Jun 24 2022


All Day


Art Event/Opportunity

Call for Artists: ViBe Story Exchange


“Somebody Had to Do Something”

There comes a point in every wrangle when a move has to be made. Courage mustered; skills deployed; a decision made. We want to hear your stories of when moments of tension, debate, or pressure brought you or someone you know right up to a moment of action: somebody had to do something.


Join a group of local creatives eager to engage in conversations about life. Event producers will welcome everyone, give a quick lay of the land and then introduce the writer and artist, who will each share their creations. Guided discussion takes place and the participants Q & A is welcomed. A social will immediately follow each event.


Writers Application

Writers: share your stories of the what, how, who and when somebody in your life, or perhaps yourself, was kicked into gear; activated; inspired.

Artists Application

Fine and performing artists please apply ready to create a new piece based on the story that you are paired with.

If you have questions, please email Upon selecting artists and writers, the Story Exchange will share selected stories with the artists to initiate the collaboration of story-turned-art. Artists and writers must commit to attending their feature event and the collaborative final performance.


  • 8/4 -VB Oceanfront Library 5-6pm / Social immediately following at Lolly’s
  • 8/11 -VB Oceanfront Library 5-6pm / Social immediately following at Esoteric
  • 8/18 -VB Oceanfront Library 5-6pm / Social immediately following at Pink Dinghy
  • 8/25 -VB Oceanfront Library 5-6pm / Social immediately following at Vibrant Shore Brewing
  • 9/1 -VB Oceanfront Library 5-6pm / Social immediately following at Croc’s 19th St Bistro
  • 9/8 -VB Oceanfront Library 5-6pm / Social immediately following at Prosperity Kitchen & Bakery
  • 9/17- Final performance 2-5pm / exhibit for the 2nd annual Virginia Beach Literary Arts Festival

This project is supported in part by the Virginia Beach Arts & Humanities Commission Virginia Beach Arts and Virginia Commission for the Arts Virginia Commission for the Arts.


ViBe Story Exchange Founder – Sheena Jeffers:

In 2016, I had an idea. I wanted to start a storytelling project that takes hard stories and turns them into art in an effort to promote healing, discussion in people and spark activity within an emerging neighborhood (that I had just happened to purchase a house in). Story Exchange was born! The first years, I bankrolled the project, thinking I was Bill Gates or something! But artists helped me. Writers helped me. Everyone working for FAR LESS than they’re worth— and I hope to be able to repay that one day. But nobody helped me like the ViBe Creative District who gave me a home and support and, later, helped me write grants and fund the continuation and growth of this project.

This is the SIXTH season of Story Exchange! Now, there’s a budget to pay artists and authors, and now I even have a paid Event Producer, the fiercely smart, funny, previous regional producer of The Moth Hannah Wilson Sobol to help me! It has been a great great journey! It’s really just beginning.

VIBe Story Exchange Producer: Hannah Wilson Sobol

Hannah Wilson Sobol is currently a producer on Your Neighbor’s Hood Podcast, a place for uncomfortable culture conversations, and is the founder of Heard Productions, and Short Waves Audio Group. She holds an MFA in Acting from Brandeis University. Hannah has been an actor, a writer, a teacher, a documentarian, a producer for The Moth—but through it all has always held the idea that a good story can be a powerful unifier. Beyond that, she is a haphazard horticulturalist and a mother of two.


The last ViBe Story Exchange was virtual in 2020! Check out the artist pairings and information.