The Italian Cultural and Community Center presents 13th Annual I Madonnari High School Sidewalk Art Contest
The Italian Cultural and Community Center is hosting the 13th Annual I Madonnari High School Sidewalk Art Contest as part of the 41st Houston Italian Festival.
The contest is open to all sophomore and junior level students, with the application deadline being September 7. Each participant will be given a three-foot by three-foot square sidewalk space and art supplies. The artist will have six hours to complete their piece.
The Madonnari or Madonna painters go back to the 1500s, when traveling folk artists, using brightly-colored chalks, would copy paintings of the Madonna by Raphael, Michelangelo and other Masters onto the pavement of sidewalks or public squares in Italy. This creative and unique art form, also simply known as “street painting,” began an artistic tradition that experienced a rebirth in the mid-1970s and is now found throughout the world. Today, I Madonnari festivals are held annually in Europe, Africa, and the United States.