Public Art

Public Art Program

Managed by Norfolk Arts.

We strive for artistic excellence, diversity and balance; diversity of artistic styles, balance of work by local, national and international artists, balance of artwork by emerging artists as well as those with established reputations and a balance of iconic and neighborhood-friendly artwork. Visit the Norfolk Arts website.


In 2008 the Norfolk City Council unanimously approved the Percent for Art Funding Ordinance, which stipulates that 1% of construction or renovation costs over $500,000 for municipal buildings and public spaces be devoted to the purchase or commission of artwork. 


The Public Art Program commissions each site-specific artwork through a community-based process. We commission artists to create unique artwork in neighborhoods, downtown, gateways and transition and connection points throughout Norfolk.