The NEON District is home to a new wave of passion and creativity in downtown.
NEON stands for New Energy Of Norfolk.
In 2013, the city of Norfolk began the transformation of a stretch of Granby Street just north of Brambleton Avenue into thriving arts destination. At that time, hundreds of volunteers came together to give visitors a vision of what the block could be, complete with galleries, murals, live performances, pop-up retail, food vendors and more. The event was a huge success, and served as the spark for the official commissioning of the Norfolk Arts District.
Long time cultural institutions like the Chrysler Museum of Art and Harrison Opera House anchor the District while new art venues like Glass Wheel Studio and Work|Release provide artists a place to make, create and show.
Alchemy NFK and The Pushers Comedy Group are among the addition to this vibrant scene. And in 2014, with ground breaking on Downtown Norfolk’s new Hilton Hotel and Convention Center, its temporary park “The Plot” needed a new home. With the help of dozens of volunteers, the entire park (shipping containers included) was transplanted to the corner of Granby and Olney. It’s since become a central commonplace for the District’s creatives, encouraging buskers, impromptu performances and meetups.
Whether you are a local or visiting for the first time, the NEON District offers a unique cultural experience. Within a few short blocks you can see a muralist at work, take in an improv comedy performance, watch a live glass-working demonstration, shop for unique home goods, get a tattoo or dine out at an eclectic restaurant.
NEON, the Norfolk Arts District and its surrounding neighborhood is fast transforming into the place to be.