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Carlsbad ArtSplash 2013 is right around the corner and preparations are in full swing. The 11th annual two-day, nonprofit, family event that promotes and benefits arts in the community is a must to check out this year. Be it a professional artist, a kid who likes to color with sidewalk chalk, a vendor, sponsor, merchant or a someone who just wants to relax along Armada Drive overlooking the Pacific while taking in the scene, the weekend is a must for all to mark on the calendar. We had the opportunity to hear what’s in store this year from event organizers. The silent auction, car show, skateboarding demos, entertainment, art, cuisine and so forth are over the top. Basically, this year is The Wheel Deal! Come on out and see for yourself.

Q&A with Joni Miringoff ArtSplash, Chairperson

What is the history behind the Carlsbad ArtSplash event? 

ArtSplash was founded in 2002 by a small but dedicated group of people who love the arts and value education. We combined these two passions into a vision of creating a community celebration for arts education. Over the years, our chalk art and entertainment festival has evolved. We have grown in terms of popular perennial and innovative new features, opportunities for interactive arts-making, offerings such as Taste at ArtSplash, and, significantly, in terms of the number and origin of eventgoers. Most of our original committee is intact. We have remained true to our original vision and enjoy being able to continue to offer free parking and admission, along with easy access for people of all ages and walks of life to unleash their creativity.ArtSplash_2013_Wheel_Deal_Logo

How many people are you expecting for this year’s event?

Typically, roughly 30,000 people visit ArtSplash, enjoying not only the event, but the spectacular Armada Drive panorama of the blue Pacific. Attendees can participate in their selected activities, be it listening to music, trying their hand at chalking, bidding on silent auction items, buying a unique piece from a fine art vendor and/or meeting and mingling with friends.

Tell us about the street painters who will be showcasing their skills throughout the weekend. 

Professional artists from throughout Southern California, predominantly from North County and surrounding communities, create museum-quality replica art pieces on the pavement while eventgoers marvel.

Describe the chalk art squares for professional and non-professional participants alike.

Dozens of professional artists’ squares in various sizes are sponsored by corporations and individuals. Acclaimed artists return annually while we welcome new professionals every year. Non-professionals – primarily children and families – can plunk down $3 for a two-by-two square to create whatever they want. Chalk is supplied and artists are on hand to lend their help.


ArtSplash co-founder Ron Juncal with Phyllis Swanson

Glad you asked! We will feature exciting pro skateboarding demos throughout the weekend, a Sunday car show, a silent auction of artist–embellished skateboards, a free-wheeling contest currently in the works and other surprises to come.

There are several people involved with organizing the annual event. Please tell us the names and roles that each person has in putting on the event.

Co-Founder and current Chair Joni Miringoff, Co-Founder and Lead Artist Ron Juncal, with Studio 2 partner Phyllis Swanson and numerous other people who volunteer their services in specific categories and work together to make ArtSplash a success.

The event this year marks its 11th year. What is the most exciting thing about putting this event on every year? 

Chair Joni Miringoff stated, “From the moment one ArtSplash ends, I start thinking about what we can do to make the next year’s festival bigger, better and more exciting. Our committee begins meeting in January, nine months before the event. Then, every September, after a lot of preparation, surmounting of challenges and seizing of opportunities, we give birth to a wonderful new ArtSplash ‘baby.’ Personally, walking around Armada Drive and seeing the gleam of excitement in a child’s eyes as they create something imaginative is my reward.”

The event is a free event. How is it funded? 

First and foremost, through wonderful people who donate their time and talents as volunteers, including our committee members, artists, high school students, who log community service hours, and many others. In 2013, as in past years, the City of Carlsbad is our title sponsor. We also seek corporate contributors, many of whom sponsor chalk art squares. Proceeds from activities such as Taste at ArtSplash, the silent auction, vendor booths, children’s area and ads in our program all help us support arts and music programs in North County schools.

One of the main missions of the event is to raise funds for art and music programs in North County school. What is your goal and what will funds specifically go towards? 

Simply put, our fundraising goal is always: as much as possible! To date, ArtSplash has contributed more than $42,000 to school programs highlighting diverse visual and performing art and music programs. During the 2012 – 2013 school year, ArtSplash grants totaling $8,672 funded 17 enriching programs in Carlsbad Unified School District, Encinitas Union School District, San Dieguito Union High School District, San Marcos Unified School District and Vista Unified School District.


photo courtesy ArtSplash 2012

Anything and everything! We have designed our festival to accommodate people’s diverse interests and needs. It’s easy to get in and out of the parking area and festival venue. There is so much to see and do while strolling up and down each side of the street. The ambiance is warm and welcoming. The wide street is full and beckoning with activity, but you don’t feel crowded. A typical family may stay for several hours watching artists create chalk art and then creating their own, grabbing some delicious food from a vendor, relaxing in the sun or shade to enjoy a musical performance, checking out the fine art, bidding on a silent auction item…all in all, creating a memorable day!

Please tell us all the ways one can go about participating in the event. 

People who are interested should visit www.carlsbadartsplash.org and then contact joni@carltas.com to determine how best to participate.

The event is supported by hundreds of volunteers. How does one go about helping out? 


We need volunteers in a variety of areas. Most shifts are just a few hours in length and a lot of fun, as you get to meet and help many people.

Are you actively looking for vendors? How are they selected?

We are extremely selective about our fine arts vendors. We are not a street fair, but a celebration of the arts, so we jury in vendors offering diverse and unique works of art, including photography, painting, jewelry, pottery, sculpture, masks and more. Items range from the traditional to the edgy. Vendor applications are being accepted through Sept. 1 at www.carlsbadartsplash.org/artists.htm.


photo courtesy ArtSplash 2012

People who visit ArtSplash partake of a tradition dating back to the 16th century when itinerant Italian street painters would use chalk to transform village squares into colorful temporary galleries. Chalk art, like life itself, is both ephemeral and enduring.

Eventgoers become part of a big community draw that enables them to admire the creativity of others, discover the creativity inherent within themselves and support arts education.

Let’s let an eventgoer explain her impetus: Dominique Chavez made her first visit to ArtSplash in 2012 with young grandsons Mateo and Zachary. She related, “The boys loved making crafts and were delighted when the professional artists let them help chalk Spiderman on the street. I was inspired by the art, including that of the vendors, and we all enjoyed the music and food. This event is such a community amenity. When I learned that ArtSplash uses the money to fund art programs in the boys’ Carlsbad school, it made me even more eager to return this year.”

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Full Name: Carlsbad ArtSplash

Location: Armada Drive above The Flower Fields, between Cannon and Palomar Airport Roads

Date: Sept. 28 – 29

Time: Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Website: www.carlsbadartsplash.org

Email: joni@carltas.com

Phone: 760-436-2828

Facebook: www.facebook.com/carlsbadartsplash

Title Sponsor: City of Carlsbad

Number of Expected Participants: 30,000

Description: ArtSplash is a free, two-day, non-profit, family event that promotes and benefits arts within the community. ArtSplash is a community-wide partnership of organizations and businesses working together to establish an annual family event showcasing North County. Proceeds benefit art and music programs in North County schools.

Stage Emcee: Killarney Carnohan

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Saturday, Sept. 28

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.    

Non-stop arts and entertainment, chalk art, kids’ area, fine art vendors, sand sculpting, speed painting, food, silent auction and more

11 – 11:30 a.m.  

Shokenji Taiko Vista Buddhist Temple Drummers

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  

Carlsbad High School Lancer Dancers

12 – 3 p.m.  

Taste at ArtSplash ($20)

12:25 p.m.      

Welcome by Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall

12:35 – 1:30 p.m.

Forty Proof, City of Carlsbad rock band

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.      

Carlsbad Dance Centre

3 – 5 p.m.                            

Bayou Brothers Cajun/Zydeco

Daily Feature

Bones Wheels Skateboard Demos

Sunday, Sept. 29

8:30 a.m.     

He’Ro’es for Hope 3-mile breast cancer walk

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.  

Nonstop arts and entertainment, chalk art, kids’ area, fine art vendors, sand sculpting, speed painting, food, silent auction and more

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.    

Best of Show Coach Car Show

11 – 11:45 a.m.          

Hullaballoo Band Kids’/Folk

12 – 12:45 p.m.        

Blacktop Royalty Contemporary

1 – 3 p.m.  

Euphoria Brass Band New Orleans Style on stage and on the street

4:10 p.m.                            

Presentation of Chalk Art Awards

Daily Features

Bone Wheels Skateboard Demos, Cake Décor Exhibition

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Taste at ArtSplash

Date: Sept. 28

Time: 12 – 3 p.m.

Ticket Information: kathydennett@att.net; 760-213-8566

Participating Restaurants: www.carlsbadartsplash.org/activities.htm

Contact: Kathy Dennett, 760-213-8566, kathyydennett@att.net

Car Show

Date: Sept. 29

Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Description: Fun and fabulous muscle cars, classic cars, hot rods and woodies from 1928 to 1969 will be on display. These automotive works of art are being brought to you by Best of Show Coach Works.

Websites: www.bestofshowcoachworks.com; www.facebook.com/bestofshowcoachworks

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