How it Began
In November 2015, a group of local business owners and civic leaders hosted an inaugural community event that welcomed the City of Virginia Beach Mayor, Councilmembers and Cultural Affairs Office to paint on the fence of the 18th Street Parklet space as a symbol of the grassroots, artistic efforts in the newly formed arts district.
Well-regarded artist and community arts advocate Ed Trask from Richmond led a paint-by-number mural activity that was open to any participant, child or adult, to illustrate the inclusive and welcoming nature of public art projects. The project quickly drew the attention of art students, amateur and professional artists who have filled the entire visible fence with art. In 2020, the community fence mural project expanded into the new Mediterranean Avenue Parklet and Butterfly Garden.