Houston Via Colori - A Street Painting Festival

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Country and Region United StatesTexas
Type of Festival Music
Festival Contact Information

The Center for Hearing and Speech
3636 W. Dallas
Houston, TX 77019 USA

Festival Description

Houston Via Colori showcases over 200 talented artists who volunteer their time to paint original works of art on the street in a pastel medium. Each year over 20,000 people hit the streets for live entertainment, children’s activities and a Saturday Afternoon Street Party will round out this spectacular fall weekend downtown in Sam Houston Park and the surrounding streets of Allen Parkway and Bagby. The two-day event, free to the public, will raise funds and awareness about The Center for Hearing and Speech and hearing impairments in children. An ancillary benefit is increasing public access to art – Via Colori takes art out of the museums and onto the pavement for all Houstonians to enjoy. There is also live music, food and children’s activities.

Festival Dates November 23 - 24, 2013
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Festival Events:

Houston’s Annual Celebration of Art and Asphalt 2011:
  • What
    • Houston Via Colori®, The Street Painting Festival is back, turning the streets of downtown Houston into an unconventional art gallery with colossal and colorful works of art. The festival offers 2 days, 200 chalk artists, FREE to the Houston public, benefiting hearing-impaired kids.Via Colori 2011 promises to be like no other local festival as thousands come together to experience art, live music on two stages, food, activities for all ages and so much more.
  • When
    • Saturday, November 19, 10:00am to 6:00pm
    • Sunday, November 20, 10:00a to 5:00pm
  • Who
    • Watch as over 200 of the best local and national street painting artists transform the pavement of downtown Houston into art before your eyes. Festival attendees get an up-close and personal view of the artwork and can actually talk to the artists; all while enjoying more than a dozen local bands rock out.
  • Where
    • Downtown Houston; Sam Houston Park & the streets of Allen Parkway & Bagby
  • Cost
    • Free admission for everyone!
  • Why
    • In 2006, Via Colori was introduced to the city of Houston to celebrate the Italian Renaissance art of street painting while benefiting The Center for Hearing and Speech (CHS), a non-profit organization that teaches children with hearing impairments listening, speaking and literacy skills.
  • About the beneficiary The Center for Hearing and Speech (CHS)
    • The Center for Hearing and Speech is a non-profit organization that identifies and serves children with hearing impairments. In 2010, CHS provided clinical, educational and family support services to more than 2,900 children. CHS is the central resource in Houston for pediatric hearing loss and the only facility that specializes in oral deaf education.


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Slideshow photo credits:
  • In order of appearance
    • Photo by Houston Event Photography
    • Photo by Jeffrey Huang - Blue Dream
    • Orange, by Mahaly Randrianavony
    • Photo by Sandy Grimm - Hand
    • Photo by Sandy Grimm - Street view
    • Photo by Sandy Grimm - Renaissance
    • Visions of Color,by Dionne Crichlow
  • Sam Houston Park
    1000 Bagby Street
    Houston, TX, 77002
  • Hours:
    Saturday 10:00am to 6:00pm
    Sunday 10:00am to 5:00pm
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