Via Colori: Painting the streets for a good cause

The streets of downtown Houston were decorated by 200 chalk artists at the Via Colori street painting festival November 19-20, 2011. The event benefits the Center for Hearing and Speech (Kristy Gillentine)

November 18, 2012 9:20:21 AM PST
More than 200 artists have taken over downtown Houston this weekend in an effort to raise money for deaf children.

The seventh annual Via Colori street painting festival kicked off Saturday and continues today. It's the only street painting festival in Texas.

For two days, artists transform their own portions of Hermann Square at Houston City Hall into works of art. The event also offers live music and activities as well as a chance to get an up close and personal view of one-of-a-kind artwork.

Via Colori is expected to draw 25,000 people and raise more than $400,000 for The Center for Hearing and Speech -- a nonprofit that teaches children with hearing impairments different necessary skills.

We sat down with the executive director of The Center for Hearing and Speech, Renee Davis, to learn more about this year's event and the organizations it benefits. Click here to watch our interview with Davis.

Admission is free. For more information, visit

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