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Virginia Beach seeking muralist for Town Center parking garage project

Virginia Beach Town Center (Judah Taylor/Southside Daily)
Virginia Beach Town Center (Judah Taylor/Southside Daily)

Parking garage walls at the Town Center are about to get a facelift, and the city is looking for an artist to carry out the task.

The City of Virginia Beach Development Authority is willing to pay $3,600 for three murals in multiple Town Center parking garages. Each design will incorporate the phrase “Welcome to Town Center.”

The deadline to submit proposals is Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 5 p.m.

“This is a really great opportunity to for an individual artist to really make a statement,” Nina Goodale-Salazar, cultural arts coordinator, said. “The money that’s behind it, I think, is a generous amount to cover the cost of materials, as well as the artist’s time.”

The project’s guidelines call for proposals to include aesthetically pleasing colors and form and must incorporate urban life at Town Center in its design. The artwork will be selected based on design quality and durability. Local and regional artists will be given priority, according to Goodale-Salazar.

The selected artist is also encouraged to reach out to local art students to help with the process. The project’s goals include turning parking garages into art structures, increase public awareness of art and broaden viewers’ perspectives on public spaces in the city, according to its guidelines.

Qualified artists must have experience in working with similar types of public art projects, apply as individuals or as a team and have a certificate of insurance and a business license. Submission requirements include a resume with references, a digital portfolio, a written project approach, a visual project proposal, a budget and a self-addressed, stamped letter if artists want their work back.

Submissions should be mailed to or delivered in-person to Goodale‐Salazar at the Office of Cultural Affairs City of Virginia Beach, 201 Market St. Suite 204 Virginia Beach, VA 23462.

For information regarding wall dimensions, required materials and submission requirements, click here or contact Goodale-Salazar at

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