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Chalk One Up for the Grand Canyon!

February 10, 2014

3D Chalk Art Commissioned by AZ Tourism Officials to Promote Grand Canyon State

TCLA_300x250_Sedona.jpgDon’t miss your chance to experience one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World right on the streets of Los Angeles, California (L.A.)!

The Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT) is promoting travel to Arizona,, and has commissioned chalk artist Tracy Lee Stum, one of the world's foremost 3D street painters, to capture the unique beauty of the Grand Canyon National Park in an interactive chalk art illustration.

Stum will begin drawing the image Thursday, February 13. The illustration is expected to take two days to construct and will be available to view throughout the Valentines’ Day and Presidents’ Day Holiday weekend for L.A. residents to enjoy. Residents are encouraged to visit the 3rd Street Promenade area in Santa Monica, between Arizona Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard, to watch Stum as she brings the majestic Grand Canyon to L.A. 

“This amazing 3D image of the Grand Canyon will be set up so that when people are looking over the railing of the chalk art, it will feel like they are really leaning over the edge of the canyon,” said Sherry Henry, director of Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT).  “This glimpse into the canyon should surely inspire them to come see the real thing.”

In addition to the sightseeing experience, L.A. residents will have an opportunity to enter their names in one of three sweepstakes for a chance to win an ArizTCLA_300x250_Tucson.jpgona vacation package. Choices of prizes include: a three-night stay at Enchantment Resort in Sedona with a Pink Jeep Tour for two; or a three-night stay at Saguaro Hotel Scottsdale with a Pink Adventure Tour and Taste of Old Town Scottsdale food tour for two; or a three-night stay at Omni Tucson National Resort with breakfast and round of golf for two. All prizes include a Southwest Airlines gift card for $400 and $200 credit card for rental car or spending money during their exciting Arizona adventure.

“With our close proximity, Californians have been enjoying Arizona's travel adventures for years and this is a great relationship we continue to build,” continued Henry.

The 3D image and sweepstakes are part of a travel advertising campaign blitz launched by the Arizona tourism officials to encourage L.A. residents to visit Arizona. The campaign will also appear in various media outlets such as television, newsprint, online displays and outdoor marketing efforts throughout L.A. Ads feature Arizona’s iconic southwestern landscape such as the red rocks of Sedona and include campaign messages like: “Hey L.A. Check Out Our Red Carpet!” The campaign’s messaging directs travelers to Arizona’s consumer website, and encourages them to share their Arizona story by telling others to #GoSeeAZ.

This targeted campaign approach helps to extend AOT’s national travel advertising campaign, “Let Yourself Go,” currently running in major markets across the United States.  Arizona tourism officials are speaking more directly to the L.A. market with this concentrated campaign as industry research indicates residents in this city have a higher propensity to travel to Arizona during the winter season and are familiar with AOT’s current national travel advertising efforts.  Annually, more than five million California residents visit Arizona.

AOT collaborated with Arizona-based Off Madison Ave advertising firm on the concept, design and execution of the campaign, which will run throughout the month of February 2014.

AOT works to strengthen the economic impact of the Arizona travel and tourism industry through promotion and marketing efforts. Each year, millions of visitors experience the Grand Canyon State as a travel destination.  In 2012, more than 38 million visitors generated $19.3 billion throughout the state, injecting nearly $53 million each day into Arizona’s economy.

For more information about AOT’s marketing programs visit For more information about what to see and do in Arizona visit   

About Arizona Office of Tourism
Created as an executive agency in 1975, the Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT) is charged with enhancing the state’s economy and the quality of life for all Arizonans by expanding travel activity and increasing related revenues through tourism promotion.  For information on AOT’s program of work, research and media plans, visit For information about Arizona travel experiences, visit

About Tracy Lee Stum
Tracy Lee Stum is an internationally recognized American chalk artist and street painter who specializes in spectacular, interactive 3d chalk art street paintings. A visionary and master in the chalk art world, Tracy’s mind-blowing 3D images continue to ‘wow’, inspire and amaze viewers around the globe! Tracy began street painting in 1998 and is considered by Madonnari peers, festival directors and viewers among the finest street painters today. Tracy has participated as an invited featured artist in many festivals and events in the US and internationally where her paintings have won numerous awards & accolades – she currently holds a Guinness World Record for the largest street painting by an individual, which was set in 2006. Tracy’s work has been featured in numerous publications including ‘3D Street Art’, by Birgit Krols, Tectum Publishing, 2010. For more information about Tracy, visit

About 3rd Street Promenade and Downtown Santa Monica
Downtown Santa Monica is a world-class shopping, dining and entertainment destination just a stone’s throw away from the Pacific Ocean, which provides the city’s delightful year-round climate and balmy breezes. More than six million people visit sunny Downtown Santa Monica annually, including three million international visitors. For more information about the area, visit

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