Santa Barbara’s 35th I Madonnari street painting festival to be held online

SANTA BARBARA, California – The Santa Barbara County Education Bureau has started planning a virtual version of this year’s I Madonnari Italian street painting festival.

The festival takes place on May 29th, 30th and 31st.

Usually the festival takes place in front of the Old Mission, where artists of all ages come from all over the country to draw their chalk masterpieces.

However, due to the pandemic, the I Madonnari will look a little different. Rather than gathering in person, artists are encouraged to draw their pieces on their driveway and share the pictures on social media.

Daily photos of the artwork will be posted on the festival website, Facebook and Instagram pages and will remain available until May 2022.

Businesses, families, and individuals are also encouraged to sponsor a street painting space to promote their business or identify loved ones and friends.

“Squares” range in size from 4 by 6 feet to 12 by 12 feet and cost between $ 150 and $ 700.

Square sponsors can name a “street painter” – or painter – of any age or skill level – or the festival can name one. Chalk is provided.

Sponsored drawings will be published on social media and on the festival website every day, along with the sponsor’s name. Sponsor names will be published in a full-page advertisement and listed on

I Madonnari is featured and benefited from the Children’s Creative Project (CCP), which serves around 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.

During the pandemic, the CCP has offered various workshops, performances, tuition fees, and more to help students experience the arts.

To become an artist, sponsor a square, and more, visit

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