Norfolk’s first official arts district, NEON (New Energy of Norfolk), is home to long-time cultural institutions like the Chrysler Museum of Art and Harrison Opera House as well as studio-based ventures like d’Art Center and the Rutter Family Art Foundation, all providing artists a place to make, create and show. Within a few short blocks you can see a muralist at work, take in an improv comedy performance at Push Comedy Theater, watch a live glass-working demonstration, shop for unique home goods, get a tattoo or dine out at an eclectic restaurant. Learn more at and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @neonnfk.

Call for Artists! The NEON District is seeking artists to complete two murals before this year’s NEON Festival, on October 20 & 21, 2022. Mural projects are in partnership with NEON District businesses and sponsored by Bob's Gun Shop, The Royal Team at Seaside Realty and Larandon's Homes. 

There are two (2) opportunities open for artist submissions:

  • Bob’s Gun Shop Billboard, 746 Granby Street
  • Ghent Grab & Go Rear Wall, 230 W. Olney Road


  • Open call goes live on Tuesday, May 31, 2022
  • Open call closes Sunday, June 26, 2022 at 11:59pm
  • Artists will be announced in July 2022
  • Work should be scheduled for August and September 2022
  • Murals must be completed by October 1, 2022

Application Fee:

  • Non-refundable fee of $20.00. One $20 fee covers submissions for both projects. This fee covers NEON District expenses for publishing and hosting the open call.
  • Artists experiencing financial hardships can contact NEON to waive the application fee. Email for more information.
  • You do not have to apply for every project, however there is no reduction in the application fee if you only apply for one project.

Artists must provide the following:

  • Basic contact information
  • Brief description of the scope of work
  • Drawing or rendering of work proposed
  • Project budget

Please note that if you submit an application as a team, there will be one stipend and a lead artist must be identified. If selected for a project, you will be required to provide the Downtown Norfolk Council a W9 tax identification form and an artist grant application before you begin any work.

NEON District