RR Anderson, DIY Cultural Arts Specialist

Aug. 20, 2008 at 6:54pm

TUTORIAL: How to be a sponsor at Frost Park Chalk Challenge Fridays

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Are YOU or your FRIENDS interested in becoming a sponsor of Tacoma's most dynamic Friday chalk challenges? It is an easy way to give your cause/slumping business that extra shot of vitality!  This tutorial is designed to give you the technological advantage and positive mind-focus you'll need to for RAINBOW SUCCESS! 


 First thing you'll need is to develop a 'deliverable' with enough value that our artists will want to strive for, or be inspired by.    Fine dining...  unique object... rare experiences... pretty much anything you can imagine can be developed into an interesting prize offering. 


  1. restaurant gift certificate
  2. back massage
  3. bed and breakfast stay
  4. legendary/historical item
  5. Tacoma cruise
  6. pie
  7. cake
  8. gift memberships
  9. wall space/venue
  10. cameo 'walk ons'


Log on to feed tacoma, and proclaim your offer in one of the many comment treads related to the chalk art TACOMA URBANIST posts.   If ERIK BJORNSON / TACOMA URBANIST is made aware of your offering... he'll pick it up and add it to his FRIDAY VOTING CHALK ART posts which is an embelishment of RR Anderson's  THURSDAY NIGHT TACOMA ART LISTSERVE postings.    Your offer and cause will spread by word of mouth. 


You can either go with the popular vote, or define your own terms for who you want to be the recipient of your prize... the main thing is that you somehow connect.  So far THE BLACKWATER cafe has been a great place to make prize transfers.  It's a nice public place...  no funny business.  Come alone.  If we sense a trap, deal is off and you'll never see the princess again. 

Friends with Benefits

the most successful businesses are the ones who send out their own chalk artists to join in the fun every Friday.  Developing relationships with the community for god sakes.


  • You don't need anybody's permission. 
  • Try and make it interesting
  • Be funny. Be Clever. Be Weird.
  • Contribute to the greater glory of Tacoma
  • if you're not excited about it, do you really expect anybody else to be?
  • Nobody cares; do it for yourself
  • don't be creepy. you know the guy... don't be that guy.
  • a clear channel billboard costs lots of money and people go out of their way to tune that shit out; however, if you draw your message for free with chalk at our chalk challenge... you have folks traveling into downtown to see it.  You've got folks taking pictures of it...   how cool is that?

comments [22]  |  posted under chalk art, frost park, sponsorship, tacoma, tutorial


by Erik on 8/20/2008 @ 10:09pm
Are YOU or your FRIENDS interested in becoming a sponsor of Tacoma's most dynamic Friday chalk challenges? I


An open source sponsor accumulation strategy.

I like it.

by NineInchNachos on 9/20/2008 @ 2:14pm
RR Anderson's Chalk Sponsor Wishlist:

* vintage funk-o-rama... (Steve Craig tribute)
* antique sandwich company
* Folk Singers from Hell
* Spud Goodman Show/Tacoma Diaries
* Electronic Dimension Surplus
* Mr. Jone's Buffalo Soldier Museum
* 100 Monkey
* City Arts Magazine
* Tacoma Cartoonists Society
* Red Hot
* Puget Sound Pizza
* Beautiful Angel
* Pitch-pipe Info Shop (Food not Bombs)
* Tacoma Rescue Mission
* 5views.com
* Tacoma Art Supply
* Comic Book Ink
* Campaign of Jesse Hill for Sheriff

RR Anderon's Frost Park Reverse-Sponsor Benefit Drive
* Tacoma ReStore
* Tacoma News Tribune
* Tacoma Bronze Works
* David Nicandri
* Mark Briggs
* Crystal Brame
* Fred Crisman
* Russel Investment Company
* Mofo from the Hood's Sunday Scribner Blog

by scout on 9/20/2008 @ 3:07pm
Who is the "Beautiful Angel"?

by scout on 9/20/2008 @ 3:09pm
My cat got very excited; He says that he used to know a cute Manx pole dancer named "Angel"

by NineInchNachos on 9/20/2008 @ 3:15pm
argh! shiver me timbers... the scurvy Angel/Angle curse!

you know I bet they picked that name on purpose just so this unfortunate situation would occur

by scout on 9/20/2008 @ 3:32pm
the cat is despondent

by scout on 9/20/2008 @ 3:37pm
Maybe there should be a "Chalkies Give Back" prize where in these tough economic times, the winner Chalkie will create a work of art for a Tacoma business that could use a little love, attention, or PR. The business, charity or whatever would be the Chalkie Winner's choice. I don't know maybe it's a dumb idea, but it is at least Tacoma centric and promotes giving/donation/promotion from all sides.

by scout on 9/20/2008 @ 3:41pm
Since attendance has been a little low, this might incite locals to show up Friday in a kind of a reverse of what happens with voting for the winners each week - where people will stoop to all levels to get their favored Chalkie to win

by scout on 9/20/2008 @ 3:47pm
This could be exciting and mysterious on many levels - the main one being that the Chalkies would not divulge their choice of business/charity until after the voting is done..

by NineInchNachos on 9/20/2008 @ 3:58pm
yeah that's what I was seeing with the benefit drive type deal list... a way to give back.

It's always fun to mix it up.

The sponsorship is a way for businesses to step up for some publicity, but if the business is struggling a benefit is a way for chalkies to push awareness out to their favorite businesses. a good example was the dawn/stowe Dockyard Derby Dame interactive chalk piece.

by NineInchNachos on 9/20/2008 @ 4:02pm
evenso I've updated my champion index...


and thanks for the open-source brainstorm session Ms. Hanan.

by scout on 9/20/2008 @ 4:07pm

by NineInchNachos on 9/20/2008 @ 4:10pm
another crazy idea I had for frost park...

remember in monty python's Life of Brian movie when Brian was running from the roman soldiers... he stumbled onto the philosopher soap-box stage where the philosopher would stand and openly debate about the benefits of their particular beliefs? Something like that setup would be fun.

what do you call that ? Soap box forum?

by scout on 9/20/2008 @ 4:16pm
so the Chalkie would get to be "Philosopher for A Day" (hour, minute..) and would be able to have his stage be some (hapless) business where said Chalkie could spout their dialectic atrocities and/or home grown garden variety of drivel? It would definitely be entertaining - perhaps even an Art Walk piece of Chalkie performance art! I like it.

by scout on 9/20/2008 @ 4:20pm
This would also cause said Chalkie to "stretch" artistically, as I have had to do whenever I have participated in the Chalk Offs (immensely humiliating for an abstract expressionist to compete with illustrators).

When an artist steps outside their comfort zone, it forces them to grown and can be a fun and creatively rewarding experience for everyone...

by NineInchNachos on 9/20/2008 @ 4:22pm
naw, like instead of music-while-you-chalk (example Jossy radiohead) you can listen to religious people argue about their cults!

the stage would be the concrete steps of frost park. I think it could be entertaining.

by NineInchNachos on 9/20/2008 @ 4:24pm
"When an artist steps outside their comfort zone, it forces them to grown and can be a fun and creatively rewarding experience for everyone..."


by NineInchNachos on 9/20/2008 @ 4:28pm
you might enjoy this video :)


by scout on 9/20/2008 @ 4:29pm
So this would have nothing to do with sponsorship it would just be to bring people to the Chalk offs? (the two events - chalking and preaching going on simultaneously)

by NineInchNachos on 9/20/2008 @ 4:33pm
yeah just another idea for 'activating spaces' nobody else is using... could be completely separated from the chalk event: "philosophy hour"

by scout on 9/20/2008 @ 4:36pm
Good idea and fraught with disturbing possibilities for a cardboard/recycled materials podium created by you

by NineInchNachos on 9/20/2008 @ 4:51pm
and sandwich boards worn by people!


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