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Arts & Culture Events

  1. National Geographic’s Planet or Plastic? at Nauticus

    January 30, 2021 - April 25, 2021 @ Nauticus & Battleship Wisconsin

    National Geographic’s Planet or Plastic? exhibition showcases the global plastic waste crisis and highlights innovators working to solve this urgent issue. Featuring the work of researchers, scientists and artists, the exhibition traces the history of plastic and explores the devastating impacts of plastic pollution on our world’s oceans. The exhibition will also feature a look into the rise of single-use plastics due to COVID-19. Through powerful imagery, Planet or Plastic? makes the important case for the need to find a balance between using this material and protecting our environment.

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  2. Offsite Gallery opening: WEGENER+SLOAN, a joint exhibition of sculpture & paintings by Samantha Wegener & Jazmine Sloan

    March 12, 2021, 5:00 PM - May 7, 2021, 7:00 PM @ Norfolk Arts Offsite Gallery at MacArthur Center

    Join us for an opening reception. Mixed media artist and Norfolk Public School art educator, Samantha Wegener combines ready made objects and pre-manufactured trinkets in a playful creative process sparked by inspiration from materials that best serve ideas quickly and succinctly. Put into a demonstratively visual language, vulnerabilities regarding labels she identifies with and labels others often bear are explored in her collaborative Labels project on display as part of this exhibition. Local artist Jazmine Sloan creates acrylic paintings that prompt viewers to think creatively, outside of the box, and beyond what they perceive. Her work represents emancipating yourself from the cage that is your mind. A founder of the Raven’s Fig Foundation, Jazmine strives to empower children and youth of color to express themselves creatively in visual arts and literature through the discovery of the African American culture.

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  3. Bay Youth Orchestras Streaming Online

    March 29, 2021, 6:00 PM - May 1, 2021, 12:00 PM @ Streaming on their YouTube Channel

    See Bay Youth Orchestras stream of their live broadcasts on March 29. Available at and

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  4. d'Art Center presents Tribute: A National Juried Exhibition of Paintings that Pay Homage to People, Places, and Things

    April 9, 2021, 5:30 PM - April 25, 2021, 5:00 PM @ d'Art Center

    Tribute is a national exhibition that features paintings from artists from across the country. This exhibition is open to 2D fine art and fine craft in all paint mediums. In theme and content, artworks should pay tribute to a person, place, or thing of great importance to the artist. The Tribute exhibition at d’Art Center is in honor of Barbara Fulp. Barbara was a resident artist at d’Art Center who passed in 2019. She is greatly missed by all who knew her.

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  5. Virginia Stage Company, with Virginia Arts Festival and Norfolk State University presents "How I Learned What I Learned"

    April 14, 2021, 7:30 PM - April 25, 2021, 9:30 PM @ Bank Street Stage

    Don’t miss this co-production with Norfolk State University Theatre Company and Virginia Arts Festival, August Wilson’s How I Learned What I Learned will feature Anthony Mark Stockard (The Wiz, Parchman Hour: Songs and Stories of the '61 Freedom Riders) as August Wilson. The one-man staged reading will grace the Virginia Arts Festival’s new outdoor venue, Bank St. Stage, located in downtown Norfolk following all COVID protocols and social distancing guidelines. How I Learned What I Learned will run until April 25th. "WILSON’S PRIDE, HUMOR, ELOQUENCE, ANGER, STORYTELLING GIFTS, AND GENERAL EAGERNESS TO SOAK UP EXPERIENCE: IT’S ALL THERE." - THE BOSTON GLOBE

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Community/Neighborhood Event

  1. NBN Academy webinar: Equity Check-In

    April 14, 2021, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM @ WebEx

    Aleea Slappy, Norfolk’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, will give an update on Norfolk’s efforts and also share ideas with neighborhoods on engaging and recruiting a broad range of leaders to your organization.

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