Each Memorial Day, Madonnari (street painters) transform the Old Mission plaza into a spectacle of color and creativity with 150 beautiful, vibrant chalk images. Santa Barbara was the first to bring this romantic festival to the western hemisphere from its sister festival in Grazie di Curtatone, Italy. The festival benefits the Children’s Creative Project, a nonprofit arts education program that serves 50,000 children in 100 schools throughout Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.
This year, World Dance for Humanity was delighted to take part, sponsoring Art Walk for Kids/Adults, a program for artists with disabilities, to create beautiful 8’ by 12’ chalk drawing expressing the joy of dance.
We’re grateful to Teresa Nowak who’s idea sparked this collaboration, and Kerrie Kilpatrick-Weinberg, Director and Founder of Art Walk.