Closed Due to Covid-19; Little Italy Madonnari Arts Festival Postponed to 2021

We miss our Germano’s extended family of visual and performing artists, patrons, neighbors, friends. To ensure your continued safety, the restaurant will remain closed until the virus is contained. Please continue to stay in touch with us through our FaceBook posts, where we share cabaret and jazz jam session memories and posts from our creative community, and join us at our monthly virtual Open Mics organized by Master Cabaret Artist, Mary Reilly mreilly117@aol.com. Below is the text of the press release postponing the Little Italy Madonnari Arts Festival.


Little Italy Madonnari Arts Festival Postponed to 2021

August 4, 2020 (Baltimore)Given the concerns expressed by public health officials regarding the current level of infectiousness and the anticipated surge in Covid-19 infections, Little Italy Neighborhood Association and Baltimore Jazz Alliance have announced that the Little Italy Madonnari Arts Festival will be postponed until next September 2021.During the hiatus, the organizers of the Little Italy Madonnari Festival will refocus their efforts on the creation of a permanent mural and gallery dedicated to the art of the Madonnari. Painted in the style of the Renaissance artists, the mural will adorn the front of the Madonnari Gallery located at 227 Slemmers Alley facing President Street; this Gallery will be the first of its kind in the United States and only the second outside of Italy.Little Italy and the art of the Madonnari can be enjoyed by residents from a safe distance and virtually until it is safe to gather in person again. Work on the mural began this week.  Artist Michael Kirby is the author of the mural which incorporates classical and contemporary elements and is intended to express the best instincts of humanity. The mural will serve as an entranceway to Little Italy and a permanent promotion of the Festival. The mural is funded by grants from Maryland State Arts Council and SouthEast CDC.A video is being produced that will follow the progress of the mural and present interviews regarding the Festival and the community’s commitment to culture and the arts. The video will be available for viewing on the Little Italy Madonnari Arts Festival website.The Little Italy Madonnari Arts Festival is an annual 3-day cultural event that showcases elaborate chalk paintings created by artists directly on the streets of Little Italy. The free outdoor chalk festival includes live music, street performers, participatory art, an art market and al fresco dining in a celebration of the contemporary renaissance of Baltimore’s historic Italian neighborhood.For additional information, contact Cyd Wolf, Executive Producer of the Festival. (410)967-5441 cyd@littleitalymadonnari.com

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