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Thea Paves The Way

Thea Foundation’s annual sidewalk chalk event

Thea Paves the Way began in 2005 as one of Thea Foundation’s first outreach events to engage students, teachers, families, community groups, and others in an exciting collaborative art project. In recent years, the event has drawn 500+ participants, who also enjoy face painting and entertainment on the grounds of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library.


The 15th Annual Thea Paves the Way will be held three Saturdays in September 2020 and hosted by Malvern National Bank in a distanced event series where participants can safely share in a creative community effort featuring vibrant chalk art.

On September 12, 19 and 26, Malvern National Bank will host interested individuals and small groups at varying branches in the central area of the state. The designated branches will differ for each of the three weekends, but every location will offer zoned areas for distanced drawing, coloring and general doodling. A longtime supporter of Thea Foundation, MNB typically contributes to Thea’s main fall fundraiser, Blue Plate Special, serving as the presenting sponsor the previous three years. Since the organization is unable to host events this year, MNB will graciously support Thea’s mission by providing locations for Thea Paves the Way throughout the month of September.

Attendees should review the dates and participating Malvern National Bank branches listed below and register to take part in any of the three event weekends. Each branch will host participants from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on their designated Saturday. People are encouraged to bring their own chalk, and masks will be required at each location. 


Saturday, September 12

  • Malvern MNB — 501 S. Main St., Malvern, Ark.

  • Sheridan MNB — 207 N Oak St., Sheridan, Ark.

  • Hot Springs MNB — 1010 Airport Rd., Hot Springs, Ark.





Saturday, September 19

  • Benton MNB — 1111 Military Rd., Benton, Ark.

Saturday, September 26 

  • Little Rock MNB — 10700 Bass Pro Pkwy., Little Rock, Ark.

  • Conway MNB — 1025 Markham St., Conway, Ark.

For those wanting to participate remotely, Thea Foundation encourages anyone to share their chalk art photos via social media using #TheaPavestheWay. All event dates are weather permitting, but virtual participation can happen any day. 

For questions about the 2020 Thea Paves the Way Saturdays in September event series, please contact Amanda Seevers at or (501) 545-8171.

The 2020 Thea Paves the Way September event series is generously sponsored by

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