Community Heroes Posters

Student-created posters celebrating local African American Heroes

During the 2018 holiday season, the public was challenged to be on the lookout for the new public art installation, “Community Heroes.” The City of Virginia Beach Office of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the African American Cultural Center of Virginia Beach presented this interactive exhibition featuring portraits of 17 African American Heroes from Virginia Beach. Posters were displayed across Hampton Roads in guerrilla art style -- on the walls of local businesses, libraries, schools and other select locations.

The expansive poster exhibit was meant to catch people unexpectedly in the course of their day-to-day routines, but there was also a map highlighting the poster locations that the public can use to locate all 17 heroes. When you find a poster, you can scan its QR code with your smartphone to get more information on the hero, plus information about the artists. The community heroes include educators, community advocates, war heroes, actors and more.

The artists behind this project are students. Under the direction of local art instructors, Jessica Van Veenhuyzen (Cox High School), Richard Nickel (Old Dominion University) and Christopher Revels (Young Audiences of Virginia) local high school students worked in teams to create the posters. They selected and researched a local hero,  created a linocut portrait, and wrote the heroes’ biographies that are found with the QR code.

Use this map to find the Community Heroes Posters