The ViBe Creative District nonprofit and the Story Exchange are partnering for a new series of events in 2018.
The partnership highlights the fine and performing arts being paired with the written word—a true arts & humanities collaboration—featured around the theme of being a good neighbor. A call for stories from local writers is open now through December 15, 2017 asking: how can one be a good neighbor? What does it mean to have a positive impact on your neighborhood? How have you experienced friendship in your community? Or any broader interpretation of these examples may be used. Simultaneously, a call for artists will take place to find creative individuals who want to accept the challenge to interpret chosen stories—through fine art, spoken word, dance, theater, film or music.
ViBe Creative District will host artists and writers at six feature events at ViBe business partners in Spring 2018 on First Fridays and Second Saturdays—district-wide celebrations. A final collaborative performance featuring all six artists and writers is scheduled for First Friday in May 2018 on the new Maser performing arts stage located at the corner of 18th Street and Cypress Avenue.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS:
November 15, 2017: Call for artists and writers
December 15, 2017: Deadline for artists and writers to apply
January 1, 2018: Selected writers and artists notified
February 2, 2018: ViBe Story Exchange at Zero’s Subs (First Friday)
February 10, 2018: ViBe Story Exchange at Chesapeake Bay Distillery (Second Saturday)
March 2, 2018: ViBe Story Exchange at 1701(First Friday)
March 10, 2018: ViBe Story Exchange at WRV (Second Saturday)
April 6, 2018: ViBe Story Exchange at 17th Street Gallery (First Friday)
April 14. 2018: ViBe Story Exchange at Tenant E next to Esoteric (Second Saturday)
May 4, 2018: FINAL PERFORMANCE –ViBe Park on Maser Performing Arts Stage
“Story Exchange is so happy to be back where it started in the ViBe Creative District. It was originally imagined, planned and executed in Virginia Beach’s arts district where we saw artisans, restaurant owners and retail shops come together to promote storytelling, community and the arts. Now, with the help of the very neighborhood that kickstarted this idea, Story Exchange is stronger, bolder and ready to connects hearts, minds, language and the arts!” said Sheena Jeffers, Founder of Story Exchange.
“It’s a chance for local writers and artists to come together to create, and a chance for the Hampton Roads community to experience an impactful display of real-life stories transformed into art. We have seen Story Exchange impact the lives of the community, spark new friendships and rekindle old ones. There is power is storytelling, and there is power in the arts.”
ViBe Business Parters – Event Locations:
- Zero’s Subs located at 632 Virginia Beach Blvd (Feb 2– First Friday)
- Chesapeake Bay Distillery located at 427 Virginia Beach Blvd (Feb 10– 2nd Saturday)
- 1701 located at 1701 Baltic Avenue (Mar 2– First Friday)
- WRV located at 1900 Cypress Avenue (Mar 10– 2nd Saturday)
- 17th Street Marketplace located at 536 Virginia Beach Blvd (Apr 6– First Friday)
- Tenant E next to Esoteric located at 501 Virginia Beach Blvd (Apr 4– 2nd Saturday)
Submit your story today: ViBeStoryExchange@gmail.com.