Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs is Seeking Artists for Multiple Projects

Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs is Seeking Artists for Multiple Projects
April 15, 2021

Attention artists! The Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs Department and City partners want your help with multiple community-based public art projects! Read on for details on each project and how to apply.

"Brushworks: A Community of One" Call to Teaching Artists
The Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs Department, in partnership with the Department of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation, has created Brushworks, a public art program at the Housing Resource Center (HRC) located at 104 N. Witchduck Road in Virginia Beach. This pilot program will create opportunities for community members experiencing homelessness to work with professional artists in the creation of public art murals around the city. The mission of this pilot program is to incorporate socially impactful public art thoughtfully into public space.

Cultural Affairs is looking to engage an artist, with community and/or teaching experience, who will create a mural design and work with targeted community members in all aspects of the mural creation, from concept development, to project and time management, painting techniques and installation. The commissioned artist will receive relevant training by HRC staff to promote a healthy and safe working environment for both the hired participants and the artist. Because this is a pilot program, the selected artist will work closely with the Brushworks team in creating best practices for future projects.

To Apply:
For details and a link to the Request for Proposal (RFP) visit
https://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/cultural-affairs/PublicArt/Pages/Artist-Opportunities.aspx

  • Fill out and submit forms by May 7, 2021 at 5 p.m.
  • Please email questions to NGoodale@vbgov.com.

Neighborhood Utility Boxes Call to Teaching Artists
Inspired by similar projects around the country and expanding on the success of the Utility Art Wrapped Boxes in the ViBe Creative District, Cultural Affairs is looking to take this program around the City of Virginia Beach. The art wrapped utility boxes will provide selected neighborhoods a sense of identity and serve to activate the selected areas supporting walkable neighborhoods connected by community inspired art.

In partnership with the Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Visual Arts Department, a local artist will closely work with students to create original artwork based on common themes such as: Community Dreams, This is Me!, How My City Moves, etc. The theme will be decided by the collaboration between the artist and the selected schools.

To Apply:
For details and a link to the Request for Proposal (RFP) visit
https://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/cultural-affairs/PublicArt/Pages/Artist-Opportunities.aspx

  • Fill out and submit forms by May 7, 2021 at 5 p.m.
  • Please email questions to NGoodale@vbgov.com.

Woodstock Skate Park Murals Call to Artists
The City of Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs Department and the Parks & Recreation Department are looking for an artist to create a series of five murals on the upper level of the City's newest skate park, which will be prominently debuted during the Woodstock Skate Park opening on June 16, 2021. Skate parks provide a place for our skate community of all ages to express themselves while also accommodating all "wheeled" sports, including push scooters, bikes and rollerblades. The mural series should reflect the style and energy of the skateboarding lifestyle.

To Apply:
For details and a link to the Request for Proposal (RFP) visit
https://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/cultural-affairs/PublicArt/Pages/Artist-Opportunities.aspx

  • Fill out and submit forms by May 7, 2021 at 5 p.m.
  • Please email questions to NGoodale@vbgov.com.

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ABOUT THE CITY OF VIRGINIA BEACH CULTURAL AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT:
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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