Richmond, Virginia has transformed into a mecca for public art. That transformation began in 2012 when Venture Richmond partnered with local and national street artists and boom!– the RVA Street Art Festival was born.


The festival came back to Richmond in 2013, transforming the old Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC) bus depot into a home for murals and sculptures. The festival will be back in 2015 to transform the Southern States silos and surrounding out buildings– and support the transformation of the largely industrial Manchester neighborhood.

The festival chooses sites for their impact– The following photos are from the 2012 festival in my neighborhood of Historic Shockoe Bottom. The flood wall was constructed as a functional feature— Richmond is the “River City” and the neighborhood isn’t tagged “The Bottom” for no reason. But where slate grey walls once stood, now there is an explosion of color and life.

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