La Bella Strada: An Italian Street Painting Festival 2018 Call to Artists

By Editorial Team on March 6, 2018

Deadline: Fri, 20 April 2018

Photo Credit: Leslie Duss, Photographer. Susie Carmichael, Artist.
Deadline: April 20, 2018

This third annual street painting festival, La Bella Strada, takes place along Mt. Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, VA throughout the day on Saturday, May 12, 2018. The festival brings artists, energetic volunteers, and local businesses together to enliven the neighborhood with vibrant colors, crowd-drawing masterpieces, and a one-of-a-kind experience of witnessing the creation of large-scale chalk paintings directly on the sidewalks. Artists are the stars of the show. The people come to see the artists, and that is what this event is all about. It’s about the creative process and the artistic merit and value of creating a painting. And it’s about spectators becoming a part of the creative process.

See photos from last year:


  • Prang Freart Drawing Chalk for designing the squares.
  • Artist Happy Hour, details TBD.
  • Publicity on event Facebook page, website and in event program.

Entry fee: Free

Who Can Apply: Open to all Washington area artists

Participating artist’s must submit samples of work for consideration, headshot, and short bio to

For questions, write to