We look forward to welcoming everyone for the 52nd Festival of the Arts July 12-15, 2018. Children and Youth Day will be July 11. Save the date(s)!

Downtown State College Italian Street Painting Festival

Italian Street Painting has been a tradition in Europe since the 16th Century and a tradition in State College since 1999. The Downtown State College Italian Street Painting Festival, which is located in the 100 block of Hiester Street, will once again feature street painters of national and regional significance, in addition to a Young Artists Alley.

At least 30 smaller works measuring 6’ by 4’ will be drawn by a variety of local visual artists, State College Area High School art students and Penn State art majors.  To apply to be one of our street painters please contact us.

Finally, our Little Art Alley provides artists of any age and ability with the opportunity to add to the festival! For a $5 fee, you get a beautiful box of pastels, a 14″x 14″ square to draw on and the opportunity to create a masterpiece!  The Little Art Alley is sponsored by Sheetz, Inc.

Street painters will be on-site from Thursday, July 13 to Saturday, July 15 between the hours of 10:00 am and 8:00 pm, and Sunday, July 16, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, weather permitting.

Downtown State College Improvement District

Downtown State College is pleased to be the presenting sponsor of the Festival’s Italian Street Painting Festival again in 2017.

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