Chalk Lit

The Big Read


Big Read 2018, a community-wide reading program, is exploring In the Time of the Butterflies by award-winning author Julia Alvarez with a full calendar of events including book and film discussions, lectures, visual arts workshops, Dominican Republic cultural programs such merengue and bachata dance workshops and other fun, family-friendly programs.

Full Big Read Program Here

Photo: The Chalk Guys



Chalk-Lit Festival 2018​

Saturday, January 13, 2018, 10AM - 5PM
Broward County Main Library
North Plaza 100 S Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 33301   
View the finished pieces in our Facebook photo gallery here

The County’s inaugural chalk art festival featured 2D and 3D chalk artists creating murals on Saturday, January 13, 2018, presented by Broward County Main Library and Cultural Division. 

Taking place on the north plaza of the library in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Chalk Lit Festival served as the kickoff to the Big Read, a community-wide reading project featuring the book In the Time of the Butterflies by award-winning author Julia Alvarez. The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. 

This free, family-friendly day activated the block with live music, food trucks, murals created live and on-site by more than 20 street artists, 3D printing stations, face painting, museum-curated workshops, hands-on crafting with Blick Art Materials, an area for kids to create their own chalk masterpieces and a People’s Choice Award presented by Jerry’s Artarama.
Leading the County’s first chalk festival was renowned artist and arts educator Carrie Bennett of Lighthouse Point, who specializes in creating local and international large-scale chalk murals and directs public art collaborations in communities to awaken creative growth in young artists.