Sam Torres and Shannon Rasmussen
Artists Rick and Rachel Betz
Program: Youth in Arts Italian Street Painting Festival
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Italian Street Painting Festival
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Our annual celebration of art, music and cuisine in downtown San Rafael
Sam Torres and Shannon Rasmussen
Here are some lovely photos of our Pamela Levine Arts Education Leadership Award at the closing day of Youth in Arts Italian Street Painting Festival in June. San Rafael Mayor Al Boro declared Sunday June 13 as “Joan Capurro Day” in honor of the award. Joan Capurro graciously donated back the $1000 award to Youth in Arts. For more information on Joan’s contributions go here
The 17th Annual Youth in Arts Italian Street Painting Festival is complete and the streets have already been repaved. We are extremely grateful to all the street painters, performers, volunteers and sponsors who donated their time so generously to make the event possible and raise funds for Youth in Arts programs for children.This year we had everything from a pizza dough tossing contest to a wedding proposal via street painting (congrats, Sam and Shannon!) Not to mention so much incredible artwork to contemplate and celebrate!
We’ll be posting photos from our photo team as soon as they come in. Meanwhile, we invite you to post your own snaps here. Or send us a link to your web gallery (just make sure you correctly identify the event as the Youth in Arts Italian Street Painting Festival on your site).
Here’s some incredible time lapse photography by street painter Rikki Dy-Liacco and teammates.
Enjoy–and thanks again for all your support!
Are you planning to come to the Festival? Jump on over to our Bella Terra 2010 pages and get all the information you need to plan a visit–directions, entertainment schedules and special previews of some of the art work that will be created over the weekend.
Are you one of our amazing artists? Check out our Who’s Painting page and make sure we have your weblink up, so visitors can see your year-round work. And artists and performers can all grab the Festival 2010 button for your own sites and blogs, to help get folks there to see you in action!
It’s going to be a great Festival weekend–we’re looking forward to chalking up another one and can’t wait to see you there!
Vice President & Director of Community Relations of the Bank of Marin, Joan Capurro been selected to receive the third annual Pamela Levine Arts Education Leadership Award. This award recognizes exceptional accomplishments in arts education in Marin County, in memory of the dedication and commitment of Youth in Arts’ former Executive Director Pamela Levine. The $1000 award, will be presented during a main-stage ceremony on Sunday, June 13, at Youth in Arts’ annual Italian Street Painting Festival in San Rafael.
In her capacity as Vice President of Bank of Marin, Joan Capurro was part of the original group that provided seed money for Youth in Arts to get off the ground and helped to support the beginning of the Italian Street Painting Festival. Joan has been a longtime supporter of the arts in Marin, in addition to Youth in Arts she has supported The San Anselmo Art Festival, California Film Institute, Art Works Downtown, to name a few.
Joan Capurro’s 40+ years of banking experience and community dedication, combined with her vivacious nature make her a valuable asset to the entire community. She began her career as a bookkeeper and outgoing bank teller and ultimately advanced to branch manager. Joan joined Bank of Marin as one of their first employees in 1990 as manager of the newly opened San Rafael office. Currently, she is Vice President and Director of Community Relations at Bank of Marin.
As Director of Community Relations, Joan supports the Bank’s mission to “positively impact the communities in which we operate through a combination of human and financial contributions.” Joan manages Bank of Marin’s community contributions, reviewing hundreds of requests a year, and ultimately donating to approximately 250 non-profit organizations each year.
Joan actively recruits and coordinates the volunteer efforts of close to 200 Bank of Marin employees, who collectively volunteer over 6,000 hours each year. (Joan herself volunteers hundreds of hours a year!) She also serves as a community resource to countless individuals and non-profit groups, offering advice on fundraising, volunteer recruitment, and grant sources, and provides numerous networking opportunities for her many contacts. Joan’s countless hours of volunteering with local nonprofits include not only Youth in Arts, but also the Salvation Army, Marin County School Volunteers, Center for Volunteer and Non-profit Leadership, Work Force Investment Board, and College of Marin. Joining a prestigious group of women in our community, Joan was inducted into the Marin Women’s Hall of Fame in 2010.
Students and teachers were introduced to the art of Italian Street Painting on Friday. Madonnara Lisa Jones led the two-hour workshop meant to introduce Marin Catholic High School to this wonderful artform.
Lisa explained the history of Italian street painting, and the Youth in Arts Italian Street Painting Festival, and also talked about her own years of Street Painting throughout the country.
We then headed out to the street where we practiced using the tools of the trade and experimented with a variety of techniques. Click to continue »
Shopping for gifts? How about our brand new book Faces of the Renaissance: 2009 Youth in Arts Italian Street Painting Festival at blurb.com? We’ve assembled a book showcasing the entire 2009 Festival (we think we’ve got at least a glimpse of every single square!) The book is indexed by sponsor and artist, and all purchases benefit Youth in Arts’ programs for Marin students.
Blurb.com is a print on demand service that will deliver your hard cover book straight to you (or a gift recipient). Preview the book online and buy your copy today–a great gift, but hurry! Holiday shipping deadlines are coming up very soon!
Youth in Arts Mentor Artist Evan Bissell will be teaching art to middle schoolers at MLK Middle School and Willow Creek Academy. Students will have weekly art classes in a variety of media, from drawing and painting, through sculpture and New Media. Evan will also be teaching studio art to the Middle Schoolers twice a week in the Twilight After School Program.
Evan is proficient in many mediums but specializes in painting and drawing as public art. Evan graduated from Wesleyan University in 2005 with a BA in Ethnic Studies and Painting and is a long time participant of Youth in Arts’ Italian Street Painting Festival. Evan has facilitated projects throughout the Bay Area, focusing on community building and individually inspired art-making.
Did your little artists create a masterpiece on Children’s Avenue at the 2009 Youth in Arts Italian Street Painting Festival? Then, it’s likely to be up online at kidstreetart.com. Many thanks to incoming Youth in Arts Board President Peter Rodgers of Montara Creative for leading the effort to photo-document all the work by our littlest madonnari (Italian for street painters)!