Norfolk Continues Growing Public Art with NEON Festival

Residents of Norfolk are about to get another reminder of the growing arts district. The 2nd Annual NEON Festival will use the downtown area as a canvas for Norfolk’s public art scene.

Partners from around the NEON District and the Downtown Norfolk Council are putting on the four-day celebration. In its first year the event drew over 4,000 people. Music, theatrical performances, guided mural tours and a beer garden are just a part of the festivities.

The Chrysler Museum is involved with two exhibitions that open during the festival. One exhibit will feature the work of Norfolk-born artist Brian Bress at the museum. While – Work | Release, the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, Glass Wheel Studio and the Rutter Family Art Foundation – have collaborated to feature the work of artist Sarah Blood at the venue on Granby Street.

Below, the featured artists and organizers talk about the event and what it means to the city of Norfolk.

The 2nd Annual NEON Festival Schedule:

  • Third Thursday at the Chrysler Museum and Glass Studio, 5 – 10 p.m.
  • The Plot Beer Garden and entertainment Friday and Saturday evening, 5 – 9 p.m.
  • Neon art sculpture Seep NFK reveal Friday at 9 p.m.
  • NEON Family Day with puppets, storytelling, crafts and games Sunday, 12 – 5 p.m.