Recap: The RVA Street Art Festival 2013
“Richmond, VA” by El Kamino
Black Ink Arts
The RVA Street Art Festival, organized largely by Richmond Artist Ed Trask, is back again for 2013 and giving local artists more of an opportunity than ever to participate in this groundbreaking event.
Some of this year’s highlight appearances include murals by Hamilton Glass (Philly Native aka Whosham / Ham), Nick Kuszyk, El Kamino, Vizie, Hense, Black Ink Arts, Pose, and Alcohol Sponge. The event has also dedicated an enormous amount of wall space for local artists and community members to paint their piece of living history. This collaborative-based approach makes this year’s event a true success in the eyes of the community. The festival is also breaking ground with interactive displays, exhibitions and crafts for people and families of all ages.
Running almost concurrently with ArtWhino’s 2nd Project, which ended in late July of 2013, the RVA Street Art Festival returns to Richmond as an opportunity to embrace primarily local/regional artistic expression and creativity while beautifying previously blighted and under-utilized urban environments. With over “5.5 acres*” of available space to paint, this year’s festival has taken back the blighted brownfields that once was the GRTC Trolley Yard, and turned in into one of the largest concentrations of organized street-art on the East Coast; outside of places like Bushwick and/or Queens.
Organized Street-Art, in this sense, is a well known catalyst for urban revitalization, and not only redefines existing public spaces, but also creates an opportunity for citizens to engage in the regenerative process. From ”Murder Capital to Mural Capital”, Richmond continues to embrace this notion head on..
RVA Street Art Festival