Italian Street Painting Little Italy, Baltimore October 1 – 4, 2015
This 4-day cultural event will showcase elaborate chalk paintings created by artists directly on the streets of Little Italy. The event will be enhanced with Italian food, wine, theater, music and dance in a celebration of the contemporary renaissance of Baltimore’s historic Italian neighborhood. Our model for this event originated in Italy in a tradition that dates back to the 16th century — the art of street painting. Historically, i madonnari were wandering artists in Italy who traveled village to village to earn their livelihood at various festivals and on holy days. The artists often depicted religious images in their paintings, thus earning their name.
Such a festival was first introduced in America in Santa Barbara, California in the 1980s. Today, street painters create breathtaking traditional and expressionistic compositions using the street as their canvas and chalk pastels as their medium.
In lieu of stipends, prizes will be awarded this year. A $1,000 CASH PRIZE WILL BE AWARDED TO THE BEST WORK! Second and Third places will win $500 and $350, respectively. A People’s Choice cash prize of $250 will also be awarded. There will be a panel of celebrity jurors to determine the winners. Festival attendees’ submissions will determine the people’s choice winner.
For more information about the Madonnari Arts Festival please visit To submit an application fill out the form found in our Artists section, under Call for Entry, and email to [email protected] with “Call for Entry” as the subject line.