Marin nonprofit aims to revive street painting festival

Jul 18, 2019 414


San Rafael’s revered Italian street painting festival took a hiatus this year, but a new nonprofit has announced plans to revive the event, making it bigger than before. “Street painting is always going to be the focal point,” said Kevin Marlatt, executive director of the festival. “But we want to expand upon it and do some other things within the creative realm.” That includes putting on youth showcases of fine art, photography and performance “to just make it a bigger event,” Marlatt said.

The event was founded in 1994 and presented by Youth in Arts, a San Rafael nonprofit. Most recently it was presented by the EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases, a national nonprofit organization. That group relocated its headquarters from Marin to Washington, D.C., and no longer could support the festival.

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