- Jan 19 2022
- All Day
CALL FOR TEENS: Creative Crosswalks 2022
CALLING ALL TEENS
The ViBe Creative District is seeking creative crosswalk proposals from teens ages 16-18 to submit designs for murals painted on the roads in the district.
FOUR NEW DESIGNS NEEDED
The ViBe Creative District is planning to add 4 new painted crosswalks to the popular Creative Crosswalk program. The crosswalk painting events will be held in APRIL 2022 to be determined based on availability of chosen artists and road closures coordinated by the City of Virginia Beach. The locations for these specific crosswalks are on the North and South sides of the intersections at 17th Street and Baltic Avenue and 17th Street and Mediterranean Avenue. The colorful artworks create a sense of place and arrival within the arts district while emphasizing the walkability of the neighborhood.
Each artist may submit up to 2 designs. All designs must account for and include the white outlines of a traditional crosswalk as illustrated in the sample crosswalks below. Some overlapping of interior white lines may be permitted if it is pertinent to the design, however, the top and bottom lines may not be altered and must remain white. PDF or Image files only. Each file must be less than 10MB.
Artists selected will be asked to tweak designs to fit specific dimensions of crosswalk, depending on approved location with the City of Virginia Beach. Artists must be able to physically paint their design onto the roadway with the assistance of volunteers and community members.
TIMELINE FOR CALL TO ARTISTS:
—January 19: Publish Call to TEEN Artists
—February 19: Deadline for TEEN artists to submit artwork designs to ViBe Creative District nonprofit by midnight
—February 25: Designs reviewed and selected by City of Virginia Beach Public Art Committee; formal approval process with City of Virginia Beach
—March 1: Winning artists notified and paining dates determined
—April 4: Public announcement of selected artists’ design and dates for crosswalk painting events in April
TYPICAL TIMELINE FOR DAY OF CROSSWALK PAINTING: (ARTISTS MUST BE AVAILABLE FROM 8AM TO 4PM ON DAY OF PAINTING):
—8am- ROAD CLOSED– Artist sketches design onto street within the crosswalk white lines
—10am- Crosswalk Painting Begins – open to the public event — all welcome
—1pm – All activities above end and touch up of crosswalk by artist / key volunteers occurs
—2pm-8pm – Crosswalk paint dries / road remains closed
—8pm– ROAD REOPENS
Artist Stipend/Scholarship: $500 per artist, four artists will be chosen. All materials are provided. Artists will receive a check at the completion of the crosswalk painting event.
MANY THANKS TO OUR FUNDERS:
The artist stipends are generously supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and Helen G. Gifford Fund. Paint and materials are sponsored by the Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission.
DETAILS REGARDING CREATIVE CROSSWALKS DESIGNS:
All crosswalk designs must accommodate the two thick lines at the top and bottom of the crosswalk, which run perpendicular to the roadway traffic AND the interior vertical lines.
Artists must create their design within the template provided by drawing on or digitally inserting their artwork into the DESIGN TEMPLATE image provided. All artists are challenged to create a simple, aesthetically pleasing design that can be easily painted in 3-4 hours with the assistance of volunteers and the public. A limited color palette is recommended. Artists will be provided traffic paint in red, blue, yellow. white and black– you will need to mix all other colors on site during the paint day.
Content for Creative Crosswalks must be appropriate for the general public and family friendly. NO WORDS ARE ALLOWED IN DESIGNS FOR THIS PROJECT.
Chosen designs will be selected and formally reviewed panel which may consist of representatives from the ViBe Creative District nonprofit, City of Virginia Beach offices of: City Manager, Public Works, Traffic Safety, Cultural Affairs, and Strategic Growth.
SAMPLE DESIGN BY KIMBERLY ANN JONES:
The deadline for submissions is Saturday, February 19, 2022 at midnight. The dates of the painting events will be scheduled on a Saturday or Sunday in APRIL 2022, weather permitting. Artists must be present for the duration of painting 8am-8pm.