The Most Inspiring Art Scenes in America

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Fun fact: The first RVA Street Art Festival took place on the Canal Walk in 2012.

Another fun fact: We love the arts! How could we not? Downtown Richmond is home to the Arts District, a stretch of Broad and surrounding streets that has over 15 different galleries and monthly First Friday Art Walks that celebrate the creativity of our city.

If that wasn’t enough, downtown Richmond is also home to over 35 murals, the brand-new Institute of Contemporary Art at VCU, the Richmond Ballet, the Richmond Symphony and events like our own Friday Cheers, Folk Festival and 2nd Street Festival.

While the arts scene stretches and grows across the region, its home is downtown. And our home of Arts & Culture is one that is diverse, abundant and thriving!

Find the tour for you in our list of "13 essential tours to take downtown"!

Best American Cities for Creatives

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explore the entire Arts District on our Downtown Map!

The 17 Lesser-Known Cities You Should Visit To See Street Art

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Richmond Murals

What started as a way to bring people together has turned into one of RVA's main attractions. After only seven short years, Richmond is at 100 murals and counting, has had over 50 national and international artists and a new coffee table book that documents the street art explosion RVA has seen and immortalizes this creative movement throughout the city.

Make sure to plan your visit to downtown Richmond to see these murals for yourself, take advantage of the photo opp and hit all of the art destinations in between!

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Find RVA Murals Downtown!

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Image Credit: Girls in front of Charm School Mural - The Pretty Team

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Image Credit: "#1 Most Artistic Mid-Sized Cities in America" - Dave Parrish Photography