(The 2021 festival will be in the last weekend of August, but as needed, painting may happen before and after then.)
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.
Ian A. MacRae, founder / executive producer
Stacey Strawn, music director
Terry Ward, artistic director
Jeff Fife, at-large
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PRESS COVERAGE ABOUT
NBC29-WVIR, “Virginia Street Art Festival looks for artists,” Dominga Murray, 1 June 2021 (link).
ABC3-WHSV, “Waynesboro YMCA to host 2020 Virginia Street Art Festival,” Patrick Huddleston (NBC29), 6 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).
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).
Blue Ridge Outdoors, “Take a WanderLove Road Trip Along the Blue Ridge Parkway to Waynesboro,” Wanderlove, 11 Aug 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 News Leader “Virginia Street Arts Fest returns to Basic City,” Traci Moyer, 28 Aug. 2016 (link).
The News Leader “Virginia Street Arts Fest returns to Basic City,” Monique Calello, 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).
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