SLO's I Madonnari festival has new name, sponsors

slinn@thetribunenews.comApril 2, 2014 

San Luis Obispo’s popular street painting festival is getting a new identity.

SLO I Madonnari, which takes place Sept. 13 and 14 in downtown San Luis Obispo, will be sponsored by the American Institute of Architects Central Coast Chapter (AIACCC) and the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum.

Formerly known as the I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival, the annual event features dozens of local and visiting artists creating large, colorful chalk paintings. It celebrates 23 years this fall.

According to AIACCC spokesman Micah D. Smith, the name and sponsorship changes come as the group cuts ties with its partner of 13 years, the Children’s Creative Project. That nonprofit arts education program, which is part of the Santa Barbara County Education Office, has hosted a similar street-painting festival in Santa Barbara for 28 years.

“The new partnership will better leverage fundraising on a broader donor base, as well as allow for an entirely new organization,” Smith, a San Luis Obispo architect, wrote in a news release.

For more information about SLO I Madonnari, visit

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