I MADONNARI Italian Street Painting Festival
Each year in September, the plaza of the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, in San Luis Obispo, California is transformed with colorful, large-scale street paintings created by artists and young people.
Street painting has a long tradition in cities in Western Europe and is believed to have started in Italy in the 16th century. The artists who use chalk to draw on the street are known as â€śmadonnariâ€ť or â€śMadonna paintersâ€ť because they reproduced icons of the Madonna.
2013 iMadonnari Brochure
SEPTEMBER 7â€”8, 2013 â€˘ XXII Anniversario
Street paintings will transform the San Luis Obispo Mission Plaza and adjacent streetsÂ during the weekend of September 7-8 2013.
The Festival hours are from 10 am to 6 pm both days and admission is free. The artists or â€śmadonnariâ€ť begin working on Saturday morning of the weekend and continue drawing throughout the two-day festival.
BECOME AN ARTIST
We invite you to apply to participate in the I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival at the San Luis Obispo Mission in September. The festival will provide the chalk and a list of street painting tools and tips for participating artists.
The festival is taking applications from professional and practicing adult artists who would like to participate as a street painter in the festival. We will review your application, and if you are selected we will contact you.
SLO Artist Application Form
If you find a business, individual, or organization who would like to sponsor a square, you can be their street painter. An alternative is to sponsor a square yourself or with friends. In either case you would automatically be included as a street painter in this yearâ€™s festival.
For young children, a special street painting area is created with 2-by-2 feet squares that can be purchased during festival hours. The fee includes a box of chalk for young street painters.