RVA Street Art Festival returns to Richmond for the first time in 5 years


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – The RVA Street Art Festival is set to return for its fifth edition this year.

The festival, created in 2012, was originally supposed to celebrate its fifth opus in April 2020, but was postponed due to the pandemic. The city can now celebrate ten years since the inaugural festival.

Where it all started, the Power Station building along the Haxall Canal will host the event from September 16-18.

Richmond’s largest outdoor art gallery has become one of the most visited and photographed spots in the city. This fall, the festival will bring a new dose of color and creativity to Richmond.

“When we first did this in 2012, we weren’t sure the murals would last two years. So to see them still here ten years later and the wow factor it still has for visitors is a treat every time I walk or cycle here,” said festival co-founder Jon Baliles. .

“It’s been an incredible run. But as a board, we decided it was time to give the building a new look and celebrate the incredible growth in street art and the number of local artists who live in RVA and do murals not just here but across the country,” said festival co-founder Ed Trask.

The festival supports the arts education of local youth by raising funds and awareness for public and community school arts organizations and initiatives.

Previous editions of the RVA Street Art Festival have taken place at Haxall Canal Hydro Plant (2012), GRTC Bus Depot (2013), Manchester Silos (2016) and The Diamond (2017).

Interested artists can submit their applications to take part in the festival here.


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