ATLANTIC CITY — Jean Burbee and Michelle Tomko, of Atlantic City, “chalked” their way down the sidewalk Saturday outside the Brighton Avenue School.

Burbee worked on an image that said, “Don’t be afraid to try.”

“It’s something positive, so people know Atlantic City is so much more than the casinos,” Tomko said.

The two were on a team, along with dozens of others, using chalk to draw positive and inspirational images across the resort as part of an event called Chalk About AC.

Hosted by the Atlantic City Arts Foundation, the event sent families, groups of friends and individuals across the city with a box of chalk and supplies.

The participants either arrived in teams or were split up into teams, and were given a map and an assigned area of the city to chalk up with as many colorful, positive or inspirational images as possible.

Each team had from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to draw as much as they could as part of the free event.

Joyce Hagen, executive director of the Arts Foundation, said more than 100 people participated.

“We just try to get somebody everywhere in every part of the city,” Hagen said.

She said she’s been in the city doing these types of projects since 2000 and that it feels like a lot more people are appreciative and interested in the efforts.

“The city has gotten so active,” she said. “It’s exciting times.”

The chalk effort, in its third year, is one of several the foundation has been working on in the city to foster art and inspiration.

Earlier this year, a project with Stockton University called 48 Blocks had artists creating murals, paintings and other forms of art throughout the city.

Near one of those murals on Tennessee Avenue was Jill Fermonte, 62, who works at Resorts Casino Hotel. She was on the sidewalk Saturday morning, writing “Joy is the way” on the curb.

“It’s to bring as much color to A.C. as we can,” she said. “Just positive signs popping up all over A.C. That’s all we want to do.”

The event ended with a party for the teams at the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University.

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