With a hip, progressive local culture and attractions like the wildly popular Funk Zone, Santa Barbara is an esteemed destination for bold, creative types. Keeping in line with the city’s artistic inclination is the I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival. This annual event is centered on the creation of street art, and will see more than 100 grand images illustrated on Santa Barbara’s sidewalks with vibrant pastels.
The I Madonnari Italian Arts Festival benefits the Children’s Creative Project: a nonprofit program promoting arts education throughout Santa Barbara County. Working with more than 50,000 children, the Children’s Creative Project does an incomparable job of spreading the magic of visual and performing arts throughout Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.
The street art festival was inspired by a similar event in Grazie di Curtatone, Italy, where artists and locals decorate the streets with complete abandon. Using sidewalks as canvases brings color and life to the most modest urban elements, and brings free art to the public. A painted city seems well-suited to Santa Barbara’s playful attitude toward creation and style.
The I Madonnari Italian Arts Festival is set to take place late this May at the Santa Barbara Mission, and parking is available on the nearby Mission Field. For those who would like to participate, simply sponsor a stretch of concrete canvas. Your donation will help the Children’s Creative Project, and can double as a business advertisement, a memorial, or a creative work of art. The festival will run from 10-6 for three straight days, and admission will be free.
Santa Barbara Mission
Corner of Los Olivos and Laguna St
May 23, 24, & 25