NORFOLK, Va. – (June 2018) – The NEON District is hosting the next round of public art projects to be completed in time for the 4th Annual NEON Festival on October 18 and 19, 2018. The projects are in partnership with the NEON District’s unique neighborhood businesses, showcasing the wide range of community involvement. The NEON Festival always drives new partnerships and new art projects to the district. Every public art project is an opportunity to build a new relationship between artists, businesses and community volunteers.
There are three new opportunities for artist submissions:
· Jhane’s Sweet Lounge facade, 731 Granby Street · Retail Alliance garage, corner of Addison Street and Moseley Lane · Urban Discovery Ministries shed, 121 E. Virginia Beach Boulevard
“Where Diversity Connects” is the motto of Jhane’s Sweet Lounge on Granby Street. Artists are asked to submit designs that illustrate the themes of diversity, unity and the inclusive, social nature of Jhane’s. Designs with unique, abstract designs and bold, bright colors are preferred. The mural will cover Jhane’s façade (440 SF) and comes with a $4000 stipend for materials and supplies. This project must be completed by August 1, 2018.
Since 1903, Retail Alliance has been a trusted resource for the success of local businesses. Buying local is more than just a mantra. By choosing local and independent businesses for services, shopping, dining and other needs, you not only get real value and personal service, you help build community, strengthen the local economy and shape our regional character. For this project, artists are asked to submit designs that celebrate what makes Hampton Roads so unique and what you love about living and doing business here. Artists are encouraged to visit the Be a Local LoveVA app for more inspiration: Unified Reward System for Local Shoppers – Be A Local Business LoveVA. Artists must propose and complete a painted design that will wrap around all four sides of the garage located on the corner of Addison Street and Moseley Lane near Retail Alliance (1,024 SF). The project has a stipend of up to $3,000 for materials and supplies. This project must be completed by October 1, 2018.
Urban Discovery Ministries (UDM) is a missions organization based on the tenets of discipleship, family, integrity and globalism. UDM’s CURT Center in the NEON District, at the corner of Virginia Beach Boulevard and Monticello Avenue, creates welcoming churches in high poverty communities to empower people of low-income backgrounds. Its staff and congregation mobilize people of African descent for international careers as vanguard leaders of a diverse and racially-united pioneering force.
UDM hosts an annual summer camp for middle-school-age children from diverse backgrounds. For this mural, UDM asks that an artist with experience teaching children submit designs that will be executed with the help of the summer camp students. Designs that honor the international mission, diversity and family-friendly atmosphere of the church are preferred. Designs that are religious in nature are permitted. Artists must enjoy instructing and leading children in creative activities. Artists must propose and complete a painted design that will wrap around all four sides of the utility shed located in the CURT Center’s parking lot off Moseley Lane (320 SF). This project must be completed by August 1, 2018and comes with a stipend of $1,000 for materials and supplies.
The open call went live Friday, June 1, and submissions are due by Friday, June 22, 2018 for a selection process by the NEON District Public Art Committee. Artists will be announced in July with work to be completed over the summer. For more information and to apply, visit https://neondistrict.submittable.com/submit.
Norfolk’s first official arts district, NEON (New Energy of Norfolk), is home to long-time cultural institutions like the Chrysler Museum of Art and Harrison Opera House as well as studio-based ventures like d’Art Center and the Rutter Family Art Foundation, all providing artists a place to make, create and show. Within a few short blocks you can see a muralist at work, take in an improv comedy performance at Push Comedy Theater, watch a live glass-working demonstration, shop for unique home goods, get a tattoo or dine out at an eclectic restaurant. Learn more at www.NEONNFK.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @neonnfk.