Traced back to 16th century Italy when artists used their chalks to transform pavement into a makeshift canvas, street painting has retained its appeal through the centuries. Crowds still gather to watch as fine works of art emerge. “Paintings” last only until the next rain, but the spirit of the art form captivates new audiences each year and inspires lasting memories.
Join more than 100,000 art lovers who will attend the 23rd annual Festival over the weekend. with more than 600 artists on the pavement, music on the mainstage, restaurants, shops, festival food court and bistro, you’re sure to get caught up with the excitement.
ADMISSION IS FREE.
Since its creation in 1995 by a small group of Lake Worth residents led by Erin Allen and Maryanne Webber, the Street Painting Festival has grown into the most highly anticipated free cultural event in South Florida. Modeled after I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival in Santa Barbara, California, the art of street painting has attracted onlookers since the 16th century, when crowds would gather to watch as itinerant artists created masterworks on the cobblestones. Now in its third decade, the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival attracts 100,000 visiters each year.
Presented each February with the support of sponsors, artists and volunteers, the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival claims bragging rights as the largest free festival of its kind in the world. Watch as over 600 artists converge, using chalk as their brush and the pavement as canvas, to turn the downtown streets of Lake Worth into a temporary gallery of art, creating a diverse variety of large scale traditional, contemporary and 3D illusionist paintings on the street.
For over 20 years Maryanne Webber has served with passion and dedication as volunteer chairperson and artist coordinator on the Street Painting Festival committee. In business in downtown Lake Worth for nearly 30 years, she closed her retail gallery in September, 2014. She now serves as Executive Director of the Street Painting Festival alongside Nadine Burns, Event Producer and Coordinator. Nadine is a former Lake Worth City Commissioner who served two terms and was event coordinator for the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce. The Street Painting Festival and its committee work in partnership with the City of Lake Worth, the Community Redevelopment Agency and the LULA Arts District, creating an event that today serves as an inspiration and model for similar events throughout the United States and abroad.
THE WORLD’S LARGEST STREET PAINTING FESTIVAL
The Lake Worth Street Painting Festival claims bragging rights as the world’s largest free festival of its kind. This award-winning 2-day event fills the downtown streets with more than 250 street paintings sponsored by businesses, organizations, families and individuals, covering more area than any other street painting festival. Artists converge to display their diverse talents on the asphalt – using only chalk. Street performers and Mainstage musical entertainment add to the atmosphere. Don’t miss the Festival Food Courts and downtown restaurants, accommodating culinary tastes and thirsts as diverse as the artwork.
MUSIC ON THE MAINSTAGE
Kick back and enjoy live music on the Festival’s Mainstage, located at the Cultural Plaza, in the heart of downtown.
The street Painting Festival is a non profit 501(c)(3) organization. all proceeds raised produce the street Painting Festival event, and benefit the street Painting Festival scholarship and community projects associated with the arts.
The 2017 Street Painting Festival beer tents will be manned by volunteers fromWheels For Kids. All tips will go directly to Wheels For Kids which provides customized wheelchairs for special needs children and young adults in Palm Beach County.
The purchase of a Street Painting Festival Cozie supports the Street Painting Festival Scholarship & Wheels For Kids!
Each year the Street Painting Festival partners with another 501(c)(3) non profit charitable organization to give back to the community.
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