Join Houston Public Radio for Via Colori - Houston's Street Painting Festival

Over 175 artists will gather in downtown Houston to paint the town red--and every other color of the rainbow--during Via ColoriÎÂ, November 17th and 18th. Via Colori is Houston's only street painting festival and is organized by The Center for Hearing and Speech (CHS) and presented by AIG.

Festivities will be centered at the corner of Bagby and Allen Parkway with both streets getting a bright makeover to the delight of the more than 10,000 spectators expected to attend this free two-day event.

"We were so excited by the reaction of Houstonians to Via Colori last year," said Ren?e S. Davis, CHS' executive director. "And this year, Via Colori is going to be even bigger and better with more artists and more entertainment." Using pastels, artists will create art in a variety of styles, ranging from impressionist to abstract, all directly in front of spectators. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. In addition to great art, the festival will also feature live entertainment in Via Musica and Via Caf?, children's activities in Via Bambini, and food and beverage concessions.

Via Colori is the modern-day version of a Renaissance art form in which disabled veterans would paint pictures directly on the pavement of courtyards of the great Italian cathedrals to earn a living.

"Not only does Via Colori enhance the community through its art, but the benefit of the festival is seen throughout the year with our children at The Center for Hearing and Speech," said Davis. "Because 90 percent of our children receive some form of financial aid, the money raised through Via Colori helps to ensure that any child who can be helped by our services can access them, regardless of financial ability." All profits from sponsorships and donations will go to CHS, which for 60 years has been working with children who have hearing impairments. CHS, a United Way of Greater Houston agency, is the only full-service resource in Houston to identify and teach children with hearing impairments to listen and speak without the use of sign language. Each year, with the aid of a highly trained staff and advanced technology, the Center provides education, audiology and speech pathology services to children with mild to profound hearing loss.

For more information on Via Colori, please visit For more information on CHS and the work it does, please visit or call 713-523-3633.


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