Plans Being Drawn For 35th I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival | Arts & Entertainment

Published on March 29, 2021
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Virtual event with chalk pictures on the festival website

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Street painter Eden Ben-Shoshan, sponsored by the Ben-Shoshan family. (Courtesy photo)

The planning for the 35th annual Italian street painting festival I Madonnari from May 29th to 31st is in progress. While it is currently not possible to meet in person at the Old Mission, the festivals are shared virtually.

Street painter Lisa Jones, sponsored by Marilyn Anticouni, lawyer.
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Street painter Lisa Jones, sponsored by Marilyn Anticouni, lawyer. (Courtesy photo)

This year’s festival will include sponsored chalk drawings on driveways by artists, from young children to professionals. Daily photos of the artwork will be posted on the festival website, Facebook and Instagram pages and will remain available until May 2022. Further details will be announced shortly.

I Madonnari is featured and benefited from the Children’s Creative Project (CCP), which serves 50,000 students in more than 100 public schools in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

CCP is a not-for-profit arts education organization administered by the Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO). Its mission is to inspire and involve all students in the creative process through unique visual and performing arts education and cultural experiences.

The CCP works with school districts, professional artists, and arts organizations to ensure that the arts are incorporated into every child’s education, school, class, and day.

During the pandemic, activities were offered through virtual platforms. In the 2019-20 school year before COVID-19, the CCP provided:

»Workshops for visual and performing arts that are carried out by local artists during school time for 33,500 primary school students at 74 school locations.
»Presented 400 performances by multicultural tour operators for 44,400 children at 86 school locations.
“A $ 200 art credit for each public school to offset performance fees.
»A free performance by the Kingdom Choir of England, along with the Santa Barbara Bowl Outreach, seen by 2,500 elementary and secondary school students.

For more information, click on CCP and SBCEO.

Corporations, families, and individuals can sponsor a street painting site to promote businesses or recognize loved ones and friends. The sizes of the squares range from 4 feet by 6 feet to 12 feet by 12 feet and between $ 150 and $ 700.

Square sponsors can provide the name of a street painter or painters of any age or skill level, or the festival can designate one. Chalk is provided.

Each day of the festival, photos of sponsored drawings will be posted on social media and on the festival website along with the sponsor’s name. Sponsor names will also be published in a full-page advertisement and listed on

Visit or call 805-964-4710 ext. 4412 to be included in all advertisements before April 15 for further information.

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