The NEON Festival returns to Norfolk’s arts district this fall for its sophomore year.
Thursday to Sunday, September 15-18, NEON will host live music, theatrical performances, guided mural tours, public art unveilings, a beer garden at the Plot and programming from our arts and culture neighbors.
Last year, the NEON Festival celebrated the creation of more than twenty public art pieces. The range of new art in the district was amazingly diverse: painted triangles on city sidewalks, a brightly colored fence, intricate neon installations, giant murals and, of course, a huge kaleidoscope cement mixer. So what’s on the table for this year? It’s up to you.
Ways to start creating public art in the NEON:
1. Apply to the Public Art Program offered through the Downtown Norfolk Council. There are micro-grants available to artists and larger grants for property owners. You need a mural design, a location and permission from the property owner to be eligible. If you want to have a project or mural completed by The NEON Festival applications are due by August 8, 2016. Applications will be reviewed by the NEON District Art Committee.
2. Sign up to lead a community art project in NEON on Saturday, August 20. We will be painting a fence, yarn bombing and jazzing up the meter poles. Team leaders should be comfortable directing volunteers and will be responsible for the project’s completion. This is a volunteer position. Email email@example.com with your project preference. Deadline is August 8.
3. Take an art wheatpaste workshop hosted by The Governor’s School for the Arts in the Origin Gallery at MacArthur Center August 27. Local artist Alan Jelercic will lead you in producing large scale paper works of art and then install in the NEON District September 10 as part of a collaborative composition. Good for artists new to the public art world. Registration will be posted in August. $35. Reach out to the artist here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Create art and sell your works during the NEON Festival. There will be designated areas for artists to sell canvases or sculpture. Want to work live for the festival audience? You can do that too. Tables and tents will not be provided. Fill out the online application and let us know what you create. Deadline is August 1.
5. The events team is seeking an artist to create an interactive and engaging art project with the community live at the Plot during the Festival. The artist should propose an idea that requires participation from the public. Send a proposal with budget, material requirements and a rendering to email@example.com. Deadline is August 8.
For more on the NEON Festival 2016, here is the event on Facebook.