Participants can register to paint a masterpiece alone or with a friend. For a modest registration fee (local and regional sponsors help keep the cost affordable for all), participants receive an assigned 5 foot by 5 foot square on the street, and an event bag containing all the supplies needed to paint: a primary color water based tempera paint set plus black and white, one narrow brush for lining and one wide brush for filling, chalk for sketching, cups, stirrers and instructions for mixing colors, a logo T-shirt (a new logo is developed each year), and giveaway goodies from sponsors. Pre-registration is advised with a deadline approximately one day before the event. Registrations at a slightly higher fee are accepted the day of the event and during the event as “walk-ons”. All registrations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.
Three music venues and food courts provide the perfect accompaniment to the painting. Entertainment spans the day from noon into the evening with music chosen to support the visual arts activities. Both professional and amateur musicians perform and a wide variety of music styles and rhythms are featured to encourage an appreciation for the diversity of the arts. In addition, street performers ensure that no matter where the painters are, they are within eye and earshot of music, a magician, balloon artist or other entertainers. When the painting is finished the music continues under the stars and provides the backdrop for dancing and strolling the street to admire the artwork.
The next day the streets are again blocked to vehicular traffic to allow art lovers to safely stroll the street and view the finished art.
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.
We offer registration purchases online, in person, or by mail.
Please purchase your squares online or at city hall by 4:00 PM, Thursday, September 14, 2017.
Registrations by mail must be received no later than Thursday, September 14th, 2017.
Early bird pricing thru Thursday, September 14th is $13.00 per square in person or by mail.
Early bird pricing thru Thursday, September 14th is $14.71 per square online.
Registrations will not be accepted Friday, September 15th in person or online.
On Saturday, September 16th, (day of the event) you may purchase squares at the drive next to the American Legion – 306 East Main on a first come first serve basis. Pricing per square is $18.00 per square. Registration opens at 12 PM.
You can “request” a section to be in (please see for square layout). We try our best to accommodate everyone, but please note that early registration is important to “request” a specific area. This is a first come first request basis.
Multiple participants must register together to reserve adjacent squares.
Squares purchased for multiple names will need to be picked up under the purchasers’ name.
Only one t-shirt and bag of supplies per each purchased square.
Choose 1 option below
City of Morrison
200 West Main Street
Morrison, IL 61270
P.O. Box 45
Morrison, IL 61270
See more information on the left.
5×5 ft square
paint – primary colors & blk & white
instructions on mixing
plate for mixing
water basin located near squares
free giveaway goodies
Things to bring
(These things are optional)