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Arts / Museums

Downtown’s Street Art Frenzy

More than 25,000 Turn Out to See the Chalk Wonders

BY // 11.21.16
photography Don Suttajit

Several blocks of downtown were transformed into paved palettes over the weekend when more than 200 local and international artists gathered for the 11th annual Houston Via Colori Street Painting Festival. With chalk boxes in hand and creativity on the mind, these artists entertained some 25,000 spectators.

Artists created their works on the sidewalks around City Hall; the traffic lanes of Bagby, McKinney, and Walker; and all across Hermann Square.

More than an artful experience, Via Colori doubles as a fundraiser and over this weekend earned more than $400,000 for the Center for Hearing and Speech.

With something for everyone, the event featured three stages with 25 performers, a family zone and KIND park, a Kendra Scott pop-up shop, Stella Artois Airstream Experience, and The Frio Wine Lounge presented by William Hill Estate Wines.

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