The public is welcome to participate in a creative crosswalk painting event today, Saturday April 14, from 10am-2pm at on Parks Avenue in Virginia Beach.
A total of 3 crosswalks will be painted by local artists and the public at the intersections of Parks and 21st Street and Parks and 22nd Street. This location was selected to highlight the West boundary of the district which also acts as a gateway to oceanfront traffic to and from Route 264. These public artworks create a sense of place and arrival within the arts district. This will be the fifth artist-led community-painted creative crosswalk event in the ViBe Creative District since 2016; all have been sponsored by grants from the Virginia Beach Office of Cultural Affairs, Virginia Beach Arts & Humanities Commission, Virginia Commission for the Arts and the Business Consortium for Arts Support. The City of Virginia Beach authorizes each event.
The three artists will sketch the design onto the pavement on Parks Avenue from 8-10am, and the public are welcome to assist the artists in painting the designs onto the pavement between the hours of 10am and 2pm. All ages are welcome—no experience necessary. Finally, the artist will have from 2-4pm for touch ups and allow for drying time from 4-8pm. Parks Avenue will be completely closed to vehicular traffic between 19th and 22nd Streets from 8am to 8pm; cross streets 21st and 22nd will remain open all day.
Free parking is available at The Runnymede Corporation 2101 Parks Avenue which is accessible from 21st and 22nd Streets.
Crosswalk designs by Meshay Bey (top) and Christopher Kozak (bottom) at Parks Avenue and 21st Streets.
Crosswalk designs by Devon Miller at Parks Avenue and 22nd Street.