Watch a video of the dedication!

Artist Britney Gatewood created our final Bloomberg Asphalt Arts mural in Denby Park with the community September 22-24, 2021.

Titled, Upward & Onward, the asphalt art mural highlights the history and promise of Wards Corner and the neighborhood as the “Times Square of the South” with brightly colored buildings and sunny skies.

The artwork uses pedestrian movement to evoke a sense of activity and caution at the busy Little Creek intersection.

Britney states, “My main goal is to not only beautify, but also to unify and connect people to the spaces I’m working in. Creating spaces where anyone whether they are native to the location or not, will feel welcomed, included, and seen.”

Thank you Bloomberg Philanthropies for selecting Norfolk Arts & Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia to receive the #asphaltartinitiative grant that enabled us to create 3 asphalt art projects in each of the 3 Norfolk Police Patrol Divisions. Thank you Evelyn Ott School of Dance, Guads At Granby, Life In A 360-Degree View, Apex DJ, all of our volunteers & thank you artist Naz Asuquo who has helped us complete each project!

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