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Massive chalk art festival sketches over downtown Houston sidewalks

Massive chalk art festival sketches over downtown Houston sidewalks

Via Colori 2019
The annual Via Colori chalk art festival colors downtown streets.  Photo courtesy of Via Colori
Via Colori 2019
Local artists such as Anat Ronen are a real draw.  Photo courtesy of Anat Ronen
Via Colori 2019
The sketches are suprisingly realistic and detailed.  Photo courtesy of Via Colori
Via Colori 2019
Via Colori 2019
Via Colori 2019

Since 1994, Via Colori has been a street painting festival that has been held in several cities throughout the U.S., raising funds for non-profits. Hundreds of artists have gathered to create large-scale street art in such cities as Elizabeth, Kentucky; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Fredericksburg, Virginia; and, of course, Houston. 

This Saturday, November 23, and Sunday, November 24, the Center for Hearing and Speech will hold its 14th annual, Houston Via Colori Street Painting Festival in downtown Houston. The event will feature two stages of live music, a family zone, food and beverage vendors from local favorites, and captivating artwork.

This year, more than 200 local, national, and international artists will create larger-than-life chalk murals celebrating iconic moments from “Sound and Cinema,” will highlight the work of famous actors, actresses, and creators from across the globe, on the streets of Houston.

Artists, sponsors, and entertainers will come together for an entire weekend of family fun celebrating this innovative industry. There will also be a VIP lounge that includes complimentary food, drinks, entertainment, and exclusive access to mini-events.  

Via Colori has raised more than $4 million to help The Center, which helps serve more than 8,500 children each year. Proceeds provide health and educational services for children with hearing loss in Greater Houston with renowned audiologists, auditory-verbal teachers, and speech-language pathologists. 

“Via Colori is a wonderful event that everyone will enjoy,” said Kyle Swift, CEO of The Center for Hearing and Speech, in a statement. “It’s a great way to enjoy the unique work of world-class artists while furthering The Center for Hearing and Speech’s mission to help children with hearing loss reach their full potential.”
 
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Via Colori runs from 10 am to 5 pm. General admission is $7 ($10 at the door) and VIP admission is $40. Attendees under 18 and students with a valid college ID receive free admission.  For more information, visit the official site