• 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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Gourmandizing NEON

Matthew McGuiness and Governor’s School for the Arts Students, 2022 The Governor’s School for the Arts hosted a series of workshops with London-based artist Matthew McGuiness for six weeks in the spring of 2022 working with visual arts students to research the theme, “A History of Lunchtime in Norfolk”. In these workshops, Matthew and the Gourmandizing NEON

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My Standards

My Standards by Larry Bage is a 7’ tall one-eyed tomcat made of recycled breaker boxes, a light pole and other found metals. The 3-dimensional feline appeared one night in the tradition of other 2-dimensional graffiti aerosol art and now prowls the NEON looking for fun.  

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Hats, Music and Technology

Inspired by longtime hat retailer Stark & Legum, artist Clyde Santana and Norfolk State University students created a mural paying homage to the Harlem Renaissance, Cubism and men’s changing fashions.

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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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