If you’ve been following the 2014 San Marcos Arts Council Chicken Parade, in partnership with the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce, you know this project is about so much more than painted chickens. In fact, this event has already done more to build community than one would have expected painted sculptures to do.
The Chicken Parade kicked off July 4 with 28 local businesses exhibiting one-of-a-kind chicken sculptures. Each of these chickens was created by a local artist and each tells a different story. There’s the ShockTop-inspired chicken on display at Markstein Beverage Co. and the Dia De Los Muertos-inspired chicken on display at Old Cal Coffee. And, until you see them all, you won’t be able to appreciate the diversity…you also won’t be able to win any of the awesome prizes!
There is a scavenger hunt going on all summer. It started on July 4 and ends on September 30, so you still have some time to get out and start filling in your scavenger hunt map.
The chickens are placed throughout the city. Just go to www.sanmarcosartscouncil.com to download the map. Then, all you have to do is visit the chicken in its ‘natural roosting place’ and have the local business sign off. Once you complete the hunt, leave your map at the last business you visit and you will be entered to win some cool prizes.
There’s also a Facebook photo contest you don’t want to miss. When you visit a business where one of the 28 chickens reside, just do a Facebook check-in, snap a picture and post it on your Facebook page. Make sure you tag yourself and anyone else in the photo when you post your picture. There are lots of categories in the photo contest, so get out there and have some fun! In fact, we’ll pick a few favorites to include in a future issue of SHARE San Marcos. So, get out there and do it!
Details for both of these contests are on the San Marco Arts Council website. Make sure you check it out.
This city-wide exhibition is building a supportive community around the arts, our local businesses and the incredibly talented artists who created the chicken sculptures. Such local artists include, Christopher Polentz, Krista Timberlake, Kent Campbell, Juli Veee and Roni Draves.
What’s really cool is that it’s taking off. Grandparents are out with their grand kids on a mission to track down every chicken. Groups of friends are getting together to visit each of the chickens. Businesses that are housing the chickens are having fun engaging with the community. The event has also received some great local press exposure for the SMAC, the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce and the various artists participating. These chickens have really brought the community together in a unique and engaging way this summer.
As SMAC Board Member, Craig Garcia shared when delivering the chickens to their respective sponsors, “…the businesses are reporting a boost in staff morale just by being part of the Parade. [Me] and my family will be out at around town taking photos with each chicken, you can be sure of that!” Charity Wings volunteer, Aisa Diaz confirmed that she and a “group of her girlfriends” will be navigating their way around town in the next couple weeks to visit each business as well.
Are you in? Leave a comment below. Let’s rally!