Public Art

Public Art Program

Managed by Norfolk Arts.

We strive for artistic excellence, 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.