March 30, 2021

Join Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs for Free Public Art Tours Starting April 10

Continuing on the successful series of public art tours and sketch crawls that debuted in fadl 2020, the Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs Department is excited to announce a full 2021 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 Second Saturday Sketch Crawls are for you! The Sketch Crawls kick off Saturday, April 10 at 1 p.m. with a tour of the ViBe Creative District, starting at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), working through the murals at the heart of the District and ending at the City of Virginia Beach's latest public art masterpiece, "Barreled," located at the corner of 17th Street and Pacific Avenue.

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 Second Saturday Sketch Crawls include the Pleasure House Point area, Virginia Beach Town Center, the Virginia Beach Boardwalk and more!

In addition to the Saturday Public Art events, Cultural Affairs will also resume Third Thursday Public Art Tours. Starting at Lake Lawson/Lake Smith Natural Area, home of "Parallel Migrations XXV," at 4 p.m. on Earth Day, April 22, residents and visitors will have the chance to take FREE tours of the City's Public Art and surrounding areas.

"We are thrilled to invite our community back out to enjoy the full richness of our City through public art," said Nina Goodale, Public Art and Placemaking Coordinator for the Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs Department. "Whether you're a serious sketcher, amateur artist, wanting to discover the hidden treasures of Virginia Beach or simply want to get out for a walk and see some spectacular public art, there's something for you. There may even be some surprises that pop up during certain tours, so stay tuned!"

The full schedule of Second Saturday Sketch Crawls and Third Thursday Art Walks is posted at and at Virginia Beach Arts on Facebook. In order to RSVP for each event, or to ask any questions, please email When you RSVP, please indicate how many people will be in your party. Events will incorporate all applicable federal, state and local COVID-19 safety guidelines.


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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