If you’ve been out on a quarantine stroll these past few weeks, you might have noticed an increased number of chalk drawings on Chatham roads and sidewalks. These can range from motivational quotes to elaborate drawings and all are part of a cross-school wide Chalk Walk hosted by students from the CHS Junior class council.
It’s a way of giving back to the community this Thanksgiving by cheering up any passing pedestrians and allowing people to communicate with other members of the Chatham community without risk of disease or infection. What’s more, entrants have the option to list the street or road they drew on, allowing other people to visit these “tourist destinations” while out on a walk.
For centuries, communities ranging from big cities to small towns have gained vast amounts of cultural and social value from pieces of public art. Think of how iconic works like Wall Street’s Charging Bull are with their respective regions. Chatham High School is no exception—the Pouncing Cougar statue and Graduation Murals have probably ingrained themselves into your mind as defining features of the building. For most communities, public art is a staple of the culture and identity of their residents.
Interested? Check out the current art gallery and take a (socially-distanced) visit to some of the featured sites for some inspiration!