• October 20th - 21st, 2022

    Join us for the 7th Annual NEON Festival

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  • November 1st - 3rd, 2022

    Get your tickets for Mighty Dream Forum

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  • New this fall!

    Check out the latest and greatest NEON murals

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Public Art

Wander through the neighborhood and discover tiny art happenings, large-scale murals and pops of neon color and light. From works by nationally celebrated visual artists like Esteban del Valle and HENSE, to local heroes like Clayton Singleton and Victoria Weiss, to the world-renowned Chrysler Museum of Art, come see the new energy of Norfolk on display.

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Solidarity

Aimee Bruce’s Solidarity, inspired by George Orwell’s Animal Farm, relates to our overall political situation regarding the events and setbacks that have taken place. Similar to the animals banding together to support the shed, we the people must also combine efforts to transcend the boundaries that keep us from progressing to a viable future.

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Black Lives More Than Matter

Norfolk artists Nicole Harp and Clayton Singleton feel that they have a great responsibility as citizens and are honored to use visual arts in the fight for equality and all forms of justice; especially those affecting Black, indigenous, and people of color. No life matters until Black Lives Matter. As artists, they are compelled to Black Lives More Than Matter

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Widow’s Walk

Depicting a woman waiting for her Viking sailor to come home, this graphic and fantastical mural is a collaboration between Richmond street and comic book artists Mickael Broth and James Callahan.

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Map

Navigate your way through the NEON with this map of all businesses, murals, eateries, and attractions.

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From our blog and art opportunities, to press on the district and our monthly newsletter — get caught up on all things NEON.

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10.10.22 // Art Opportunity

Call for Artists: NEON Stars

The NEON District will be lit this season! At the gateway into Downtown Norfolk, the NEON District often provides the first glimpse of city lights, historic buildings and bustling streets to visitors. One or more new artists will be selected to refresh the District’s creative holiday décor this fall. The NEON Stars adds to the Call for Artists: NEON Stars

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10.04.22 // Blog

Tips from the Experts: How to Win a Public Art Call

How does public art happen? Rarely is art in the public sphere an act of spontaneous inspiration.For a piece of public art to become a reality, it typically takes months of planning, and multiple meetings of stakeholders with varied interests, including property owners, funding sources, community and civic organizations and, ultimately, the artist her or Tips from the Experts: How to Win a Public Art Call

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10.04.22 // Blog

Reasons to Be Excited for the Bright Future of the NEON District

Three Reasons to Be Excited for the Bright Future of the NEON District This October brings with it the seventh NEON Festival, marking seven years of murals, performances, new local businesses, and creative people being creative in the neighborhood that will go down as the first arts district in Hampton Roads.  More than half a Reasons to Be Excited for the Bright Future of the NEON District

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09.01.22 // Monthly Newsletter

September 2022

Only a few short weeks away, the 7th Annual NEON Festival is the NEON District’s yearly coming out party. You can expect live music, dance, pop up galleries, food trucks and more on Thursday October 20 and Friday, October 21. Presented by Arts Alliance and Old Dominion University, the festival brings more than 5,000 visitors to the neighborhood for can’t miss entertainment.

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