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Tiny Art Throwdown 2020: Road Trip Edition

August 27, 2020 August 30, 2020

This year COVID-19 has closed the Little Chicago Festival, our festival home, and forced us to socially distance, but that’s not going to slow us down. We’ll just take this throwdown on the road! And this year we are including the entire Tri-Cities area. The Tiny Art Throwdown is an annual street art pop-up show where artists transform unattractive cracks, posts, and pipes into something magical by creating site-specific installations. The “Road Trip 2020 Edition” can feature “not so tiny” installations since entries must be visible from the road. Create on on an interesting storm drain, mailbox, tree or fence along a roadway or parking lot, in your front yard, or on the usual downtown windows and street side “canvases.” Whether on personal property or areas in your downtown, that’s up to you, but as always it must be removable and not damage the site. Get those creative juices flowing today!! Criteria for judging include concept, creative use of site features, artistry, and “WOW” factor.

First Place  $200 Second Place   $100 Third Place  $50 Judges Choices  $25 Each Peoples Choice: Votes via the FB Tip Jar!

Judging will begin (with live video ride-along) at 12 pm August 29th. Winners will be announced via Live-Stream at 6 pm August 30th Go to our Create Appalachia Facebook page to see entries from previous years and inspirations, and to get updates.

Enter on Eventbrite!

$15 for 1-2 entries!   $10 for additional entries.  More entries, more fun!
Rules and Guidelines:
  1. Select a spot in advance so you can insure it will be visible from the road. Sites range from windows to sidewalks for water-based paint and chalk, sculptures, stretch those creative muscles! We recommend planning your art, and if appropriate, building parts ahead of time. Plan for inclement weather.
  2. Works must be installed between August 27th and 12 pm Saturday, August 29th.
  3. If you are doing more than one entry, don’t put them on the same site.
  4. DO NOT use paint on building walls.
  5. Materials used must be removable or able to be washed away easily with water. Works must not damage or deface any building or site you’ve received permission to use. You will provide your own materials.
  6. Works must be “family-friendly.” Keep in mind much of your audience will be children.
  7. Photograph the completed piece and post it as soon as it is done. We’ll send you the number and instructions when you enter.
  8. We must be sensitive to the needs of the businesses and building owners. All owners have the right to leave the work up until it washes away, or have it removed after the competition. Also be kind to the environment. Please pick up your work if it has a chance of becoming litter after the show.
  9. Artists are responsible for any damages to the site from your installation. Be careful!
  10. Entry fees are not refundable. If you agree to participate, we’ll be counting on you, so please show up and do your piece. The event’s success depends on having all the works ready on time.
  11. Create Appalachia reserves the right to use reproductions of work produced for future materials promoting the Little Chicago Festival and The Tiny Art Throwdown. All uses will be attributed.
  Photo: Installation on a street light pole by Greg Marlow


August 27
August 30


TN United States