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Family Fest¬

Family Fest

Photo by Lindsay Collette

FAMILY FEST

Sunday, April 14, 2024
10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Virginia MOCA

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Family Fest offers a unique opportunity for all ages to create, explore, and connect with art. Join Virginia MOCA as we celebrate our current exhibitions with inspired artmaking and an exciting lineup of local guests. Marvel at artist demonstrations by regional makers, peruse an outdoor market, and engage with a variety of educational resources and creative activities. You’ll also enjoy live performances, on-site food trucks, a dedicated sensory-friendly space with guided meditation, and more! 

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FAMILY FEST FEATURED FRIENDS

Virginia Beach Public Library  
First Landing State Park  
Miss Wonderland’s Curiosities  
The Wandering Makers 
Norfolk Botanical Garden  
VBGIGs  

FEATURED FOOD TRUCKS

Sour Street Pizza 
Moontide Sundries 


DENDÊ  AND BAND | Presented in partnership with VBGIGS and the Mamadêlê Foundation 

Performance Times
10:30–11:00 AM 
12:30–2:00 PM 

Dendê and Band will bring Carnival to Virginia Beach!  This tropical, traditional-meets-funkadelic extravaganza will have you grooving to the sounds of Brasil. Dendê will also host a solo Recycled Sounds demo and performance in honor of Earth Day. 


Healing Meditation | YogiLoni 

11:00–11:15 AM
11:30–11:45 AM
12:00–12:15 PM 

Join YogiLoni in the Rodriguez Pavilion for 15-minute sessions of vibrational healing (sounds), guided meditation, and light stretching.


OUTDOOR MAKER’S MARKET | The Wandering Makers 

Fairy Hair Garden 
Pangea Jewelry & Accessories 
CreativeCeliac  
SHill Creations Studio  
Forn Bath & Beauty 
Grace Yourself LLC 
Dainty And Dazzled 
Juju’s Magick  
Booteful Botanicals & Orchids  
Naturally Inspired Botanics 
Fun Funky Mixed Media 
The Messie Artist 
Coastal Castings, LLC 
Petal Bloom Grow Gardens LLC 
Abundanseeds 
Joysicles Gourmet Pops 
Three Bears Bakery 
Salty Sea Co.  
La Lolita Vintage 
Scallywag Supply 
The Hoarde Co 
LP ArtCreations 
Katherine Leanne Designs 
The Bohemian Heart 
Hampton Roads Photography 

EXHIBITION

Mark Dion and Alexis Rockman: Journey to Nature's Underworld

Mark Dion and Alexis Rockman: Journey to Nature's Underworld

Mark Dion and Alexis Rockman: Journey to Nature’s Underworld unites over 30 sculptures and paintings by two renowned artists who have explored humanity’s strained relationship with the environment for over 30 years. Both Dion and Rockman have achieved international prominence for their own distinctive practices. They conduct intensive research, using allegory, dark humor, and popular culture to convey their message. Each subverts the authority and objectivity of museums of art and natural history. They ground their studio practice in science and close observation but present it as theater.

The title, “Journey to Nature’s Underworld,” holds various meanings, including mythic abodes, archaeology, Earth’s subsurface, and unconscious beliefs about nature. Dion and Rockman reflect on our culture’s harmful course, balancing the wonder and woe of nature’s condition.

Mark Dion and Alexis Rockman: Journey to Nature’s Underworld was curated by Suzanne Ramljak Chief Curator of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and organized by the American Federation of Arts.

February 9, 2024-June 9, 2024

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