Monday, June 5, 2017

RVA Street Art Festival 2017 to Be Held at the Diamond

Posted By on Mon, Jun 5, 2017 at 12:45 PM

click to enlarge A photo from the RVA Street Art Festival held on Earth Day in Manchester, April 23, 2016.
  • A photo from the RVA Street Art Festival held on Earth Day in Manchester, April 23, 2016.

The RVA Street Art Festival has finally "gone nuts" in the words of organizer Jon Baliles. It will be held this year, Sept. 22 through Sept. 24, at the Diamond, home to the Richmond Flying Squirrels.

Organizers with the Richmond Flying Squirrels and the Street Art Festival plan to update the ballpark's generally gray, concrete appearance with colorful local murals and artwork.

Longtime Richmond muralist Ed Trask said in a news conference this morning that the art will include murals as well sculptures, installations, videos and sound works.

"We have a huge opportunity to create something very positive here using art," he said. "We can do things that let people have this inclusive event with art, baseball and family. It can happen. Now we have the challenge of creating and using this canvas, and we're really excited."

A Times Dispatch article on this morning's conference noted that all funds will come from sponsors, none from public money.

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