Chalk Out Loud

CWM surprised - chalkative accessibility

We have been discussing the future of Chalk With Me, and we want to acknowledge some of the limitations of the project to date. We recognize that CWM is currently in a primarily visual form. The CWM Questionnaire and our website do not yet have any audio features to accompany the text and pictures.

We hope to expand the project to include audio components, interactive events and workshops open to everyone. If you have any suggestions or concerns, we would love your feedback and guidance.

Thanks to all of you who have completed the questionnaire. We are so excited to work with your feedback and chalk with you! What kind of Chalk With Me events would you like to see happen? Take our questionnaire and let us know!

Chalking With H: Change

Change is on my mind!


I just spent a week in the Yukon visiting my family. I grew up in Whitehorse, but I haven’t spent much time there since I came to Vancouver for University in 2008. I go back to the Yukon for visits once or twice a year, but it doesn’t feel like my home anymore, it is just where I am from. The city itself has changed a lot, new buildings are going up all the time; Whitehorse is definitely growing, slowly but surely. But the changes that affected me most are things like, my parents selling my childhood home and moving into a new house, changes in space. In just a year, my brother’s tall wooden frame has become a fully functional home in which he lives. My other brother’s tree-covered lot has been stripped bare, ready for building. The children that were crawling and teething are now walking and talking, communicating with actual words!

But what about this word ‘change’?

The word itself has so many different meanings, so many uses. It can be a noun or a verb. It can elicit so many different emotions and different responses in different contexts.

Take a look at the online dictionary’s definition for Change

What if we were to change this definition of change? Or add to it, enhance it, using more vivid examples, descriptions, pictures, and… CHALK!? I really think that Chalk With Me has the potential to change the way a lot of us think about and use language. I know that Chalk With Me has already had a huge impact on the way I think about and use language, and it has changed me in other ways too. For instance, instead of my carry-on baggage being filled with spare pencils and pens like it usually is, it was filled with Chalk!

I even did some chalking on the streets in the Yukon, but I’ll share that with you later next week.

Until then, let me know what words you think could be better explained with pictures and enhanced with chalk!

Do you think words have the potential to change the world?

In my mind, they do.

But only if our words are an exchange, heard by others, and/or seen; felt. If people understand the words I use and I understand theirs, we can communicate change, and create change, together.

See what I’m getting at? 🙂