The “Chalk It Up” event draws attention to endangered species in Phoenix

PHOENIX, Ore. – Artists, community members and animal lovers gathered at the Phoenix Civic Center today to “Chalk It Up”.

The ‘Chalk It Up’ event was hosted by the Pollinator Project Rogue Valley in conjunction with the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy.

Chalk art wrapped the civic center’s sidewalks, showing animals and insects alike on the list of endangered species.

We were told that around 50 artists took part.

“It can range from fish to birds and insects to polar bears … just to raise awareness and get people to make fine art or just do normal art,” said Kristina Lefever, volunteer.

The event started around 9 a.m. and ended around 8 p.m.

Lefever hopes it will be an annual event, with a bigger crowd and sellers over the next year.

NBC5 news reporter Mariah Mills is from Medford. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She also studied sociology.

At school, she reported on Oregon athletics for the student-run Duck TV. When she’s not reporting, reading, hiking, and rooting for her favorite teams, the Seattle Seahawks and Oregon Ducks.

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