I Madonnari Chalk Festival

Once a year Santa Barbara hosts a festival like no other, the I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival. This past Memorial Day weekend the Santa Barbara Mission was packed full of the most talented artist in town, devoting 3 days in the May sun and heat to paint inspiring and jaw-dropping large scale street art.

The festival benefits the Children’s Creative Project, a nonprofit arts education program in Santa Barbara County that serves 500,000 children in over 100 schools. As one of the lead sponsors of the event, Mesa Lane Partners was offered 1 of the 150 street canvases to paint. Our Office Coordinator, Meghan Hart, who is also a renowned local artist, donated her time and her talent towards our street painting ­– a city bike featuring the elevations of our SOMO project in the center of the wheel (seen in the picture above)!

Big thanks to the organizers and volunteers of I Madonnari! As the only festival of its type on the western hemisphere, I Madonnari offers the community of Santa Barbara a one-of-a-kind festival to enjoy year after year.


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