Arts & Culture

Via Colori – November 22nd and 23rd

Over 175 artists will gather in downtown Houston to paint the town red—and every other color of the rainbow—during Via Colori®, November 22nd and 23rd. This free two-day festival is organized by The Center for Hearing. Children are invited to visit the KUHF table on Saturday to create holiday ornaments out of recycled CDs during the festival.

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.

“The past two years have been a tremendous success thanks to the overwhelming response from Houstonians and the art community,” said Renée S. Davis, executive director of CHS. “And this year, Via Colori is going to be even bigger and better.”

Using a pastel medium, artists are free to create art in any style. Past pieces have included versions of the Mona Lisa, a majestic tiger and a 3-D mermaid scene. 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.

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.

In addition to great art, the festival will also feature live entertainment in Via Musica and Via Café, children’s activities in Via Bambini, and food and beverage concessions.

“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 more than 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.

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