Norfolk’s first official arts district, the NEON District, is home to a new wave of passion and creativity in downtown. NEON, or New Energy Of Norfolk, draws from the neighborhood’s history with the automobile industry as it moves into a new and vibrant future. Long time cultural institutions like the Chrysler Museum of Art and Harrison Opera House anchor the District while new art venues like Glass Wheel Studio and Work|Release provide artists a place to make, create and show.
Norfolk is home to the Virginia Stage Company, Hampton Roads' only professional theatre company, the Virgina Opera, the Virginia Symphony, which presents a series of Classics, Pops and Family concerts each year, Broadway at Chrysler Hall and the historic Attucks Theater.
Within a few short blocks you can see a muralist at work, take in an improv comedy performance at Push Comedy Club, watch a live glass-working demonstration, shop for unique home goods, get a tattoo or dine out at an eclectic restaurant. The neighborhood is fast transforming into the place to be.
Virginia Arts Festival has transformed the cultural scene in southeastern Virginia. The Festival has presented numerous U.S. and regional premieres, and regularly commissions new works of music, dance, and theater from some of today’s most influential composers, choreographers and playwrights. The Festival’s arts education programs reach tens of thousands of area schoolchildren each year through student matinees, in-school performances, artists’ residencies, master classes and demonstrations.
Norfolk Public Art commissions artists to create unique artwork in neighborhoods, downtown, gateways and transition and connection points throughout Norfolk. Artistic excellence, diversity and balance; diversity of artistic styles, balance of work by local, national and international artists, balance of artwork by emerging artists as well as those with established reputations and a balance of iconic and neighborhood-friendly artwork.