When Walls Speak, a Multi-disciplinary Mural event coming to the Park Place Neighborhood in Norfolk, Virginia

Congratulations to the Unity Thru Arts Collective selected to create a “When Walls Speak” event in Norfolk, Virginia in 2023 or 2024.

The UTA Collective will engage the community and showcase the depth and creativity of Norfolk’s art community through a festival event with scheduled activities in the Park Place Community near 35th Street and Colley Ave., highlighting the start of the mural painting and a collaborative musical performance. We hope to incorporate a vendor market that includes food and local handmade items. The UTA Collective will highlight an orchestration of musicians invited from across the community to include professionals and Norfolk Public school students.

Sharon Davidson Cook: The Underground Performing Arts Collective – a highly successful theater actor, writer, producer and director, and retired 30-year Norfolk Public School English teacher, and founder of UPAC, whose mission is to provide a safe, inclusive space and give voice to performing artists and designers from underrepresented, diverse populations and abilities to create art that inspires, educates, promotes social change, and builds community. Sharon will lead the coordination of performing, dance and literary artists.

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