingrich - Mr. Porky Pants


by scout on 4/3/2012 @ 10:58am
...clinging to my squirt guns and religion - my theology gained at Our Lady of Perpetual Motion

by KevinFreitas on 4/3/2012 @ 11:04am
Love to see you again at Frost Park and tonight at City Hall @scout! Hope all is well :)

by NineInchNachos on 4/3/2012 @ 11:05am
I think the problem is people confuse plain old grumpy with conservativisim. People acuse me of being a closet Republican/SeniorCitizen... ME!!!

even so, we'll always have scout! ...


by NineInchNachos on 4/3/2012 @ 12:48pm
comrades, I made a facebook event if you're into that sort of thing!


by KevinFreitas on 4/3/2012 @ 6:26pm
Photos and audio of today's special proclamation: f.33d.me/vLA

by NineInchNachos on 4/3/2012 @ 6:37pm
thanks kevin!

by JesseHillFan on 4/3/2012 @ 7:51pm
But will the weather be acceptable on that date?
On the newstribune's site it says a 30% chance of rain for April 6th.

by NineInchNachos on 4/3/2012 @ 8:18pm
it had better by gum!

by KevinFreitas on 4/3/2012 @ 8:24pm
@Jesse: Any weather is good Frost Park weather! We've been in it all :)

by Non Sequitur on 4/3/2012 @ 8:54pm
Well done.

by Erik on 4/4/2012 @ 1:10am
Looks like the event went well at city hall. Congrats everyone....sorry I could not be there.
Looking forward to the start of the new season.

by NineInchNachos on 4/4/2012 @ 11:19am

If anyone would like to take custody of this document let me know, otherwise she's going in the museum!

by Non Sequitur on 4/4/2012 @ 11:22am
WA State history museum should have that.

by NineInchNachos on 4/4/2012 @ 11:40am


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