Call for Artists and Sponsors for Via Colori in September

April 4, 2007

Via Colori®, a street painting festival, will be held Saturday, September 8 through Sunday, September 9, 2007 at Goodale Park in Columbus. The festival showcases more than 150 artists, professional and amateur, who paint original masterpieces in a pastel medium on the streets. These artists, funded by sponsors, volunteer their time and talent to support Columbus Childrens Hospital, the beneficiary of this years event. Artists, sponsors and volunteers are needed and welcomed to register.

Columbus artist, Hani Hara, is the featured artist of Via Colori 2007. Gourmet food, continuous live entertainment, childrens activities and a Saturday night Street Party are scheduled during this late summer weekend at Goodale Park.

The two-day event is free to the public. Funds will be raised through sponsorships and merchandise sales.

Festivities are slated for 11 a.m. 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. 6 p.m. Sunday.

To register as an artist, volunteer or sponsor for Via Colori 2007

For additional information contact Katelyn Burkholder, Childrens Hospital, at (614) 722-2985 or

About Via Colori
Via Colori is the modern-day practice of a centuries-old tradition. Originally popularized by Italian war veterans of the early Renaissance who painted religious icons on the courtyards of the great cathedrals, today it is practiced in festivals worldwide.

In 2003, Columbus I-670 The Cap, was the first location in Ohio to begin hosting the annual Via Colori festival, which was founded in 1994 in Naples, Florida. In 2003, more than 50,000 guests came to see over 150 images created on the freeway.

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.5 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at