Interested in art, activism, or raising the spirits of the Berkeley community?
Emma Tracy (SED '20) and Natalie Musick, Berkeley alumni and program co-directors, invite you to participate in Berkeley's Dia de Madonnari- a street painting festival, taking place September 25-28!
This is a socially distant festival, with each participant choosing their own location of where they want to create their artwork. Progression of each work and the locations of each will be displayed on the program website's virtual gallery so viewers can take socially distanced tours of the chalk art. The art can be about anything, but if it falls under one of three themes, which were chosen based on current events and experiences (racial justice, connection, and environment) prize money of up to $200 can be won. Take advantage of this event to get off of zoom and connect with something you care about, or just to leave a message for your neighbors.
Free chalk pastel materials will be distributed for all interested.
This event is open to all ages, no art background necessary. Students, faculty, kids, clubs, businesses are all encouraged to participate. In a club? This is an opportunity to show new prospective students what you are all about. Or advertise what your business is doing to support the community. Highlight a social cause you care about. Individuals or groups are welcome to participate.
Emma Tracy, a recent CED graduate, continues to be inspired by activist artwork while she researches equitable expansion of renewable energy, and looks for opportunities to further explore work in water resources. Natalie Musick is a recent graduate of UC Berkeley passionate about how the arts can be used to strengthen communities.
- Individuals or groups in the cities of Berkeley or Oakland may enter the competition. Organizations/businesses may register to participate as a group.
- Participants under 18 will need to submit a guardian consent form with their registration.
- **Only artists living in the city of Berkeley or adjacent zip codes (94608, 94609, 94618) are eligible for complimentary supplies.**
- The minimum size of the plot is 4 ft. x 4 ft.. There is no maximum size limit. Size of the work does not play a factor in judging.
- Art can be original or a replica, as long as the original work is credited. If the original work was created by a living artist, written permission to replicate the art must be obtained before the street painting will be approved.
- No profanity or uncouth nudity, explicit violence, or weapons in paintings. They must be family-friendly.
- Festival participants must upload progress shots at least once per day of work on the painting, from start to end of the painting. Progress shots at the end of each painting session and time-lapse progress videos are preferred, however the progress shots do not factor into the judging
- While our focus is on community, we are awarding prizes to winners for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for each of the three categories (racial justice, connection, and environment). These will be chosen by the panel of judges once all street paintings have been completed after August 25th. The prize money for each category is the following: 1st ($200), 2nd ($100), 3rd ($75)