Show Us Your LOVE of Virginia Beach And Win a FREE Valentine's Day Dinner for Two

Thursday, January 31, 2019

​The ViBe Creative District nonprofit and the Virginia Beach Office of Cultural Affairs are encouraging the public to “Show Us Your LOVE” of Virginia Beach by participating in a LOVE-themed social media challenge that ends on Feb. 13. The photography campaign gives the public an opportunity to show off what they love about Virginia Beach while celebrating the first 3D LOVEwork in Virginia Beach — one of over 100 artworks throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia celebrating the “Virginia is for Lovers” slogan.

How to participate:

  1. Pick up a LOVEwork Sticker at any participating ViBe Creative District business, the Oceanfront Library or the Sandler Center Box Office in Town Center.
  2. Take a photo holding one of ViBe's LOVEwork stickers in front of your favorite person, place or thing in Virginia Beach and/or take a photo with the LOVEwork located next to the Oceanfront Area Library at 18th Street and Cypress Avenue in the ViBe Creative District.
  3. Post the photo on your Facebook or Instagram account and be sure to tag ViBe (@ViBeCreativeDistrict on Facebook or @thevibecreativedistrict on Instagram) and Virginia Beach Arts (@VirginiaBeachArts on Facebook or @vabeacharts on Instagram). BONUS points for tagging #showusyourlove or #loveva.
  4. On Feb. 13 at 6 p.m., two grand prize winners will be chosen — one from Instagram and one from Facebook. Each winner will receive a $100 gift card to the ViBe restaurant of their choice, just in time to take a loved one out for Valentine's Day!

Additionally, five honorable mention award winners will receive a FREE ViBe T-shirt and $10 gift card to their choice of favorite coffee in the ViBe Creative District. All winners will be announced and tagged on ViBe Creative District's Facebook and Instagram pages for notification. If you are a winner, email info@vibecreativedistrict.org to coordinate prize pick-up.

A brief overview of the LOVEwork:
The public unveiling for the ViBe Creative District's LOVEwork (Virginia Beach's first 3D LOVEwork) took place on Aug. 11, 2018 and was attended by approximately 200 people. The LOVEwork was designed by Virginia Beach resident and graphic designer Chesley De Leon and fabricated by local sign experts Signs of Success. Sponsored by grants from the Virginia Tourism Corporation and the Virginia Beach Office of Cultural Affairs, the artwork was inspired by Virginia Beach icons and installed on public property at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront Library at the corner of 18th Street and Cypress Avenue.

In order to spread the message that "Virginia Beach is for Lovers" and to spark community pride, the LOVEwork was printed as a custom sticker. With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, the ViBe Creative District nonprofit decided to expand on the theme of love and create the "Show Us Your LOVE of Virginia Beach" social media campaign to debut the stickers.

"I have shared what I love about Virginia Beach through my design but now it is the public's turn to share what they love in a fun and engaging way," says De Leon, graphic designer of the LOVEwork.

The artist says of the artwork design: "The L has the ViBe logo and a paintbrush to represent the growing and vibrant Creative District, which is also the home base for the LOVEwork. The O depicts the city's most popular attraction and my favorite place to be, the beach. The V is a rainbow-colored peace sign that represents the city's diverse, friendly and easygoing atmosphere. The E has the Town Center logo, which depicts The Westin and the Armada Hoffler Tower to represent the urban life."

"We hope that LOVEwork becomes a well-known and recognizable symbol of Virginia Beach's first arts district," said Kate Pittman, executive director of the ViBe Creative District. "It is just one of the many wonderful examples of the City of Virginia Beach's and Office of Cultural Affairs' efforts to support local artists."

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About the ViBe Creative District
The ViBe Creative District nonprofit is a 501(c)3 that exists to promote, support, connect and inspire the creative industries to boost our local economy, grow jobs and enhance our quality of life. It works to create and revive economic vibrancy in our neighborhood with a remarkable local vibe. Additionally, ViBe strives to enhance a place of discovery for locals and visitors along with economic vitality to meet the City of Virginia Beach's vision for a quality resort destination. For more information on please visit www.ViBeCreativeDistrict.org, email info@ViBeCreativeDistrict.org, call 757-202-9533 or follow ViBe Creative District on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ViBeCreativeDistrict and Instagram at www.instagram.com/thevibecreativedistrict.

About Virginia Beach Arts
Named one of the best places to live in America by USA Today Weekend, Virginia Beach offers its residents, and millions of tourists who visit annually, a lifestyle unmatched by any other major American city. Virginia Beach has a growing arts scene with impressive cultural venues, emerging and exciting creative sector businesses, public art, outdoor music and arts festivals, and distinctive arts districts. The role of the Office of Cultural Affairs is to develop the vision and direction of the cultural arts in Virginia Beach, assist and direct the Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission, coordinate the city's Public Art Program, provide contract management for the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, serve as the liaison with Virginia MOCA and the ViBe Creative District, and serve as a resource to local arts and humanities organizations. Virginia Beach Arts and the Office of Cultural Affairs support programs and services that build our community and transform lives by enhancing enjoyment, understanding and participation in the arts. Visit www.vbpublicart.org for information and a map of the city's public art. Check out www.vbgov.com/arts to learn more about the City's Office of Cultural Affairs.

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LOVE sticker created in partnership by the ViBe Creative District and Virginia Beach Arts.

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A recent walking tour group posing for a group selfie in front of the LOVEwork in the ViBe District.

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Photo of the LOVEwork sticker taken at the Chesapeake Bay.

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