Via Colori Street Painting Festivals
Via Colori is the modern day expression of a centuries-old art form. Street painting was first recorded in Italy in the 16th Century, and now street painting festivals are held throughout the world. Founded by Rick Compton in 1994, Via Colori street painting festivals are used in the United States to raise funds for not-for-profit organizations. The events now raise hundreds of thousands of dollars a year for nonprofits. Via Colori is owned, supported, and licensed by Compton.
How do Via Colori street painting festivals work? Hundreds of artists gather and create large-scale artworks on the street using chalk. Artists are sponsored by businesses or individuals. After expenses, the money raised goes to nonprofit organizations. Via Colori is founded on a spirit of cooperation, not competitiveness, as a collected expression of artists working together to support a cause. Via Colori street painting festivals have been held in Houston, Texas; Elizabethtown, Kentucky; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Glendale, Arizona; Seaside/Sandestin, Florida; and Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Via Colori was first held in Seaside in 1998, and was later moved to Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. Funds raised by the festival benefited the Seaside School. Andy participated in 1998 and 1999 while still an art student at Northwest Florida State College, and again in 2006 before he began working as a professional artist. Please join us on a trip down memory lane, which includes meeting Miley Cyrus.