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 150 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!
The inaugural RVA Street Art Festival took place April 14, 2012, and brought together more than a dozen national street artists, who created an outdoor gallery along Richmond’s James River Power Plant Building and Riverfront Canal Walk. The artists created gigantic works of art in the form of 18' x 32' murals, which are still on display today!
The goal was to show the creative power of street art, liven up public spaces throughout the city and attract people and tourists to the outdoor art gallery, as well as showcase the Canal Walk and Shockoe neighborhood.
The festival was produced by Ed Trask and Jon Baliles, in association with Venture Richmond and Altria. The artists are listed on the official website. As of mid-August, the 2020 RVA Street Art Festival is still set for September 25-27 and will take on its largest canvas yet: the Floodwall at Dock Street in Shockoe Bottom!
Mending Walls is a public art project that brings together public artists from different cultures and backgrounds to create murals that address where we are now in society and how we can move forward through understanding and collaboration. Mending Walls pairs up artists of different backgrounds to create unique connections and give them an opportunity to tell their story collaboratively in an effort to express healing through connection. In this moment, we all are searching for more understanding and this project hopes to serve as a tool that will fuel connection through storytelling. The hope of Mending Walls RVA is to bring about healing through public art while adding meaningful conversation to the Black Lives Matter Movement.
Interested in donating your wall, buying merchandise to support Mending Walls, or follow along with the project? Visit the Mending Walls RVA website for more information!
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