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Artist Resources & Opportunities

VIBE CREATIVE DISTRICT

The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art is a non-profit institution which exists to foster awareness, exploration, and understanding of the significant art of our time.  Through excellence and diversity in their changing exhibitions and educational programming, MOCA stimulates critical thinking and dialogue throughout the Hampton Roads community.

Visit MOCA’s website to learn more about opportunities to exhibit, teach and sell at the nationally-accredited Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art.

VIRGINIA MOCA

Old Beach art & eco Market

In collaboration with the Old Beach Farmers Market and local art supporters, the Old Beach Art & Eco Market is an intimate gathering of local artists who display their work for sale to the public. Local artists are welcome to sell their artwork and wares in the parking lot at the corner of 18th Street and Cypress the First Saturday of each month throughout the summer. Artists are required to secure a City of Virginia Beach business license.

For more information and an application, email: OldBeachArtAndEcoMarket@gmail.com

Studio space and exhibition wall spaces are available for rent in this award-winning co-op gallery within the new Virginia Beach Art Center.  Visit theartistsgallery.org or call the Gallery Manager at 757-425-6671 for more information.

The Artists Gallery also sponsors a Plein Air League painting group called PALs. which usually meets the second Monday morning of each month at various locations. Members and non-members are invited to join them. Check out a list of current events on their Facebook page.

The Artists Gallery

Virginia Beach Art Center (VBAC)

Each month The Virginia Beach Art Center presents a themed exhibition, usually opening on First Fridays. Artists can join the invitational list for entry by contacting create@artcentervb.org or visiting the Center. Entries will compete for prizes and be available for sale to the public.

For a list of exhibition themes, visit artcentervb.org. Artists are encouraged to teach classes in the new education center, which is also available for rent as a meeting space for arts groups and other activities.

1701 is an active participant in the ViBe, and aims to include and promote local and regional artists in their space by exhibiting artwork and offering art tours to the community.

As an exhibiting artist, you’ll also become a coworking member at 1701 for the duration of your exhibit. Members have access to 1701’s virtual community, invitations and/or discounted admission to events, a built-in network of more than 100 other members, and plenty of resources to build your business as an artist. Apply here to become an artist member.

1701 Artist Memberships

Business Resources

JOIN THE FRIENDS OF THE CREATIVE DISTRICT

  1. Submit a Membership Form
  2. Review and vote by Friends of the Creative District Board (2nd Thursday at 10am each month)
  3. Network and show your support for the local arts at ViBe Creative District Events
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  1. Review the ViBe Creative District qualification criteria. Incentives and the Application Process
  2. Select a location for your organization in the ViBe Creative District.
  3. Contact the Commissioner of the Revenue to apply for a Business License.
  4. Complete the ViBe Creative District Business Qualification Application.
  5. Complete the ViBe Creative District Partial Real Estate Tax Exemption Form (if you’re the property owner).
  6. Virginia Beach City Staff reviews application and notifies business owner of next steps.

STEPS TO QUALIFY FOR CITY OF VIRGINIA BEACH VIBE BUSINESS INCENTIVES

APPLY FOR A MATCHING FUNDS GRANT FROM THE CITY OF VIRGINIA BEACH

The grants are designed to provide financial support to small and locally-owned and operated businesses located within the ViBe Creative District. The program offers financial incentives in the form of matching grants to new and existing property owners or businesses that plan to make capital investments within the District.

Program application

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