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Rye Art Responds Community Chalk Art Project

Dear RCSD Parents and Guardians,

The Art Department of the Rye City School District has come up with a fun chalk art project for students called “Rye Art Responds.”  Teachers have been posting this to their Google Classrooms, but we wanted to make sure parents knew about it, too.

Here is a link to the Youtube video to instruct students about the project:


Rye students and families, you have the power to bring smiles to the community!  

Make chalk sidewalk/driveway art on your driveway or sidewalk about love, hope, and support.  Offer hygiene guidance. Consider phrases like, "We're in it Together," "Love and Light," "Protect Your Neighbor, Wash Your Hands," or others that you invent.   Add hearts, flowers, rainbows, smiley-face icons, and any other symbol of hope that comes to mind. Your art can also be shared with the whole world in an online gallery!

If you have sidewalk chalk, please stay home and use what you have.

If you need sidewalk chalk, Dr. Byrne will place boxes of sidewalk chalk at the entrances to the three Rye elementary schools. You can pick up chalk starting Monday, April 6th at 10:00 am. Please just take what you need. Please practice safe social distancing when picking up chalk. Take turns approaching the box, and wash your hands thoroughly after you go.

If you don’t have access to a driveway or sidewalk, make a sign or poster and hang it in your window or on your front door. 

If you would like to share your work, the Rye City School District and the Big Picture Foundation will compile images and videos of the community’s efforts on the project in a video. Follow the link below with directions on how to submit images and videos of your work.


Thank you for your participation. 

Be safe.