NEON District Committees

The NEON neighborhood is fueled by passionate community members, businesses, organizations and residents who volunteer their time, energy and expertise on the NEON District Committee. Meeting on the first Wednesday of the month at 5:30pm at varying locations throughout the district, the NEON District Committee celebrates and advocates for neighborhood improvements, safety, economic vitality, community events and public art. With the management and forward momentum of NEON falling under the umbrella of the Downtown Norfolk Council, the Committee is chaired by a sitting DNC Board of Directors member. The meeting is open to the NEON community. 

There is no better way to become actively involved in the neighborhood than to attend a monthly NEON District Committee meeting and join one of our four active subcommittees. Want to be notified of upcoming meetings?

Events Sub-Committee

Meeting during the NEON Festival planning season, the Events Sub-Committee is the powerhouse behind great events like the annual NEON Festival, Plot Clean Up Days and the NEON Holiday Market. Composed of talented entertainers, performing arts institutions and event planners, this sub-committee activates and energizes the NEON for the entire community. If you love promoting events, scouting local talent or just pouring beer for happy festival-goers, then the Events Sub-Committee is your dream volunteer gig. Email for more information.

Public Art Sub-Committee

Are you an artist, art educator or avid art aficionado? Love getting messy at community art events or promoting public art open calls with your network of fabulous artists? Then, the Public Art Sub-Committee wants you. Meeting the fourth Tuesday of the month at 5:30pm, the group is made up of local artists, curators, educators and art-loving NEON neighbors. 

Members of the sub-committee administer the NEON District’s Public Art Grant Program, publish open calls, hand-pick mural designs, work with property owners, curate local art exhibitions and oversee maintenance of more than 120 works of art in the district. With those creative responsibilities, the sub-committee strives to equitably represent the artistic community of Norfolk and each year to add to that representation. Each selection process is dedicated to a mindful and inclusive perspective in search of artwork with exceptional merit. Email for more information.

Infrastructure and Business Sub-Committees

Led by staff at the Downtown Norfolk Council, these sub-committees tirelessly advocate for improvements and maintenance to the neighborhood’s infrastructure. They also lobby City officials for economic and tax incentives to bring more art-minded businesses to the district. This team also facilitates community meetings where NEON residents and businesses can participate in the planning stages of any new developments and neighborhood infrastructure projects. Click here to be notified of upcoming community meetings.