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Downtown Norfolk Council

January 2018 Newsletter

The NEON District’s Public Art Committee is pleased to announce an open call just for Hampton Roads artists. Two new projects are up for grabs this spring, with unique opportunities to display up to 5 creative designs in public if selected. The call opens Tuesday, January 30 and the deadline to apply is Friday, February 23. The following projects are available for submissions now:

  • Traffic Signal Box at Granby Street and Brambleton Avenue - original digital artwork reproduced on a vinyl wrap and installed on a 6’ high, four-sided traffic control cabinet loaned to the NEON District by the City of Norfolk 
  • Wayfinding Sign Inserts – original digital artwork reproduced on vinyl and inserted into double-sided windows of pedestrian signs on NEON sidewalks 

Happily, both projects will be available for renewal each year in the spring, creating another opportunity for local artists to share their work in Norfolk. Please click here for more details and the application. Apply now!


Upper Blush Survey

In 2017, the City of Norfolk's Public Art Commission was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant to create a public art piece in the NEON District to address Norfolk's continuing relationship with water. Artist Matthew Geller's swaying bench sculpture, Upper Blush, was revealed last fall during the third annual NEON Festival. Since then it has become a popular place for sitting and enjoying the neighborhood.

The Downtown Norfolk Council and Norfolk Arts are distributing the second part of a survey to gather data on the arts district, public art, and perceptions of the NEON now that the artwork is complete. All results will be used for further support from the NEA. Please take a few minutes of your time to complete the survey by February 23, 2018. You can answer the eight questions by clicking here.


Don't Miss These Upcoming Events

  • Tickle My Ears, Chrysler Museum of Art, February 1
  • Tap into Virginia Opera, Harrison Opera House, February 1
  • TruTV Impractical Jokers, Scope, February 1
  • Jack Goes Boating, Generic Theater at Chrysler Hall, February 1-February 18
  • Tyler Smilo, Bearded Bird Brewing, February 2
  • Enchanting Wearable Art Fashion Show, Chrysler Museum of Art, February 2
  • Date Night & Sketchmageddon!, Push Comedy Theater, February 2
  • Black History Month Gallery Talk, Chrysler Museum of Art, February 3
  • Whole Lotta Shakin’ - Swing To Rock, Chrysler Hall, February 3
  • Who Dunnit?, Push Comedy Theater, February 3
  • Super Bowl Yoga on Tap & Big Game Day Party, Bearded Bird Brewing, February 4
  • The Feldman Chamber Music Society: Chiara String Quartet, Chrysler Museum of Art, February 5
  • NEON District Committee Meeting, Retail Alliance, February 7
  • Shen Yun, Chrysler Hall, February 7-8
  • Flaming Heart Date Night, Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, February 8
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Harrison Opera House, February 9, 11 & 13
  • Engravers’ Mug Club, Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, February 10
  • Multiple Reflections, Chrysler Museum of Art, February 10
  • Hearts, Hops, and Valentines, Bearded Bird Brewing, February 10
  • Good Talk: The Brad McMurran Show, Push Comedy Theater, February 11
  • Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters, Chrysler Hall, February 12
  • Queen of Hearts Drag Show, Bearded Bird Brewing, February 14
  • Third Thursday, Chrysler Museum of Art, February 15
  • With Love Group Exhibition, Commonwealth Tattoo Gallery, February 17
  • Scope on Ice, Scope, February 18
  • Storytelling Night: Intuition, Push Comedy Theater, February 18
  • Norfolk Forum: John Brennan, Chrysler Hall, February 20
  • Rhythm Live! 2018, Harrison Opera House, February 23
  • CMA On Screen: Hidden Figures, Chrysler Museum of Art, February 24
  • Classics from Chopin and Brahms, Chrysler Hall, February 24
  • Afternoon Tango, Chrysler Museum of Art, February 25
  • The Art of Yoga, Chrysler Museum of Art, Tuesdays in February

For more events in and around the NEON District click here.


Recent Publicity

People with Alzheimer's Disease Create Glass Art, The Virginian-Pilot

Weekend Events in Norfolk Mix Good Times and Good Causes, The Virginian-Pilot

NFK Yo’self: The Best Selfie Spots in Downtown Norfolk, AltDaily

Norfolk's d'Art Center Is Alive with Creatures, AltDaily

Glass Wheel Studio Quietly Exits the NEON, with Lots of Noise About What’s Next, AltDaily

Norfolk, Virginia: One of 2018’s Hottest Destinations, Wander with Wonder

What You Need to Know about Les Miserables Norfolk Return, The Virginian-Pilot

When Jack Goes Boating in Norfolk, You Should Go to the Theater, The Virginian-Pilot

NFK Farm Market Grand Opening this Weekend, AltDaily

WHRO Invites You to Dress Up and Party as Your Favorite PBS Personage, The Virginian-Pilot

NASA Langley Celebrates 100 Years through Photos at Chrysler Museum, Coastal Virginia Magazine

Local Review: Jack Goes Boating at Generic Theater, AltDaily

Les Misérables Production in Norfolk Keeps Region's Love Affair with Musical Alive, The Virginian-Pilot



Property Updates

Some welcome news reached downtown and NEON resident ears this month: farm to table restaurant Commune is now partnering with Pungo institution New Earth Farm to sell fresh produce and other local ingredients on site. The new farmer’s market is a permanent addition inside Commune’s front space, built out with shelves and refrigeration for all the delicious food produced by New Earth and other regional farms. The market is open during Commune’s regular business hours, 8 am to 3 pm Monday through Thursday and 8 am to 4 pm Friday through Sunday.  

A few things to note in the upcoming month: Potential new restaurant Culture’s special exception hearing was pushed back to February 22; Sanctuary, another new restaurant in the NEON, is nearing completion and should open this spring; and, for 6 to 8 weeks, streetlights on Granby Street between Brambleton and Olney will be dark while Dominion Energy prepares for construction of three new arch lights in the block. Good things are on the way!


Recently in the NEON District

Art Exhibits and Performances

Picturing Innovation: The First 100 Years at NASA Langley, Chrysler Museum of Art

In the Box: Elena Damiani’s Dust Tail, Chrysler Museum of Art

Root and Flower, Chrysler Museum of Art

Gifts in Honor of Jefferson Harrison, Chrysler Museum of Art

Multiple Modernisms, Chrysler Museum of Art

It’s Alive, d’Art Center

Exposed, Commune

Les Misérables, Chrysler Hall

The Girl of the Golden West, Harrison Opera House

Jack Goes Boating, Generic Theater at Chrysler Hall


New Year's Day Yoga, Bearded Bird Brewing, January 1

Auditions: Panties in a Twist VII, Push Comedy Theater, January 4-7

It’s Alive Opening Reception, d’Art Center, January 11

Girl-Prov & Teacher’s Pet, Push Comedy Theater, January 12

Jack Goes Boating, Generic Theater at Chrysler Hall, January 12-February 18

René Lalique, Artistic Genius and Talented Industrialist, Chrysler Museum of Art, January 13

Who Dunnit? & Second Saturday Stand-Up, Push Comedy Theater, January 13

Good Talk: The Brad McMurran Show, Push Comedy Theater, January 14

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Harrison Opera House, January 18

Exposed Opening Night, Commune, January 19

Monocle & On the House Presents, Push Comedy Theater, January 19

Intro to Glassblowing: NASA Edition, Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, January 20

NFK Farm Market Grand Opening, Commune, January 20

VSO: A Roman Holiday, Chrysler Hall, January 20

Couples Therapy & Improvageddon, Push Comedy Theater, January 20

Storytelling Night: Smell, Push Comedy Theater, January 21

Scope on Ice, Scope, January 21

Les Misérables, Chrysler Hall, January 23-28

Norfolk Society of Arts Lecture: Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., Chrysler Museum of Art, January 24

A Pint with Chase Walden, Bearded Bird Brewing, January 24

Harold Night & The Improv Riot, Push Comedy Theater, January 26

WHRO Murder Mystery + WHRO Prom, Push Comedy Theater, January 27

Afternoon Tango, Chrysler Museum of Art, January 28


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