April 7, 2022

Cultural Affairs Announces 2022 Virginia Beach Public Art Tour Schedule

​Continuing its successful series of public art tours and sketch crawls, the Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs Department is excited to announce a full 2022 season of FREE public art fun!

Are you ready to get out and draw Virginia Beach Public Art and get your own free sketchbook kit? Then #SecondSaturday Sketch Crawls are for you. The series kicks off Saturday, April 9, at 1 p.m. with a tour of the Virginia Beach resort area. Starting at Neptune's Park, 3001 Atlantic Ave., guests will have the chance to explore public art along the boardwalk.

Persons of all ages and artistic abilities are welcome to join. Sketching supplies are limited, so guests are encouraged to arrive early. All sketch crawls begin with a brief overview of the history of each area and a tour, then it is off to the drawing board. Other locations for #SecondSaturday Sketch Crawls include the ViBe Creative District, Virginia Beach Town Center, historic Kempsville, and more.

In addition to the Saturday Public Art events, Cultural Affairs will also resume the late afternoon/early evening #ThirdThursday Public Art Tours. Starting with an Earth Day-themed tour on Thursday, April 21, at 4 p.m. outside the Brock Environmental Center, 3663 Marlin Bay Drive, residents and visitors will have the chance to take free tours of the City's Public Art and surrounding areas. The full schedule of #SecondSaturday Sketch Crawls and #ThirdThursday Art Walks is posted at vbpublicart.org. Events will also be posted on the Virginia Beach Arts Facebook page.

Guests are asked to register in advance. To RSVP for each event, or to ask any questions, please email Nina Goodale, Public Art and Placemaking coordinator for the Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs Department, at ngoodale@vbgov.com. When you RSVP, please indicate how many people will be in your party.

The Cultural Affairs Department engages residents and visitors through meaningful arts, heritage, and cultural experiences to connect and strengthen communities. The Department assists and directs the Virginia Beach Arts & Humanities Commission, coordinates the City's Public Art Program, oversees Virginia Beach History Museums, provides contract management for the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, serves as the liaison with Virginia MOCA and the ViBe Creative District, and serves as a resource to local arts and humanities organizations.


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