Via Las Vegas
Via Las Vegas was created by Melanie and Remco Van Latum who decided their city was missing out on something really special. After years of painting and creating for festivals, and helping introduce street painting to countries around the world, they wanted to so the same here in Las Vegas…An incredible arts event that is free to the public and showcases local, national, and international street artists as well as engaging the public. So, they created Via Las Vegas Street Painting Festival as a non-profit event that will give back to Clark County’s young artists.
One of our special features, in addition to the 50 – 100 street artists creating masterpieces in chalk on the streets of Tivoli, is a an “Art for All Wall” that will be a space for people with special needs to be creative and participate along side professional artists. Via Bambino, sure to be our most popular festival destination with family fun activities, is an area where kids can chalk their own masterpieces.
3D Trick Eye Experience powered by We Talk Chalk
In 2012, Melanie & Remco founded a 3D street painting company called We Talk Chalk. Since it’s inception they have created over 800 paintings for clients around the world. Melanie has been street painting since 1998 and has been awarded Maestra Madonnara status in Italy’s International street painting competition.
Art For All – powered by Opportunity Village
Via Las Vegas is proud to partner with Opportunity Village on our very special ‘Art-For-All’ wall – a safe place for the differently abled to create. Lead by Opportunity Village artists, this wall will be painted as a permanent mural over our two day event. You can come and watch the art come to life before your eyes.
Art is proven to strengthen focus and hand-eye coordination, enhance memory and cognitive abilities. It relieves stress, boosts self esteem, and helps encourage creative thinking and overall healthy brain activity. In other words, it’s therapeutic and it’s fun! So we want to make sure everyone has access to it. Whether you are watching, engaging, posing, or creating, we want visitors to come and be a part of our Art Making Weekend.
Work from O.V.’s Fine Art Program will be available for purchase at Via Las Vegas – including paintings, 2D and 3D projects with polymer clay, glass mosaics and fiber arts. The Fine Art Program is the largest, most progressive fine arts program available in Nevada. The best part is, each artist receives a commission from their artwork when sold.
Tivoli Wall Takeover
Tivoli Wall Takeover
We are doing a Wall Takeover! While artists are painting the streets with stunning chalk masterpieces, we will also have some incredible vertical works. Via Las Vegas will be painting spectacular murals LIVE!! We are going to have some spectacular instagrammable moments.
Via Las Vegas will definitely have activities for kids. In fact, we have an entire area called ‘Via Bambino’ dedicated to young and impressionable minds just waiting to be inspired. Children and families can chalk their own masterpieces, play games in the Tivoli kids park, have their faces painted like Venetian masks, and much more!!
In our inaugural year, we would like to extend an invitation to local high school students to participate.
Participating in Via Alievo gives local high school students a chance to showcase their work alongside more then 150 artists from Las Vegas and across the U.S. and gives the community a chance to applaud and cultivate it’s up and coming young talent. Interested in joining as a high school team? Click here to submit your application.