ABOUT US

Our Mission

To promote, support, connect, and inspire the arts and creative industries to boost our local economy, grow jobs, and enhance our quality of life.

Our Vision

To create and revive economic vibrancy in our neighborhood with a remarkable local vibe.

Our History

ViBe History Timeline

2008

Old Beach Farmers’ Market was established.

Old Beach Farmers’ Market was established.

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..Read More

2009

The Commonwealth of Virginia voted on legislation for arts districts.

The Commonwealth of Virginia voted on legislation for arts districts.

In 2009, the Commonwealth of Virginia voted on legislation for arts districts.

2011

Andrew Fine and Laura Wood Habr began collaborating on their vision to reinvigorate this once historic and now elapsed area.

Andrew Fine and Laura Wood Habr began collaborating on their vision to reinvigorate this once historic and now elapsed area.

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..Read More

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.”

The City of Virginia Beach established the boundary of the District by ordinance and declared it “an arts and cultural district and technology zone.”

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..Read More

2015

The ViBe District Virginia Beach became an official 501(c)(3).

The ViBe District Virginia Beach became an official 501(c)(3).

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.

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.

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.

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...Read More

GO BEYOND THE BOARDWALK. CREATE THE VIBE.

merrick mccabe
TowneBank

 

dr. amelia ross-hammond
Retired Professor
robin brickell
Fiber Artist
anne wright
Writer
charles powell
Details Interiors

 

lawrence steingold
Woodway Management, LLC
derrick borte
Film Director

 

jerry davis
Davis Ad Agency
NADINE PANICCIA
VSA Resorts

 

jeremy maloney
Altruistic Design
BILL GAMBRELL
Tautogs

 

dee oliver
Author
kate pittman
Executive Director

lisa denoia
president

1701, Fathom Coffee, and Port & Starboard

kevin jamison
past-president

Commune

lg shaw
vice president

Wave Riding Vehicles (WRV)

betsy hardy
treasurer

The Art of Jewelry

kate pittman
secretary

Executive Director