Chalkboard Art Project featured at Bay skate festival

Published: Aug. 26, 2017 at 8:16 PM CDT
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The Bay in Lincoln hosted their annual Skate Art Music Festival. Local artists, and musicians were featured, and the best of the best skaters in the Midwest competed for $2,000.

One art exhibit, called the Chalkboard Project, came all the way from Michigan.

"Today we are taking pictures. We're doing a live installation here," said Jennifer Gwinnup the project artist.

Gwinnup is an art teacher at a high school in Michigan. She started the Chalkboard Project for her students this past year. After launching the gallery website it's become a hit on social media. On Saturday she brought the project to Lincoln.

"The Chalkboard was used for them to write a negative word that they have been called or maybe a perception people have of them that's not true," said Gwinnup.

People get their picture taken with the chalkboard. Then it was printed on a Polaroid and hung up for festival goers to respond, and write positive comments covering the negative word.

"I saw like lovely, inspiring, artist, and like it was really nice to read those things," said Cora Wendela who had her picture taken with a chalkboard.

There were people of all ages, posing for a photo, and putting their emotions on display.

"It means a lot to me that I got to do this because I don't want people to look at me and degrade me behind my back and I was really excited I got to take those words back and show them like I'm not going to let it ruin who I am," said Wendela.

Wendela was just one of hundreds of people who got to participate in the live art exhibit at the festival.

"It's really awesome to see people love it and see it strike a chord with people I think everybody has those kind of negative words that they deal with and they carry around. So, wer're just trying to combat that and help people see the truth about themselves," said Gwinnup.

The skating competition started at 6:30 p.m. and featured 30-40 skate boarders from all over the Midwest. Hundreds of people watched the three hour long competition.

The winner took home a $2,000 grand prize.