Paint the Town attracts an audience in excess of 6,000 visitors annually who come to paint
and view the art. Community, friends, family and visitors enjoy this unique outdoor gallery for months
as they stroll the street until the art fades leaving the canvas ready for next year.

How It Works



Participants can register to paint a masterpiece alone or with a friend. For a modest registration fee…



Music venues and food courts provide the perfect accompaniment to the painting the streets. Entertainment spans…



The next day the streets are again blocked to vehicular traffic to allow art lovers to safely stroll the street…

About Us

Over the last 20 years we have had so many fun memories! 
Here is some information about Paint the Town & the CAPA organization

All about Paint the Town

For one Saturday, each September, Morrison’s downtown is transformed into an outdoor canvas for hundreds of amateur artists of all ages who gather to Paint the Town. The Children’s Art Preservation Association created this unique family art event as a way for the community to participate in the arts together, as families and individuals. The focus of the event is the painting of five- foot squares on and around Morrison’s Main Street. The number of squares painted has grown steadily since the event’s debut in 1994, when 250 squares were painted, to more than 1,800 squares by more than 2,000 children, families and individuals during Paint the Town 2013. More than 6,000 attend the event annually to enjoy the painting, variety of entertainment, and great food. To celebrate its 24th season, the 2018 event will offer 2,000 squares for painting; each a frame and canvas ready to receive the original work of these artists.

Stats over the years

1994 squares painted (250)

2012 squares painted (1,710)

6,000 attendees each year

2,000 squares in 2017

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Our Mission

Founded in 1993, the Children’s Art Preservation Association (CAPA) exists to serve both young artists and the community. The board is made up of local educators and citizens who believe that children deserve recognition and encouragement for their creative work in the visual arts.

To provide this recognition CAPA, as a not for profit organization, devotes it’s resources to preserving and displaying the art of Children in the Morrison community, sponsors activities that promote and encourage participation in the visual arts, supports the work of local artists and partners with local schools to create programs that expand opportunities for instruction and appreciation of the visual arts. All of CAPA’s goals, events and programs are designed to add new artistic dimension and enrich the life of the community. All proceeds from events are directed back into the community in support of this mission.

CAPA has been recognized by the Illinois Alliance for Art Education for it’s development of Paint the Town and supported by grants from the Illinois Arts Council. Paint the Town has also been featured in the National Main Street Program’s publication on notable festivals and events, and Quad City Public Television Station, WQPT’s weekly journal, Living in Iowa.


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Sponsorship Levels

We continue to support our area art programs, award art scholarships, and purchase needed…


2017 Sponsors

See a list tof all of our current sponsors.
All sponsorship donations to Paint the Town are tax deductible.

Contact Us

We would love to hear from you!

Contact Info

For more information on CAPA or Paint the Town, you may contact:
Email Us • 815.772.2670
CAPA • P.O. Box 45, Morrison, IL 61270

The City of Morrison • 815.772.7657
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