The Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs Department in partnership with the Department of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation, have created Brushworks, a public art program at the Housing Resource Center (HRC) located at 104 N. Witchduck Road in Virginia Beach. This pilot program will create opportunities for community members experiencing homelessness to work with professional artists in the creation of public art murals around the city. The mission of this pilot program is to incorporate socially impactful public art thoughtfully into public space.
Cultural Affairs is looking to engage an artist, with community and/or teaching experience, who will create a mural design and work with our targeted community members in all aspects of the mural creation, from concept development, to project and time management, painting techniques and installation. The commissioned artist will receive relevant training by HRC staff to promote a healthy and safe working environment for both the hired participants and artist. Because this is a pilot program, the selected artist will work closely with the Brushworks team in creating best practices for future projects.