Art materials used by Made in VA 2022 artists. Photo by Lindsay Collette.

OCTOBER 8, 2022–FEBRUARY 5, 2023

ARTlab is our interactive space for all ages located off of our main galleries. Explore the main themes and ideas found in our current exhibitions Made in VA 2022 and More Than Shelter through making, sharing, and personal connections.

ARTlab consists of hands-on low-tech interactives including art making, a response station, a visitor poll, and other participatory activities. The space often includes artist material samples, process images, audio, and video. Each ARTlab also contains a Virginia MOCA Mini Library and reading nook, in partnership with the Virginia Beach Public Library which offers a selection of books that give insight into the art, ideas, and themes in the current exhibitions. Local artists are also commissioned to hand paint the title murals for each interactive, bringing more original art into the museum. This exhibition cycle, our ARTlab muralist is Cherilyn Colbert.

Made in VA People's Choice Award

Cast your vote

October 8, 2022–February 5, 2023

Vote for your favorite work of art featured in Made in VA! The artist with the most votes at the end of the exhibition will be awarded the Made in VA People's Choice Award and receive a cash prize.

A Shelter for the Soul

Photo Booth Mural

October 8, 2022–February 5, 2023

Take a picture in front of artist Cherilyn Colbert's energetic mural with our wall-mounted iPad to capture and share a memory from your visit!

Social Fabric

Artmaking Activity

October 8, 2022–February 5, 2023

Learn about what “social fabric” means and then think about ways you can build trust and connection within your community! Write or draw your response on a strip of fabric to weave into our hand-built chicken wire houses.


Artist Process

October 8, 2022–February 5, 2023

Select Made in VA artists share insight into their artistic process through a display of images, objects, materials, sketchbooks, notes, and more. This space highlights contemporary artmaking practices and the innovative and creative materials used to create.

VBPL Mini Library

Cozy up with a book

October 8, 2022–February 5, 2023

Want to know what we're reading right now? Go deeper into the themes of our current exhibitions with a selection of specially curated books courtesy of our community partners The Virginia Beach Public Library.

Where do you belong?

Response Wall

October 8, 2022–February 5, 2023

Shelter provides for our physical and psychological needs. When a person feels safe, welcome, and accepted, they can find connection and belonging. That sense of belonging can be found in a home, a community, and with those who love us for who we are. With this response wall, you can write or draw about a time when you felt like you belonged.

Yes in my neighborhood

Myth versus Fact Wall

October 8, 2022–February 5, 2023

Yes in my neighborhood! This informative interactive addresses five myths surrounding affordable housing. Open the doors to reveal the facts.