The 2018 Chalk-Lit Festival is a free, family-friendly event. It is just one example of engaging a community with nonprofits, small businesses and public-service agencies.
Hosted by Broward Cultural Division and Broward Main Library, Ft. Lauderdale’s 2018 Chalk-Lit Festival will take place with a literary theme, as part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read Community Reading Program.
The community is sure to come out for the food trucks, jamming live music, on-site murals, face painting, hands-on crafting and more! This artistic festival will provide laughter, pleasure and fun for the whole family, while introducing the community to local nonprofits, businesses and public-service agencies.
A community event can be the debut or launch of a community cause or fundraiser. Chalk festivals are easily adaptable to bring people out for community engagement.
These art-infused festivities can be easily replicated in any town or city throughout the United States, with or without grant funding. With grant money, such events can be themed to capture the foundation’s vision that coincides with the focus of your nonprofit or a consortium of nonprofits.
Remember, these community events can come with a hefty price tag, but they can also serve as fundraisers for a cause. While the 2018 Chalk-Lit Festival is free to the public through grant funding, your activities may require purchased tickets or a strong encouragement for donations.
First, know your community – your audience: consider what special interests are shared by the individuals to whom you are trying to attract. Would a pop-up art gallery attract your community, or would a rock concert present the more desired result? Simply research your ideal market and create an event suitable to corresponding interests.
Create a community event: Attract your audience, engage the community and promote the mission and vision of the sponsoring organizations.
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