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Italian Street Painting
Little Italy, Baltimore
September 30- October 2, 2016


Name ___________________________________________________
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1. Artists under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian present at the Festival.
2. Artists must submit 3-5 examples of their art (must be a JPEG or JPG with file name formatted as their first and last name_the title of that artwork, example: JaneDoe_Madonna and Child.jpg) in addition to a sketch of their intended mural for the festival (JaneDoe_MuralSketch.jpg) accompanied by a statement explaining their concept.
3. Artwork should be appropriate for all viewing ages.
4. Use only chalk pastels as a medium. NO paints, oils, gesso, liquid pastels or fixatives. Water is allowed.
5. Artists must allow organizers and media to photograph the design and/or artist for publicity purposes.
6. Artists will be courteous, friendly and helpful to fellow artists and members of the public. 7. All artist submissions to this call for entry are subject to approval or rejection by the Madonnari Arts Festival Curator. 8. The undersigned acknowledges and hereby forever discharges, releases and holds harmless the Organizers of the festival from any loss or damage to my person or property while participating in this event. By signing, the applicant certifies that all information provided is true and correct.

Signed: _____________________________________________

Parent/Guardian (if artist is under 18)________________________ Date_______________________________________


EVENT SUMMARY. This 3-day cultural event will showcase elaborate chalk paintings created by artists directly on the streets of Little Italy. The event will be enhanced with Italian food, wine, music, theater and dance in a celebration of the contemporary renaissance of Baltimore’s historic Italian neighborhood.

Our model for this event originated in Italy in a tradition that dates back to the 16th century — the art of street painting. Historically, i madonnari were wandering artists in Italy who traveled village to village to earn their livelihood at various festivals and on various holy days. The artists often depicted religious images in their paintings, thus earning their name. Such a festival was first introduced in America in Santa Barbara, California in the 1980s. Today, street painters create breathtaking traditional and expressionistic compositions using the street as their canvas and chalk pastels as their medium.

EVENT PROGRAM. Artists will create chalk paintings on Little Italy’s South High and Fawn Streets for the three event days (September 30-October 2). The street will come alive as it is transformed into fine works of art. The theme of the art is “The Movement of Change.”

Professional and student artists will become i madonnari for the celebration. Little Italy proudly hosts three Madonnari from Italy, Flavio Coppola, Francesca Arsi and Matteo Appignani and Baltimore’s own Maestro Madonnaro, Michael Kirby. Anthony Cappetto, known for combining 4d technology with 2d and 3d art, will also be featured among the exciting roster of participating visual artists. The street art will be judged by professional artists.

Local, national and international performing artists will participate in a series of indoor and outdoor events sponsored by the Little Italy restaurants. Laura Norris, founder and instructor of Mando for Kids, will lead her young Baltimore City musicians as they play Italian and contemporary music on bowlback mandolins. In honor of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, scenes will be staged in several of the Little Italy restaurants. Roving opera singers will also perform in and outside the restaurants.

Also on the weekends from 11:30 a.m. until 3 pm, the PNC Children’s Chalk Center, a family Madonnari arts area, will be the site of children’s street theater and face painting and free chalk will be provided to young artists who will be able to draw on the street alongside the masters. Children are also welcomed on the bocce court on Stiles Street, where bocce lessons will be provided.

Festival events on Sunday, October 2 include the Columbus Celebrations 5K and Parade, preceded by a wreath laying ceremony by civic groups at the base of the Christopher Columbus statue in the Columbus Piazza and followed by a bocce tournament and a live rooftop concert in a tribute to The Beatles 1969 concert on the roof of Apple Records provided by Baltimore’s “Fab Five”, The Apple Scruffs.

All of the foregoing events are free and open to the public.

Other musical events will include a dinner and performance by guitar virtuosos Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo in An Evening of Gypsy Jazz, the Little Italy Madonnari Arts Festival Kickoff Cabaret the evening of September 29, sponsored by the Associated Italian American Charities and Columbus Celebrations, Inc. at the Cabaret at Germano’sin Little Italy. Ticket proceeds will benefit the funding of the Columbus Day Parade and Madonnari Arts Festival. The Kings of Crownsville will rock the Cabaret on October 1 with original songs and New Orleans jazz and rhythm and blues standards. A comprehensive schedule of events will be published on this website and posted in the Little Italy restaurants.

The Festival is made possible by the generous assistance of the members of the Associated Italian American Charities of Maryland and Columbus Celebrations, Inc. The Festival is part of Free Fall Baltimore, made possible by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and the generous contributions of BGE, The Abell Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, American Trading & Production Corporation (Atapco), The Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation, and the Joseph and Harvey Meyerhoff Charitable Funds. Major sponsors include the Little Italy restaurants and other local businesses, PNC Bank, Baltimore Magazine, MidAtlantic Media, LLC (Baltimore Style, Jewish Times, Baltimore’s Child), Folonari Wines, Shanklin Media and the Baltimore LED Art Billboard, the Promotion Center for Little Italy, Baltimore, Miles & Stockbridge, and the Baltimore School for the Arts. Hyatt Place Baltimore and Fairfield Inn and Suites, Baltimore/Inner Harbor are the Official Festival Hotel Sponsors. The Little Italy Baltimore Madonnari Arts Festival 2016 will partner with the Turn the Towns Teal 2016 campaign to promote awareness of ovarian cancer and its subtle symptoms.

OUR MISSION. The mission of the festival is to showcase the exceptional talent, camaraderie and creative spirit of Baltimore. The heritage of the neighborhood of Little Italy will be celebrated and artists with new ideas will be welcomed in this forward thinking creative community with its enduring traditions.

Friday, September 30 – Sunday, October 2, 2016
11 am – 10 pm


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