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Youth Art Month 2017

March 1 – April 2, 2017
Virginia Beach City Public Schools Youth Art Month 2017 Celebrate the achievements of elementary, middle and high school students from Virginia Beach City Public Schools during Youth Art Month (YAM). Youth Art Month (YAM) is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art and art education for all children and to encourage public support for quality school art programs. Established in 1961, YAM provides a forum for acknowledging skills that are not possible in other subjects. Art Education develops self-esteem, appreciation of the work of others, self expression, cooperation with others, and critical thinking skills. All of these skills are vital to the success of our future le…

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Youth Art Month 2017
Artwork by Nora Petermann, a third grader from Princess Anne Elementary School

Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose

May 22, 2016 – Dec 31, 2016
The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) will feature some of the foremost contemporary artists through a ten year retrospective of the art magazine, Hi-Fructose. This exhibition is a unique opportunity to bring a broad spectrum of artwork by over 50 artists from the pages of magazines and computer screens to the walls of a contemporary art museum dedicated to educating on the significant art of today. Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose is a collaborative initiative by two like-minded organizations – MOCA in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Hi-Fructose The New Contemporary Art Magazine in San Francisco, California. Both are committed to creating an awareness of contempora…

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Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose
Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose. Installation view. Photo by Glen McClure

Fleming Gallery: Kempsville Expressions

January 14 - February 5, 2017
Kempsville Center for Behavioral Health (KCBH) has been working with children and teens struggling to maintain their mental health since 2011. Through art, the teens at KCBH express themselves in ways that are as unique as their journeys to mindfulness. We are thrilled to share Kempsville Expressions with you in partnership with MOCA. www.kempsvillecenter.com About the Teacher - Joseph Austin, (“Mr. Joey”), has been teaching students with special needs for 7 years. He graduated with a BA in World Studies, a M.Ed. in Christian Education. While an undergraduate he studied art at the VCU School of the Arts and now shares his talent and skills with children of all ages. He uses his artistic …

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Fleming Gallery: Kempsville Expressions
Kempsville Expressions

Animated Minds

January 28 - April 16, 2017
Animated Minds is a series of animated shorts that document the experience of people who live with mental illness. The goal is to dispel prejudices surrounding these types of illness and to shed light on the experience to a broader public. The director, Andy Glynne, is a trained clinical psychologist. He identified people who live with a variety of mental illnesses and willing to give testimony on their experience. The resulting stories are harrowing, poignant and altogether human. The editing process eliminated content which would distress the storytellers. Then, illustrators, animators, and musicians gave stories a rich visual aural narrative and soundscape. The films offer just a small pe…

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Animated Minds

SkillQuest 2016

October 8 - November 14, 2016
SkillQuest is a day activity program for adults with developmental disabilities run by the City of Virginia Beach. The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is delighted to partner with SkillQuest for the thirteenth year to exhibit the work of these talented artists. This year’s exhibit includes more than 200 pieces of artwork, including paintings, collages, clay sculpture and wheel-thrown pottery. The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art is funded in part by the citizens of Virginia Beach through a grant from the City of Virginia Beach Arts & Humanities Commission, and by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Business Consortium for Arts Support an…

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SkillQuest 2016
SkillQuest 2016