SPARC Announces Large-Scale Community Public Art Project in Downtown Suffolk
April 4, 2019

The Northwestern Train Station — a historic building located on South Main Street

The Northwestern Train Station — a historic building located on South Main Street

SPARC announces a larger-scale public art project in Downtown Suffolk. The Northwestern Train Station, a historic building located on South Main Street which currently has boarded window openings, will be reimagined as backdrop for 24 original pop-up murals. Murals will be created by local artists and creative individuals, and sponsored by local businesses and individuals.

These murals will be temporarily installed over the window openings, and unveiled to the public at a SPARC event planned for late September 2019. SPARC is soliciting interest artists and creative individuals who want to submit mural designs for consideration for this project. All are welcome to submit designs, which can feature any content or color scheme but must be appropriate for public viewing, and criteria can be found on SPARC’s website at sparcva.com/projects.

SPARC is also soliciting individual and business sponsors for this project, who can select their own pop-up mural design. Sponsorships for each mural are $500.00 each, which will cover painting supplies for artists and a donation for the 501(c)3 non-profit SPARC organization.

Questions about the project and sponsorships should be directed to Carolyn Phillips, Executive Director of the SPARC Initiative, at Carolyn@sparcva.com.

Permission and support for this project was received from various City of Suffolk departments, including: Economic Development, Parks and Recreation, Planning and Community Development, and the City Manager’s Office.