Chalk the Walks event spreads its message of good will

first_img“You are amazing!” read a chalked sidewalk message in Medina, Ohio.“Be proud of who you are,” read one in Nashville, Tenn.“Love everyone,” read yet another chalked sidewalk message, this one in Buckingham, Va.Pictures of positive chalked messages — and hearts, rainbows and smiley faces — beamed in Tuesday from all 50 states and Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, India, Mexico, New Zealand and Scotland, to the delight of Vancouver’s Joy Team, which started Chalk the Walks in 2011. This year, more than 4,000 people participated around the world, said Michele McKeag Larsen, who co-founded the nonprofit Joy Team in 2010 with her daughter, Taryn, when her daughter was a student Hough Elementary School.Larsen was pleased to log on to Facebook Tuesday morning and see photographs of chalked messages from far-away places posted on the event’s page. For more than two hours Tuesday, Larsen, her daughter and fellow members of the Junior Joy Team joined others in decorating sidewalks on Main Street in Uptown Village.Unlike graffiti that the Vancouver City Council targeted Monday with new criminal and civil codes, the chalk art was welcomed. Outside of Halo Designs, for example, wrapped pieces of chalk were ready for any passer-by who wanted to join the fun.Jay Morton, 26, drew seven characters from “Chrono Trigger,” a Super Nintendo game.“I tend to draw nerdy stuff,” said Morton, a Hazel Dell resident who usually chalks outside his home and has welcomed the opportunity to participate in the annual Chalk the Walks.last_img