FESTA!’s Gesso Italiano (Italian Chalk)

In 2015 the GESSO ITALIANO theme is Balboa Park.  In recognition of the park’s centennial, we celebrate all things related to Balboa Park.  Chalk artists are invited to create an 8′ x 8′ tribute piece, depicting an element of Balboa Park’s rich history, cultural institutions or architecture. There are so many artistic directions artists may choose from…possibilities are limitless.

For Festa 2015, we will have some hotel accommodations available for out of town artists.  Priority for hotel accommodations will be based on level of expertise, with expert artists getting highest priority.  Hopefully we can accommodate everyone who needs a room, we will certainly attempt to do so.  Typically hotel rooming lists are finalized a few weeks before the festival and at that time, we will send out confirmations.

As a participant, you will receive:

  • Event T-Shirt;
  • Simple breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday;
  • Snacks available throughout the day;
  • Water available throughout the day;
  • Designated free parking; and
  • Chalk will be available for your use as well.

The attached application is a “fillable pdf”.   Please fill it in, save it with a file name that indicates your name, and after you save it you can email it back to us, or print and send it.  Note that you will need to save the document with a new name or the fields will appear blank.  PLEASE NOTE THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS SEPTEMBER 8, 2015.

Please feel free to pass this along to fellow chalk artists. We would love to make a very strong showing this year in San Diego for the 21th Anniversary of FESTA.

We love our chalk artists, and our team of staff and volunteers works hard to ensure that you are welcomed and comfortable during the event.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.


Gesso Italiano Team (info@littleitalyfestasd.com)


Download the cover letter and application.