The FREE Italian Street Painting Festival presented by Youth in Arts attracts more than 60,000 people to San Rafael from the Bay Area and all over the world every year in June. This year’s theme, Bella Terra, celebrates the beauty of our earth through art, music and cuisine.
Just 25 minutes north of San Francisco at the historic Mission San Rafael Arcangel, hundreds of madonnari (street painters) transform the streets of San Rafael into a color-splashed gallery for 60,000 visitors each year on the second weekend in June. Using chalk as the medium and asphalt as the canvas, artists create over 200 images in various styles and sizes. This feast for the eyes is complimented by entertainment on two stages and a wide variety of Italian fare.
Founded in 1994, the Youth in Arts festival is renowned as one of the finest street painting festivals in the world. The Festival is both a fundraiser and a gift to our community–a popular celebration of art, music and culture. Festival sponsors not only make this free event possible, but also help us provide programs for Marin students year-round.
At the close of the Festival on Sunday, the Pamela Levine Arts Education Leadership Award is presented to one or more community members who have done exemplary work in creating arts learning opportunities for Marin youth.
Saturday June 1, 2010 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Sunday June 13, 2010, 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.