Art Connection Hampton Roads—A Collaborative Pilot Project of Old Dominion University and Tidewater Arts Outreach

Art Connection Hampton Roads

The Art Connection Hampton Roads 3-year pilot results in 134 donated works framed and installed at 15 health and human service agency sites.

The Art Connection Pilot graphic


Original now inspires staff and clients at six YWCA sites in four cities (25 works); the offices of Virginia Beach Court Appointed Special Advocates (VB CASA) (19 works in their service center); The UP Center (26 works in 2 locations/two cities); ForKids, Inc. (25 works at four sites in four cities); Village Pointe (23 works placed in low-income senior housing site in Norfolk); and Ronald McDonald House (12 works placed in family living quarters).

Andrea Long, VP of counseling services at The UP Center, said “The process was very exciting.  It gave us a nice opportunity to engage multiple staff.  It was eye-opening to understanding how people from various departments perceived how their clients might engage with the artwork.  It was an opportunity to bring folks together who might not otherwise sit across the table from each other.   It enabled us to appreciate the universality of everyone.”

Andrea also has observed that the presence of art act as a catalyst for engagement in small group settings.  “We know these pieces are transformative, and we are truly grateful for the donation to our agency.”

The Art Connection Hampton Roads three-year pilot has come to a close; it’s future is still being determined.  It will be exciting to see what the level of impact this artwork has over time.

The 134 pieces were donated by local and regional artists, ODU graduate students and collectors.  Chris Norton (ODU) and Randy Harrison (Tidewater Arts Outreach) administered the project, contacting agencies, explaining the application process, facilitating art selection and professionally framing and hanging artwork.  We want to take this opportunity to recognize and thank Dan Genard and Cullen Strawn from Old Dominion University, as well as contributing artists Melissa Hill, Glen McClure, Susan Carney, Paul Stevens, Steve McMahon, Deanna Brooks, Maria Termini, Dave Dupferman, Durwood Zed and Elginia McCrary.