Street Painting Festival

The Houston Via Colori street painting festival was the place to be this past weekend, as more than 20,000 supporters witnessed live creativity and imagination during the fifth annual event that benefits The Center for Hearing and Speech.

 

This year’s celebration had the largest turnout to date, raised over $320,000 and increased awareness of the Center’s services and mission to teach hearing-impaired children to listen, read and speak for themselves without the use of sign language.

 

More than 200 artists covered Allen Parkway and Bagby with huge vibrant and colorful square chalk murals. Festival attendees were able to watch the art take shape, speak with the artists and make donations to the Center by voting for their favorite street painting.

 

While the artwork included many genres, landscapes and movie stars, the crowd favorites were a mural of the U.S. Marines and of Mr. Potato Head.

 

 

But the festival fun did not end there; the gigantic 1,800 square foot collaborative mural, The Art of Sound, mesmerized onlookers, as it proved itself to be the largest professional street painting mural ever created in the United States.

 

This project is funded in part by a grant from the City of Houston’s City’s Initiative Program through the Houston Arts Alliance.

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