Norfolk's Creative Class Identifies a N.E.A.D.

07.04.12

The founders and editors of Hampton Roads' digital alternative press AltDaily submitted The NEAD (Norfolk Emerging Arts District) Project to Norfolk City Hall, and lit the first spark of many efforts to bring to fruition a vision of Norfolk's first official Arts District.

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A Better Block Comes to Town

04.12.13

The city of Norfolk commissioned Dallas-based urban planning firm Better Block to deliver a stretch of Granby Street just north of Brambleton Avenue from a dilapidated eyesore into a thriving arts destination. Over the course of four days, hundreds of volunteers came together to give visitors a vision of what the block could be, complete with galleries, murals, live performances, pop-up retail, food vendors and more. The event was a huge success, and served as the spark for the official commissioning of the Norfolk Arts District.

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Alchemy - An Underlying Current Charging Downtown Creativity

04.13.13

Alchemy NFK were one of the first anchors of the newly christened NEON to make a measurable contribution in shaping the District’s direction. They continue to be an inspiring and igniting force in furthering the Norfolk art community — from booking art shows and live performances, to organizing annual fundraisers and civic projects. If there’s something going on in the NEON, chances are they have a hand (or two) in it.

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Hurrah Players - This Arts District Welcomes Drama

01.10.14

Nationally renowned family theater troupe The Hurrah Players purchased the former Sutton Manufacturing building in 2014 and began work on reimagining the 12,000+ square foot space into a premier rehearsal studio for their ever growing educational program. Since opening, the group has developed a fully-outfitted creation workshop for performance scenery and props, and as the premier performing arts education center in the District, Hurrah have become active leaders in the cultural transformation of the community.

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Work | Release Charges The Pulse Of Downtown Entertainment

03.18.14

After purchasing the long vacant Texaco building, C. Arthur “Brother” Rutter III and his wife Meredith aimed to turn Work | Release into not only the premier art and entertainment destination in the District - but in the region as well. Now a staple for downtown nightlife, patrons of all ages and interests can admire one of the revolving exhibits while sipping on a nice chianti or quirky cocktail, enjoy appetizing lunch fare for business or pleasure, or get down to notable and national DJ’s and bands every weekend. Whatever your niche, there’s a night for you.

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KickStart Norfolk does what it says it's gonna do

04.01.14

Alchemy NFK and The Pushers Comedy Group came together for “Kickstart Norfolk,” an online-only fundraising effort that featured live music, comedy, demonstrations and art. With the help of local advertising agency Sway Creative Labs (and a few promised pies to the face), the pair of NEON District businesses collectively raised over $20,000 with one of the country’s first “web-a-thons.”

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Nick Kuszyk’s Massive Mural Blows the District Away

04.14.14

Based on the so-called “dazzle patterns” painted on battleships during World War I to make them more difficult to target, Kuszyk’s mural on the side of Bob’s Gun Shop immediately becomes a brilliantly colorful and electric beacon in the District.

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The Duck Does the District

05.07.14

Florentijn Hofman’s “Rubber Duck” drifted down the Hague in the spring of ‘14 to commemorate the grand re-opening of the Chrysler Museum of Art. The 10x11x13 meter inflatable work of art had brought smiles and selfies to Sydney, Hong Kong, Osaka, Sao Paulo and other host cities before landing in Norfolk. Nearly 150,000 people found their way to duck and district — sadly, Ernie didn’t show.

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The Chrysler Museum of Art and its Glass Studio Turn Up The Heat

05.10.14

After renovations and an expansion totaling nearly $24 million, the Chrysler Museum of Art reopened its doors in 2014, complete with renovations, an extended gallery, and the addition of the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio. A collection spanning over 5,000 years of history, culture, and expression, the museum continues to inspire, excite and engage its visitors with a collection to rival even the world’s greatest collectors. The adjacent Glass Studio has the community 'fired up' over its interactive events and daily workshops, showing visitors the artistic process isn’t just about the final product - it’s about the experience.

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The PLOT thickens in the NEON District

06.14.14

With ground breaking on Downtown Norfolk’s new Hilton Hotel and Convention Center, its temporary park “The Plot” needed a new home. With the help of dozens of volunteers, the entire park (shipping containers included) was transplanted to the corner of Granby and Olney. It’s since become a central commonplace for the District’s creatives, encouraging buskers, impromptu performances and meetups.

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The Push Comedy Theater pushes the envelope

10.29.14

Founded by local comedy troupe The Pushers, the Push Comedy Theater plans to bring the best local and national comedy acts to the District. The 90 seat venue regularly hosts live sketch, improv and stand-up comedy while also offering instructional comedy and acting classes.

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The District’s cup Runneth over

04.05.15

A haven for coffee and creativity, Zeke’s Beans and Bowls with their eclectic brand of Hawaiian style poke bowls and local bean blends were a welcomed addition to the NEON District menu. A cozy spot fitted with vintage furniture, a dynamic collection of local artwork, and even a typewriter to leave a note behind for the next lucky patron - the spot is perfectly set to relax and sip or dine on some seriously fresh fare. The shop continues their tradition of bringing in exceptional artists to feature, and planning amazing events that bring together vendors, visitors and vagrants.

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The NEON Festival Lights A Fire

10.15.15

After months of preparation, The NEON Festival was a culmination of the hard work of numerous artists and volunteers. With dozens of public art pieces being simultaneously unveiled during the two-day event, the festival served as an unofficial “opening” of the District. Visitors were treated to a series of walking mural tours, live music and comedy performances, delectable local vendors, and plenty more from the creative community as it showcased its vision for the neighborhood.

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A Living Gallery Relocates To NEON

01.07.16

A staple of the Norfolk arts community for over 30 years, the d’Art Center relocated to the NEON in the beginning of 2016. This living and breathing art studio not only showcases work from local artists, but acts as an active studio space giving visitors a look into the heart of the work and artists they may already know as well as a marketplace for passersby to purchase the pieces created there.

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Granby Social Lives

04.30.16

The Granby Social Club opened its doors in April of 2016 with a focus on crafting a distinct environment for folks who want a little something different - and with more than a few options to choose from. 90-second street food, skeeball, a 52 foot lounge, billiards, DJ’s, and karaoke are just a bit of what’s in store for you behind the doors of the NEON’s newest addition.

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Powered by Public Art

Ongoing

With over 25 unique pieces currently lining the streets, alleyways, and nearly every hidden corner of the NEON - the living gallery is comprised of large, elaborate pieces and glowing details adorning cracks in the sidewalks. Inviting both local and national artists to enrich its empty wallspace, the area is a shining example for creative potential in a downtown area when fueled by its artistic community.

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NEON DISTRICT — NFK, VA

Norfolk's Emerging Art + Design District

The NEON District hopes to harness the new energy of Norfolk by providing local and touring artists and musicians a place to burn bright. Norfolk’s first official arts district has plenty of events to enjoy and opportunities to get involved. Check out the events calendar and volunteer board below to learn more.

Organica by Martie Negri Exhibition

@ Glass Wheel Studio, 128 W. Olney Rd., Norfolk, VA 23510 | 03.12.17 - 05.07.17

Negri is best known for works executed in the glass technique known as millefiori, or a thousand flowers. Organica will pair examples of her early vessel forms with a new body of work exploring dynamic compositions and forms inspired by nature.

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The Layered Up Invitational Exhibition

@ Glass Wheel Studio, 128 W. Olney Rd., Norfolk, VA 23510 | 03.12.17 - 05.07.17

Layered Up will highlight ten national and international contemporary artists who take traditional glass processes such as cane, murrine, reticello, and reverse-glass painting, to unique and visually stunning levels.

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The Improv Riot: The Short Form Improv Show

@ Push Comedy Theater, 763 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510 | 04.28.17 | 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Get ready for short form (Whose Line is it Anyway?) improv at the Push Comedy Theater. You demanded it! So now it’s here!!! Our very own short form improv show. All the fun of Whose Line is it Anyway… right here in Downtown Norfolk.

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Harold Night

@ Push Comedy Theater, 763 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510 | 04.28.17 | 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm

It starts with an audience suggestion, then improvisers weave together scenes, characters and group games to create a seamless piece. It can be bizarre and magical, baffling and amazing… it definitely needs to be seen.

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Paperweight Collectors Convention: Special Day of Demos

@ Chrysler Museum of Art, One Memorial Place, Norfolk, VA 23510 | 04.28.17 | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Paperweight Collectors Association holds its 2017 convention in Norfolk in partnership with the Chrysler Museum’s Perry Glass Studio, and we mark the occasion with a full afternoon of special demonstrations.

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Couples Therapy with Alan Johnson and the Alan Johnson Quintet

@ Push Comedy Theater, 763 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510 | 04.29.17 | 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Based on an audience suggestion, Sean and Brittany take you through a roller coaster ride of emotions as they whisk you the trials and tribulations of couple they create right before your eyes.

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Improvageddon: The Deadly Rite of Spring 2017!

@ Push Comedy Theater, 763 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510 | 04.29.17 | 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm

3 teams will be given just 15 minutes to perform any style of improv comedy they choose… all in a quest to be declared Improvageddon champ and raise the Hammer of Lowell in final victory.

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CMA on Screen: Midnight in Paris

@ Chrysler Museum of Art, One Memorial Place, Norfolk, VA 23510 | 04.29.17 | 1:00 pm - 2:40 pm

With The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec now on view, we present the award-winning 2011 movie Midnight in Paris in a free Kaufman Theater screening.

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Norfolk Society of Arts, Lecture and Centennial Celebration

@ Chrysler Museum of Art, One Memorial Place, Norfolk, VA 23510 | 05.01.17 | 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

The Norfolk Society of Arts concludes its 2016-17 lecture series with a noted speaker from England, holds it annual benefit lunch, and celebrates its 100th anniversary with a gift of art to the Museum.

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The Art of Yoga

@ Chrysler Museum of Art, One Memorial Place, Norfolk, VA 23510 | 05.02.17 | 8:45 am - 9:45 am

Have you ever tried the warrior pose in a room full of Baroque Paintings? Join our resident Yogi, Tenesha Bazemore, for yoga classes in a beautiful setting. Her teaching is appropriate for all skill levels.

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Special Gallery Talk: Pilchuck Prints

@ Chrysler Museum of Art, One Memorial Place, Norfolk, VA 23510 | 05.03.17 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Meet at the Welcome Desk in Huber Court Tuesday through Sunday for an informal guided tour of the Chrysler. In addition to our daily tours, this month we offer three special themed gallery talks.

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Tickle My Ears

@ Chrysler Museum of Art, One Memorial Place, Norfolk, VA 23510 | 05.04.17 | 10:30 am - 11:00 am

Introduce your preschooler to art. Join us for stories, songs and surprises in a program we call Tickle My Ears. This session is open to all families with preschool children.

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Tickle My Ears: Bring your group!

@ Chrysler Museum of Art, One Memorial Place, Norfolk, VA 23510 | 05.04.17 | 11:00 am - 11:30 am

Introduce your preschooler to art. Join us for stories, songs and surprises in a program we call Tickle My Ears. Groups of eight children or more should consider attending this session.

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Date Night: With Brad McMurran and Alba Woolard

@ Push Comedy Theater, 763 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510 | 05.05.17 | 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

We improvise your relationship. It’s the most fun you’ll ever have on date night! Two lucky couples will see their love unfold on stage through the interpretation of 2 of Hampton Roads’ wackiest improvisers!

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Sketchmageddon! The Ultimate Sketch Comedy Competition

@ Push Comedy Theater, 763 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510 | 05.05.17 | 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm

SKETCHMAGEDDON takes three groups and forces them to compete in an all-out comedy deathmatch! Each team will be given 15 minutes to dazzle you with their comedy prowess. It’s Saturday Night Live meets Thunderdome!!!!

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Mother’s Day Glass Studio Sale

@ Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, 745 Duke Street, Norfolk, VA 23510 | 05.06.17 - 05.07.17 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Our Glass Studio sales feature glass objects made by our talented Studio Team during daily demonstrations, as well as original pieces created by our Studio Assistants.

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A Propos De Toulouse-Lautrec

@ Chrysler Museum of Art, One Memorial Place, Norfolk, VA 23510 | 05.06.17 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Tour the great Post Impressionist’s posters and prints in this guided tour of our new exhibition, The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec, on loan from The Museum of Modern Art. This talk will be presented in French.

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The Art of Yoga

@ Chrysler Museum of Art, One Memorial Place, Norfolk, VA 23510 | 05.09.17 | 8:45 am - 9:45 am

Have you ever tried the warrior pose in a room full of Baroque Paintings? Join our resident Yogi, Tenesha Bazemore, for yoga classes in a beautiful setting. Her teaching is appropriate for all skill levels.

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The Music of Paris

@ Chrysler Museum of Art, One Memorial Place, Norfolk, VA 23510 | 05.11.17 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Enjoy a private look at The Paris of Toulous-Lautrec with music of the era. Join Chief Curator Lloyd DeWitt and award-winning violinist Seán Heely on a musical journey through the galleries of our latest blockbuster exhibition.

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Who Dunnit? The Improvised Murder Mystery

@ Push Comedy Theater, 763 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510 | 05.13.17 | 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

This show will have all the trappings of a thrilling mystery… a dastardly villain, shifty suspects and an intrepid detective, and it will all be made up on the spot!!! Don’t miss this exciting mystery, all based off the audience’s suggestion.

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Who Dunnit? The Improvised Murder Mystery

@ Push Comedy Theater, 763 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510 | 05.13.17 | 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

This show will have all the trappings of a thrilling mystery… a dastardly villain, shifty suspects and an intrepid detective, and it will all be made up on the spot!!! Don’t miss this exciting mystery, all based off the audience’s suggestion.

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The Improv Riot: The Short Form Improv Show

@ Push Comedy Theater, 763 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510 | 05.26.17 | 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Get ready for short form (Whose Line is it Anyway?) improv at the Push Comedy Theater. You demanded it! So now it’s here!!! Our very own short form improv show. All the fun of Whose Line is it Anyway… right here in Downtown Norfolk.

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Harold Night

@ Push Comedy Theater, 763 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510 | 05.26.17 | 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm

It starts with an audience suggestion, then improvisers weave together scenes, characters and group games to create a seamless piece. It can be bizarre and magical, baffling and amazing… it definitely needs to be seen.

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GAS Member Juried Exhibition Local Opening

@ Glass Wheel Studio, 128 W Olney Road, Norfolk, VA 23510 | 05.27.17 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Join us for the local preview of the 2017 Glass Art Society Member Juried Exhibition! This exhibition is designed to showcase the excellence and diversity of work created in glass by GAS members. Free & open to the public.

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Couples Therapy with Alan Johnson and the Alan Johnson Quintet

@ Push Comedy Theater, 763 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510 | 05.27.17 | 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Based on an audience suggestion, Sean and Brittany take you through a roller coaster ride of emotions as they whisk you the trials and tribulations of couple they create right before your eyes.

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Improvageddon: The Ultimate Improv Competition!

@ Push Comedy Theater, 763 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510 | 05.27.17 | 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm

3 teams will be given just 15 minutes to perform any style of improv comedy they choose… all in a quest to be declared Improvageddon champ and raise the Hammer of Lowell in final victory.

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Plot Work Day

@ The Plot, NE Corner of Granby St. & Olney Rd., Norfolk, VA 23510 | 04.29.17 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Spruce up the Plot for 2017! We need volunteers to help weed, plant and do some light maintenance in the NEON’s community space. Two shifts available on Saturday, April 29, from 10-12 and 12-2. Wear old clothes and bring a gardening tool and gloves. For more information, please contact kforbes@downtownnorfolk.org

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