Arts and Attractions at a glance
"The Norfolk Arts Commission works with nearly 40 cultural groups guided by more than 700 community and business leaders."
The Norfolk Arts Commission works with nearly 40 cultural groups guided by more than 700 community and business leaders. Even in the face of their own economic difficulties, these organizations and their boards continue to give back to the community.
There’s no better example of the arts in Norfolk than the Chrysler Museum of Art, which will be undergoing expansion and renovation this year. Renovations to the museum, beginning in July, will include the addition of two wings and updates to every gallery.
Through the Great Depression and World War II, storms and floods, name changes and mergers, the Virginia Symphony has been one of our great cultural institutions. This year it is celebrating its 90th anniversary. Under the baton of Conductor Joanne Faletta, the Symphony has played to rave reviews at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Its performance of Bernstein’s Mass was a Virginia premier.
"Enjoy free admission to the Chrysler Museum of Art and explore 5,000 years of civilization through a world-class collection, stunning glass galleries, and interpretive programs."
The Virginia Stage Company and Virginia Opera continue to bring premier productions to the region and state. The Virginia Arts Festival moved into its new building— the Clay and Jay Barr Education Center in 2010. Next door is the new home of the Hurrah Players.