The Norfolk Public Art Program, partnered with the Downtown Norfolk Council, will receive $75,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” Awards.
The grant will be put toward an upcoming project, “Art and Rising Tides,” which will commission a public artist to partner with urban planners, architects and community partners to create environmental art in the Norfolk Arts District.
According to a press release from the City of Norfolk, the project will investigate parcel-specific solutions to rising tides and flooding challenges, which are inherent to a shoreline community. It will also investigate meaningful and aesthetically pleasing designs to sustain livability, preserve the environment and develop economic vitality of our shoreline community. The goal of the project is, through artistic expression, to strengthen the infrastructure and encourage preparedness for living in a flood-prone region.
“We are very proud of Norfolk’s Public Art Program and the recognition it has received from the National Endowment of the Arts,” said Dr. Theresa Whibley, Norfolk City Councilwoman. “Under the leadership of Karen Rudd, our Public Art Program has touched every corner of the city with unique, diverse, educational and interactive art from local, national and international artists. Norfolk appreciates its partnership with the Downtown Norfolk Council and we looked forward to adding “Art and Rising Tide” to the Art District, incorporating coastal resiliency which Norfolk is taking a leadership role.”
Norfolk’s application was one of 69 Our Town grants awarded, chosen from 275 applications. Grant amounts ranged from $25,000 to $200,000.