What is it?
What is a Chicken Parade and what does it have to do with San Marcos? Great question!
To put it simply, the San Marcos Arts Council Chicken Parade is a city-wide scavenger hunt that will officially run from July 1 to September 30.
How it works.
In partnership with the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce, The Chicken Parade will bridge connections between local businesses, San Diego artists and the 90,000 residents of the City of San Marcos – as well as residents along the 78 corridor.
The San Marcos Arts Council supplied 25 chicken sculptures this year and then local San Marcos Chamber of Commerce businesses stepped up to sponsor a chicken sculpture. Each sculpture is being matched up with a local artist and artists have a few weeks to finish adorning their chicken sculpture.
On July 1, the artist-adorned chicken sculptures will be displayed in the various businesses that are participating and the scavenger hunt fun will begin.
In conjunction with the sculptures, the San Marcos Arts Council will be simultaneously offering coloring projects for youth and social media competitions for all ages. Coloring projects, social media competitions and public participation in the Chicken Parade are free.
The Big Event.
The Chicken Parade will come to a Grand Finale in October when all the chickens will be showcased at the San Marcos Horse Heritage event, October 19, 2014. At that time, the Chicken Auction will open and go live! All sales will come to a close on October 23 at the San Marcos Chamber’s monthly mixer, also held at the San Marcos Historical Society Heritage Park located at 1952 Sycamore Drive in San Marcos.
What you’ll discover.
The cool thing about this project, spearheaded by the San Marcos Arts Council, is how it is bringing so many aspects of our community together – the business community, the arts community, San Marcos history, as well as the future, with hands-on activities for children and creative social media competitions.
In fact, we can almost guarantee The Chicken Parade will help you discover something you didn’t know about San Marcos – maybe you’ll discover the San Marcos Arts Council for the first time, or a local business, or a local artist.
Or maybe you’ll learn a little bit about San Marcos.
For example, did you know that not long ago San Marcos was pretty much covered in chicken farms? In fact, the chicken farm that was located where CSUSM now stands was the 2nd largest egg-producing ranch in the world in the early 1980s.
About the San Marcos Arts Council
The San Marcos Arts Council would like to bring that history back to life through their biggest fundraiser and community art project to date, the Chicken Parade. Funds raised in the 2014 SMAC Chicken Parade will support the Council’s mission to “foster and promote an arts environment that enriches the community and envision a culturally exciting and artistically vibrant community wherein all forms of the arts flourish.”
If you are not yet familiar with the San Marcos Arts Council (SMAC), they are an all-volunteer Board working to promote and advance artistic activity in the community, primarily through education, exposing the public to the fine and performing arts, and serving as a community resource in promoting artistic development throughout San Marcos and the 78 Corridor.
Since its inception in 2009, the Council has regularly hosted free hands-on activities at community events, partnered with artists and non-profits, as well as sponsored artist workshops. A City grant in 2013 has allowed the Council to reach new heights in programming and outreach.
The Council is looking to raise enough revenue to sustain arts programming for fiscal years 2015-2016. For those looking to get involved, volunteer or make a meaningful donation to the San Marcos Arts Council, please contact Board President, Marilyn Huerta or Chairman, Craig Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.SanMarcosArtsCouncil.com.