May 24, 2021

Virginia Beach Seeking Artists to Create Installations at Sports Center Complex

​Attention artists! The Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs Department, in partnership with the Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, seeks to commission a professional artist to create a series of sculptures that will be placed on the grounds outside of the new Virginia Beach Sports Center.

These vibrant installations will be a welcoming beacon to the Sports Center, as well as a gateway to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront and ViBe Creative District.

Virginia Beach is looking to commission pieces that are family friendly, will be the source of countless, exciting "selfie" moments to engage residents and visitors alike, and will be highly visible both day and night! Artists should keep in mind that this is a very highly trafficked location, and hosts many different types of guests, including student athletes, families, residents, game day attendees and local pedestrian traffic.

The sculptural installations will be placed at four designated sites along the 17th Street and Jefferson Avenue sides of the Sports Center complex. Interested artists can view installation options and examples in the application at the link below.

To apply:

  • Fill out and submit all required forms by July 2, 2021 at 5 p.m.
  • Please email any questions to

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With 285,000 square feet of space, including 12 basketball courts, 24 volleyball courts, a 200 meter, hydraulically banked track, seating for 5,000 spectators and more, there's so much to discover at our new Sports Center. The new venue is located across the street from the Virginia Beach Convention Center and just steps away from local shops, restaurants, and attractions, including the beautiful boardwalk and beaches of the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. The Sports Center's convertible courts and multifunctional spaces make the site the first of its kind on the East Coast not housed on a college or university campus. Its positioning within a day's drive of two-thirds of the United States adds to the City's demand as a year- round destination of choice. This next generation venue is where athletes and fans will create memories and welcomed experiences that last well beyond the game. The purpose is to support sports tourism which has an impact to local hotels, business, restaurants, and Virginia Beach citizens.

Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, the official destination marketing organization for the city of Virginia Beach, is a municipal organization whose mission is to promote the coastal city as a year-round destination for domestic and international leisure travel, business travel, conventions, sports and special events. Virginia Beach, one of Virginia's most populous cities, resides where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean and is comprised of seven unique districts: Sandbridge, Chesapeake Bay, Town Center, Pungo, Oceanfront, ViBe Creative District and Inland. For all there is to see and do in Virginia Beach, follow Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau on Facebook and Instagram @VisitVaBeach and on Twitter @VisitVaBch, or go to

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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