RVA Street Art Festival 2013

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The RVA Street Art Festival will transform the 5.5 acre GRTC Depot Sept. 11-15 to create an amazing new space filled with color, creativity, art, & sculpture.
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RVA Street Art Festival
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Richmond, Virginia
United States
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This Art 180campaign is raising funds for the festival that directs all of its' non-expenses to Art 180 that will fund arts education for one of RVA's most recognized and beloved non-profts.

The RVA Street Art Festival is defined by three things - supporting arts education for children, discovering and showcasing local artistic talent alongside big national artists, and revitalizing challenged areas that are in dire need of some color and creativity.

This year the festival will return to Richmond in September to revitalize 5.5 acres of walls and buildings on the former GRTC depot on Cary St. with public art, murals sessions, sculpture, and exhibits and ideas about the history and future of transportation in Richmond.

Nationally and internationally acclaimed artists will join with local talent to create murals on the trolley barns, create sculpture using materials on site, and focusing on expanding the conversation about transportation options and potential in Richmond.

You can help make this event possible and exceed expectations by being one of the first to get a limited edition T-shirt, poster, sunglasses, mural print, or spray paint can to help fund the festival in addition to support from our sponsors. All the post-expense proceeds benefit Art 180 that creates and provides art-related programs for young people living in challenging circumstances, encouraging personal and community change through self-expression.

The festival will showcase the creative power of street art, liven up the drab walls and attract people to the outdoor art gallery as well as spark a creative discussion about transportation. Spectators will watch large murals and sculptures come to life and color and creativity explode on site all while being able to interact with the artists.

The festival will feature public art and sculpture sessions Wednesday, September 11 through Sunday, September 15, and incorporate painting, sculpture as well as projects in collaboration with the University of Richmond.

An artist forum will be held at the Byrd Theatre on Thursday, September 12 where artists will discuss the street art movement growing from a behind the scenes movement to becoming a commercially viable and sought after medium in many venues from clothes to cars to corporate boardrooms.

A "Paint the Walls" pre-party will take place on Wednesday, August 21 where attendees can tour the site pre-festival, and take part in creating a collaborative mural. The pre-party will also host a contest to find the next generation of up and coming local muralists in RVA. 20 artists will get a chance to create their own 6x6 murals and be juried by the artists invited to the festival in September. The top selected artists will be given their own large mural space they can paint during the festival. Click here for more details

Invited artists include Jeff Soto, El Kamino, Pablo Harymbat, Hamilton Glass, the Few and Far Women crew, Pose, Omens, Vizie, Andrew Schoultz, Hense, Jessie Unterhalter and Katie Truhn, Joshua Mays, Mike Broth, Brad Bacon, Rich Colman, Matt Betts, Chris Milk Hulburt, Heidi Trepanier, Tyler Thomas, Adam Juresko, Camera Obscura, Nikki Leone, Josh van Horne, Marshall Higgins, and more. These artists will work side by side with more than a dozen local artists and muralists to inject color and creativity to the seldom used and static GRTC property.

Local and national sculptors will create pieces from materials found on site (including parts from old buses) as well as showcase sound installations using current GRTC buses. The GRTC site is the original site of the Richmond City Railway Company and served as a transit hub for more than 100 years.

A multimedia exhibition entitled “Keep on Rolling: Stories and Portraits of GRTC Operators” will include photographic portraits of GRTC drivers, text panels based on interviews, and sound portraits. City buses have played a major part at watershed moments in Richmond history, such as the civil rights movement and changes in neighborhoods caused by urban renewal. GRTC operators continue to see and experience a side of life in Richmond that most people do not—but their stories have largely gone untold.

The transportation theme will include a focus on both two and four wheels. Beyond the car, there will be exhibits focused on existing transit options as well as potential solutions such as Bus Rapid Transit and the possibility of creating a regional transit system.

Bicyles will also be prominent during the festival. An urban bike skills obstacle course used to train the Richmond Police will be set up for people to use and will remain on the property in future similar to the trails obstacle course on Belle Isle. Ride Richmond will host Bike Polo matches and there will also be ramps for stunts and tricks. Richmond 2015 will also be on hand to promote the 2015 UCI World Championships and promote their legacy projects underway througout the region that promote cycling.

RVA Street Foodies

The festival will include a RVA Street Art Satellite Gallery (on site) featuring works from participating artists, local food trucks from RVA Street Foodies, drink from the Taste the Local campaign, Virginia wine, artists and crafts from the Bizarre Market, arts activities for children, plus artist work sessions and public interaction.

Art 180The proceeds from the festival will once again benefit Art 180 which will gather children invovled in their programs around Richmond to create incredible murals during the festival. 

Following last year’s successful RVA Street Art Festival, co-organizers Ed Trask and Jon Baliles have teamed up with artist and curator Vaughn Garland, who co-organized the acclaimed Manchester Sculpture Invitational in 2005-06. Together, the trio has worked with GRTC to plan the festival and transform the site until the property is sold or developed, sometime in 2016.

Visit us for updates and artist profiles on the web and social media at http://www.rvastreetart.com

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  • $5USD
    Hug From Artist Ed Trask

    - Get a bear hug from muralist and festival co-founder Ed Trask during festival weekend!

    0 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $10USD
    Autographed Ironlak Spray Can

    - Get an autographed Ironlak spray paint can that will be used by the artists during the weekend - get one used to adorn your favorite mural from your favorite artist on the last day of the festival!

    2 out of 250 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $15USD
    2013 Limited Edition Poster

    - A 2013 Limited Edition RVA Street Art Festival Poster. Pick it up at the festival and get it autographed by your favorite artists! (see gallery at top for the poster)

    1 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $20USD
    2013 Limited Edition T-Shirt

    - 2013 Limited Edition RVA Street Art Festival Shirt (see gallery at top for the shirt)

    6 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $25USD
    Your Favorite 2012 Mural Print

    - Your favorite 14x18 high quality mural print from Vizie, Pose, Hense, Jeff Soto, El Kamino, Ed Trask, Mickael Broth, or Hamilton Glass from the 2012 RVA Street Art Festival (see gallery at top for the 2012 murals)

    7 out of 250 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $30USD
    Hardywood / Nektar Shades

    Get your special Hardywood edition of Nektar Sunglasses - available only through this campaign. Shades will be available for pick up at the RVA Street Art Festival pre-party August 21 (see gallery at top for the shades).

    8 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $40USD
    2013 T-Shirt + 2012 Mural

    - 2013 Limited Edition RVA Street Art Festival Shirt + your favorite 14x18 high quality mural print from 2012 RVA Street Art Festival (see gallery at top for the 2012 murals)

    4 out of 150 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $50USD
    2013 Poster + T-Shirt + Mural

    - A 2013 Limited Edition RVA Street Art Festival Poster + a 2013 Limited Edition T- Shirt + your favorite 14x18 high quality mural print from 2012 RVA Street Art Festival (see gallery at top for the 2012 murals)

    4 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $80USD
    2013 Festival Package

    - A 14x18 high quality print of your favorite mural from the 2013 RVA Street Art Festival (available Oct. 1) + Autographed Ironlak Can + 2013 Limited Edition Poster + 2013 Limited Edition Shirt + your favorite 14x18 high quality mural print from 2012 RVA Street Art Festival (see gallery at top for the 2012 murals)

    10 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $400USD
    Mural Among Invited Artists

    - Claim your own 8x8 foot square at the festival on one of the walls among invited artists and create your own mural! (artists only!) -- Available for individual artists only.

    1 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $500USD
    VIP Reception Tickets

    - Two tickets to the VIP Artist Reception on Wed., Sept. 11 + VIP seating for Artist Forum & Fashion Show on Sept. 12 + 2013 Limited Edition Poster + 2013 favorite 14x18 high quality mural print + Autographed Ironlak Can + favorite 14x18 high quality mural print from 2012 RVA Street Art Festival (see gallery at top for the 2012 murals)

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
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