The Art and Rising Tides project continues a community process that began with charrettes and pioneering establishments. Through this NEA grant, the project will investigate parcel-specific solutions to rising tides and flooding challenges. It will investigate meaningful and aesthetically beautifully designed interventions to sustain livability, preserve the environment and develop economic vitality of our shoreline community. Through artistic expressions we will strengthen the infrastructure and preparedness of a low-lying coastal region for the flooding challenges we face today and moving forward.
“We are very proud of Norfolk’s Public Art Program and the recognition it has received from the National Endowment of the Arts,” said Dr. Theresa Whibley, Norfolk City Councilwoman. “Under the leadership of Karen Rudd, our Public Art Program has touched every corner of the city with unique, diverse, educational and interactive art from local, national and international artists. Norfolk appreciates its partnership with the Downtown Norfolk Council and we looked forward to adding “Art and Rising Tide” to the Art District, incorporating coastal resiliency which Norfolk is taking a leadership role.”
The Downtown Norfolk Council is the primary partner for this grant award. The City will also collaborative with Work Program Architects, AltDaily and The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk Housing and Redevelopment, Alchemy, Chrysler Museum of Art, Hurrah Players, Downtown Norfolk Civic League, Naval Station Norfolk Public Affairs Office, Wetlands Watch, City of Norfolk Resiliency Office and 801 Condo Association.
The Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core.Since the program’s inception in 2011 and including these projects, the NEA will have awarded 325 Our Town grants totaling almost $26 million in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.
“The City of Norfolk demonstrates the best in creative community development and whose work will have a valuable impact on its community,” said National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu. “Through Our Town funding, arts organizations continue to spark vitality that support neighborhoods and public spaces, enhancing a sense of place for residents and visitors alike.”