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ViBe Creative District was established by a group of concerned individuals and local businesses to attract creative industries to a section of the Virginia Beach oceanfront area that desperately needed revitalizing.
In 2008, the Old Beach Farmers’ Market was established by volunteers to create a resort area farmers’ market selling healthy, local food to residents and visitors; promote family farms, watermen, and wineries; connect local sources to chefs, restaurateurs, and the public; and to revive an old-fashioned kind of shopping near the historic Old Beach District. These activities morphed into the ViBe Creative District, which incubated small vendors into brick and mortar stand-alone businesses and a collection of local artistic businesses. Then, in 2009, the Commonwealth of Virginia voted on legislation for arts districts.
In 2011, Andrew Fine, president of The Runnymede Corporation, and Laura Wood Habr, co-owner of Croc’s 19th Street Bistro, began collaborating on their vision to reinvigorate this once historic and now elapsed area. They began to organize with city staff and council members, local artists, and businesses. Both having businesses in this district and a shared passion for undertaking philanthropic projects, they created an organization to help guide the District to work with the City and a revolving loan program to assist budding creatives moving into the District. The ViBe District Virginia Beach became an official 501(c)(3) in November 2015, recognized by the IRS as a non-profit with the ability to accept tax-deductible contributions.
On April 21, 2015, the City of Virginia Beach established the boundary of the District by ordinance and declared it “an arts and cultural district and technology zone” with incentives established by the Virginia General Assembly in 2009. The ViBe Creative District’s purpose is to serve as a vibrant center for the arts, culture, and technology, and to support artists, technical, and creative businesses to help them flourish and cross-pollinate. The intent is to foster creativity where artisans live and work. It will also serve to provide an opportunity for a sense of discovery for visitors and residents, enhance the quality of life for citizens, and stimulate economic development and real estate values.
On June 13, 2016, the Friends of the Creative District (FCD) became an affiliate organization with a purpose to support the efforts of the District businesses and non-profit efforts. Created by creative business owner, Charles Powell, the Friends of the Creative District business association supports the mission of the nonprofit. Three members of the FCD sit on the ViBe non-profit Board to represent the businesses and arts within the District. Members of the FCD pay dues to have voting authority on decisions made within the group and a participation fee to be included on the ViBe website and social media marketing.
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To promote, support, connect, and inspire the arts and creative industries to boost our local economy, grow jobs, and enhance our quality of life.
To create and revive economic vibrancy in our neighborhood with a remarkable local vibe.
ViBe Non-profit Board
Dr. Amelia Ross-Hammond
LG Shaw, FCD
Lisa DeNoia, FCD
Betsy Hardy, FCD
Kate Pittman, Executive Director
Friends of the Creative District
Lisa DeNoia, 1701
Kevin Jamison, Commune
LG Shaw, Wave Riding Vehicles (WRV)
Betsy Hardy, Hardy’s – The Art of Jewelry
Kate Pittman, Executive Director