Arts district launches new festival, blending art and literature to promote literacy during National Literacy Month

VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia – September is National Literacy Month and the ViBe Creative District, known for being filled with art of all kinds, will mix art and literature on Sunday. They organize their first annual edition Virginia Beach Literary Arts Festival.

The festival is to help promote literacy in September for National Literacy Month. ViBe Creative District Executive Director Kate Pittman told News 3 the festival is about speaking through art and sculpture. There will also be booths from local businesses, bookstores, organizations such as the Virginia Beach Library and other attendees, as well as a book exchange.

The overall message, said Pittman, is to promote the importance of literacy.

“Literacy is just another form of creative expression, and people who explore fine art, painting and drawing may also be genuinely interested in poetry or writing books and exercises. of creative writing. here in the ViBe district, ”Pittman said.

Just after 7:45 a.m., the first tents for the Virginia Beach Public Library were set up on the park grounds.

Library volunteers said September is also Library Card Month and they will be signing people up for library cards for those who don’t.

The event, Pittman said, is made possible after two years of planning for such an event. She also said they expected around 400 visitors to attend.

“This event is something we’ve been thinking about for a long time,” Pittman said. “Of course, there have been challenges such as COVID-19 restricting many outdoor and gathering events. So we’re excited to pilot this small-scale project.”

The festival will take place at ViBe Park, located at the corner of Cypress Avenue and 18th Street. The event starts at 1 p.m. and will run until 4 p.m.

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