(This year’s festival info is on our Now/Next page.)
The Virginia Street Art Festival (VSAF) is a non-profit that beautifies urban spaces with legal outdoor murals and other art. Much of the “built environment” surrounding townspeople every day is utilitarian, without heart, and frankly rather ugly –and stays that way for decades. It doesn’t have to be. Artists, volunteers, sponsors, and community-minded property-owners can unite to transform dull expanses of cinder block, roof tar, and retaining-wall concrete into art. A multi-story VSAF artwork was ranked World’s Top Mural of 2019 by the publication StreetArt360.
World muralist Nils Westergard has been a key VSAF artist donating hundreds of hours. In 2021, some famed names and old school New York subway artists joined, including Kenny Scharf, Lady Pink, and others. Artist-regulars included Julia Chon (AKA Kimchee Juice) and Terry Ward. (A full list of past artists will appear here later.)
The event began in 2015 in Waynesboro, Virginia, as the brainchild of longtime street art fan Ian A. MacRae. Founder MacRae let his E.N. Computers building serve as the artists’ first canvas. The once gritty, now ever-more-artsy Waynesboro, Virginia, has been the site of most VSAF art-making ever since.
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PRESS COVERAGE ABOUT
NPR (regional, via affiliate WMRA), “Richmond muralist paints his way from Waynesboro to Amsterdam and beyond” Randi B. Hagi, 8 June 2022 (link).
Augusta Free Press, “All in the name of art: Festival ready to beautify Waynesboro with more murals,” Rebecca J. Barnabi, 2 Jan. 2022 (link).
The Crozet Gazette, “Art for All: Big Art Transforms Waynesboro’s Downtown,” Theresa Curry, Oct. 2021 (link).
USA Today, Network via The News Leader “THOUGHT-PROVOKING: 5 new murals…,” Laura Peters, 15 Sept. 2021 ().
The News Leader, “Photos: New murals in Waynesboro,” Laura Peters, 10 Sept. 2021 (link).
The News Leader, “Arts festival gives Waynesboro five new murals including…,” Laura Peters, 9 Sept. 2021 (link).
USA Today Network via The News Leader “Must-Visit List,” Laura Peters, 6 Sept. 2021 (link).
ABC3-WHSV, “Artists in Waynesboro paint the town for Virginia Street Art Festival,” Colby Johnson, 22 Aug. 2021 (link).
NBC29-WVIR, “Virginia Street Art Festival looks for artists,” Dominga Murray, 1 June 2021 (link).
The News-Virginian, “7th annual Street Art Festival bringing 4 new murals to Waynesboro,” Logan Bogert, 10 Oct. 2020 (link).
Northern Virginia Daily, “7th annual Street Art Festival bringing 4 new murals to Waynesboro,” Logan Bogert, 8 Oct 2020 (link).
The Roanoke Star, “Globetrotting Artist Adds Waynesboro to Portfolio,” Arts & Culture, 7 Oct. 2020 (link).
Augusta Free Press, “2020 Virginia Street Art Festival returns…,” staff, 7 Oct. 2020 (link).
ABC3-WHSV, “Waynesboro YMCA to host 2020 Virginia Street Art Festival,” Patrick Huddleston (NBC29), 6 Oct. 2020 (link).
The News-Virginian, “Smartphone app brings Waynesboro’s murals to life with scavenger hunt,” Jaclyn Barton, 10 Sept. 2020 (link).
Northern Virginia Mag, “Travel To Waynesboro, Virginia For A Vibrant Arts Scene,” WOoT, 1 Sep. 2020 (link)
Newsbreak, “Waynesboro YMCA to host 2020 Virginia Street Art Festival,” Patrick Huddleston (NBC29/ABC3), 7 Oct. 2020 (link).
ABC3-WHSV, “1on1: Waynesboro street art scavenger hunt,” Bob Corso, 31 Aug. 2020 (link).
Augusta Free Press, “Street Art Scavenger Hunt offers locals, tourists ways to traipse about local art scene,” staff, 29 Aug. 2020 (link).
ABC3-WHSV, “City of Waynesboro and Staunton-based app launch Street Art Scavenger Hunt,” newsroom, 27 Aug. 2020 (link).
Blue Ridge Outdoors, “Take a WanderLove Road Trip Along the Blue Ridge Parkway to Waynesboro,” Wanderlove, 11 Aug 2020 (link).
The News-Virginian, “Waynesboro mural named No. 1 in world by StreetArt360,” staff, 10 Jan. 2020 (link).
Street Art 360, “World’s Best Mural of 2019 & Top 100 Urban Art,” staff, 2 Jan. 2020 (link).
USA Today, “Kimchi Juice mural in Waynesboro,” William Ramsey, 16 Oct. 2019 (link).
Shenandoah Valley Living, “Live Here: Waynesboro,” SVP, 1 Dec. 2019 (link).
Our Survival Tips, “The Coolest Hike in Virginia,” Kerdic, 19 Apr. 2021 (link).
The Crozet Gazette, “Virginia Street Art Festival,” staff, 11 Oct. 2020 (link).
Mural Trail, “Street Art Murals Featured Mural: Kaiya (with Tulips),” staff, 2019 (link).
Shenandoah Valley, “More than Mountains: Explore Our Arts and Culture,” staff, 2019 (link).
Graffiti Street, “Stencil Artist Nils Westergard Says it with Flowers,” Donna Haden, 1 Dec. 2018 (link).
Waynesboro Visitors’ Guide, “Where Good Nature Comes Naturally,” City of Waynesboro, 20 July 2018, pg. 3 (link).
Waynesboro Visitors’ Guide, “Get in on the arts action yourself,” City of Waynesboro, 20 July 2018, pg. 11 (link).
The Daily Progress “At this arts fest, the walls become the canvas,” staff, 9 Sept. 2017 (link).
The Daily Progress “Editorial: Two events, one Waynesboro,” editors, 9 Sept. 2017 (link).
The News Leader “Virginia Street Arts Fest returns to Basic City,” Traci Moyer, 28 Aug. 2016 (link).
The Daily Progress “Art from the heart,” staff, 27 Aug. 2017 (link).
The News Leader “Virginia Street Arts Fest returns to Basic City,” Monique Calello, 24 Aug. 2016 (link).
The Daily Progress “Painting walls, imaginations,” Michelle L. Mitchell, 24 Aug. 2016 (link).
Whurk magazine (vol. 42), “Virginia Street Art Festival: Interview with founder Ian MacRae” Thomas Hendricks, Aug. 2016 (link).
RVA magazine, “2ND ANNUAL VIRGINIA STREET ART FESTIVAL BRIGHTENS UP WAYNESBORO’S INDUSTRIAL COMMUNITY,” Amy David, 16 Sept. 2016 (link).
The Daily Progress “Street artists look to decorate Waynesboro,” Diana Oberoi, 25 Aug. 2015 (link).
Ian A. MacRae, founder / executive producer.
Michelle Harley, operations director.
Terry Ward, artistic director.
Ed Scerbo, socials czar.
Jeff Fife, at-large.
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