Kansas City Chalk and Walk Festival
PO Box 45511
Kansas City MO 64171
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 517-2791
Mission Statement
Promote awareness and appreciation of the arts within the community.
CEO/Executive Director Carlota (Lotti) M. Halpern
Board Chair Carlota (Lotti) M. Halpern
Board Chair Company Affiliation Kansas City Chalk and Walk Festival
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2008
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
Promote awareness and appreciation of the arts within the community.
Background Statement
The Kansas City Chalk and Walk, founded in 2008, has provided the metropolitan community with a consistently quality, free annual event (at Crown Center Square-the heart of the city) that showcases local artists and the arts in a setting that allows the community to be an integral part of that process. In addition, our organization uses this annual exposure to draw attention to the importance of the arts in the lives of all developing youths, regardless of social, economic or risk-related background.
Our organization believes that the arts are a critical part of our community and a critical component in the development of our youth. We espouse the belief that a community that is adequately giving back to its youth can play an extremely important role in fostering young citizens and creating an environment where they may be inspired to give back to the community in return.
Impact Statement
Accomplishments for 2015:


  • Successful, two-day festival served more than 15,000 visitors to our free event.
  • Our Children’s Creative Corridor was extremely energized with well attended participation of children and adults.
  • General atmosphere of community togetherness and sharing were "magical" according to many. 
  • Successful collaboration with more Kansas City and regional not-for profits.
  • Vendors that have more relationship to the festival.
  • Successful incorporation of science and the arts.
  • 3D chalk artists and vertical muralist were included


Our goals for 2016:
  • Engage more street performing artists. 
  • Continue to bring Masters and 3Dimensional artists.
  • To have Masters chalk artists mentor our regional artists.
  • To engage more not for profits as participants.
  • To have chalk painting technique for workshops for children and adults prior to festival.
Needs Statement
  • Our number one urgent need is cash donations and sponsorships, so that we may continue to provide the community a festival free of charge and continue our free workshops. (workshop artists are always paid).
  • Purchasing of artists' pastel chalks for festival and workshops. ($1,500.00)
  • In-kind advertising/social media to promote the festival
  • Artists’ gifts for artists & volunteers.
  • Food to artists & festival volunteers ($500.00)
  • In-kind or cash donations to provide t-shirts to artists and artists helpers and other volunteers. ($1,000.00)
  • National and Internationally known 3D artists share their unique talent with Kansas City public. (Average cost is $1,000.00 per artist)
Service Categories
Arts Education
Visual Arts
Areas of Service
KS - Fort Bend
KS - Franklin County
KS - Johnson County
KS - Lawrence
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
MO - Clay County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Liberty
MO - Platte County
MO - Ray County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

Free, two-day outdoor public arts festival incorporating and showcasing large scale chalk drawings by local and national artists. In addition, educational events and programs are provided for children.
The event highlights the progression of the artistic medium of chalk drawing, an art form that dates back to the street painters of the Italian Renaissance period. Chalk murals are created from start to finish in 2 days, allowing visitors to view and walk through the festival a glimpse of the evolution of the artists' creative process. Attendance:  over 14,000 visitors.
The goal of the festival, is to raise local awareness and appreciation of art in a setting outside of the traditional museum or gallery, enabling youths and adults to be an integral part of the experience. Additional arts-related entertainment is provided to the public during the festival. Proceeds from the event go to provide a free festival and to support local arts education outreach programs.
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts Festivals
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success What we continually see is that artists, visitors and sponsors are coming back to participate every year. We have artists/sponsors who have participated since the inception of the festival in 2008. By some of the attached testimonials, we have first-year participants who are eager to participated in future festival opportunities
Long-Term Success The ultimate goal is to have visitors, artists, performers and collaborating nonprofits come back every year in order to enjoy this free arts event. We want everyone to be “inspired” by all the art seen around them.
Program Success Monitored By The program is successful, because of its increased attendance, (verified by Crown Center events coordinator).
Examples of Program Success
Again, success is measured by visitors/artists/sponsors coming back to the events, and by their testimonials. Here are two:
I have participated in the Kansas City Chalk & Walk Festival from 2008 through 2015.  My engineering firm is a festival sponsor, and I have attended the festival with my family each of the last eight years.  My children particularly enjoy the many fun activities and opportunity to express their creativity in the free and open children’s art area.  Of course, we all enjoy the wonderful artwork that fills the festival area, and watching the artists work is a joy.  We look forward to this event each year.-- Michael J. Looney, Senior Project Manager, Taliaferro & Browne
The Children's Creative Corridor and its workshops was a  great resource for my daughter. Accessibility to everyone (meaning FREE):   It is important for local families to have events that are free to attend. I have no issue with “pay per activity” for certain activities and raffles, etc to encourage donation. However, to ask an admission fee up from will deter many people from the event. This festival really connects with children especially. They get to experience these awesome creations made from drawing on a sidewalk with chalk! I believe it really inspires them to think creatively and artistically. Art programs in school are constantly losing funding so it is important for parents to have events like this available to all to attend as a supplement. Thanks!--Nicole Stewart
The Chalk and Walk Arts Educational Program is designed to fill the gap left by cuts to arts programs in many schools. This program will bring artists into  schools as part of the children’s (K-12) after/during school activities. Local artists will teach street painting workshops, provide education and training in drawing, sketching, painting, art history, and will encourage participants’ creativity. Population served in 2015:  200
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts Instruction
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), ,
Short-Term Success Communication from directors of other not for profits that we serve.
Long-Term Success Our goal is to make sure that youth enjoy the power of art in their lives.
Program Success Monitored By Communication from directors of other not for profits that we serve.
Examples of Program Success
On behalf of myself and the rest of SAFEHOME I would just like to extend my gratitude to you and your wonderful volunteers whom participated in the chalk art activity. The chalking activity that you came into shelter and did with our five adult women and five children residents was very beneficial for all involved. Many residents commented on what a learning experience it was and how relaxing and therapeutic the chalk art activities were. Both of the volunteers representing KC Chalk and Walk were warm and encouraging to the participants and made everyone here feel that they too were artists. Unfortunately for us at this time we no dot have the means to bring our clients to another location to enjoy these activities. However, we would love to extend an offer to you to return to SAFEHOME for another event in the future. -- Laura J. Johnson, Child Care Provider, Safehome
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Carlota (Lotti) M. Halpern
Term Start Jan 2008
Halpern is Founder, Executive Director and President of the Kansas City Chalk and Walk Festival. Halpern's extensive experience in planning and coordinating events brings color to this arts festival. Beginning almost nine months in advance, intense focus goes into non-stop planning and fundraising, making assignments, locating volunteers, confirming logistics, registering artists, ordering materials and supplies, executing publicity and promotional efforts, and a myriad of other activities are a fraction of the responsibilities performed by the Executive Director. This festival has grown from 1,200 visitors in 2008 to over 14,000 in 2015.
Halpern strives to build a  FREE multi-cultural, community-wide event. She has implemented workshops in local schools and shelters to arouse interest in young artists and to educate them on the art of street painting.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Volunteers 200
Paid Contractors 15
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Board Chair
Board Chair Carlota (Lotti) M. Halpern
Company Affiliation Kansas City Chalk and Walk Festival
Term Jan 2008 to Dec 2018
Email kcchalkandwalk@aol.com
Board Members
Carlota (Lotti) M. Halpern Kansas City Chalk and Walk Festival
Kevin Hancock Community Volunteer
Annette McDonald Art Teacher and Community Volunteer
Shelley McThomas Community Volunteer
Kelly Taylor CPA and Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 1
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 50%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 50%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $23,400
Projected Expenses $17,475
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using organization's internal financial documents.
  • Foundation/Corporation revenue line may include individual contributions. 
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$43,597$24,675$14,480
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.971.201.43
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$17,164$0$0
Current Assets$17,164$0$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$3,744$0$0
Total Net Assets$13,420$0$0
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities4.58----
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%----
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Name Kansas City Chalk and Walk Festival
Address PO Box 45511
Kansas City, MO 64171
Primary Phone (816) 517-2791
Contact Email kcchalkandwalk@aol.com
CEO/Executive Director Carlota (Lotti) M. Halpern
Board Chair Carlota (Lotti) M. Halpern
Board Chair Company Affiliation Kansas City Chalk and Walk Festival
Year of Incorporation 2008