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Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art and Virginia Wesleyan University Unveil Plans for Groundbreaking Partnership

Artist rendering of the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art's new state of the art building on the campus of Virginia Wesleyan University in Virginia Beach

Project News and Updates

MARCH 12, 2024

Press Release

Virginia MOCA and VWU Provide Project Update to City Council Including Building Sneak Peek

The new building will support Virginia MOCA’s strategic plan to transform the Museum into a regional educational resource and hub of creativity and innovation, serving as a cultural landmark for the region, a vibrant gathering place where people of all walks can experience contemporary art in deeper and more interdisciplinary ways.

JULY 25, 2023

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The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (Virginia MOCA) and Virginia Wesleyan University (VWU) proudly announce their collaboration on the construction of a state-of-the-art facility to be built on the University’s Virginia Beach campus. This monumental partnership is a major leap forward for the arts and education in the Hampton Roads community and beyond.

Our new home will serve as a hub for creativity and innovation, a vibrant gathering place where people of all walks can experience contemporary art in deeper and more interdisciplinary ways. With an inventive design and versatile spaces, the facility will enable us to host a range of exhibitions, performances, and educational programs for visitors and students of all ages. Its central location will make Virginia MOCA even more accessible, allowing us to better connect with and strengthen the fabric of the Hampton Roads community and beyond.

Educate. Connect. Serve.

We will be able to achieve so much more in our amazing new home on the campus of VWU.

Virginia MOCA already works closely with schools in Virginia Beach and throughout our region to educate students through innovative programming centered on the outstanding contemporary art we bring to our museum. Now we can provide those experiences for and with VWU students and faculty. Our new home will be much more than a building—it will be, in effect, an incredible new classroom. In it, we will conduct the very best interdisciplinary, experiential learning using the most vibrant art of our time. We will create new arts undergraduate and graduate programs and help VWU faculty use art as an inspirational tool for other academic disciplines. By engaging students of all ages and backgrounds, we will help shape the future leaders of the world through the power of art.

Virginia MOCA excels at drawing in our diverse community to experience art and art education. All ages, races, and cultures meet within our walls to experience art and explore what it means to them. We promote dialogue about the issues that matter in our region and our society. Our new home at VWU will be a vibrant gathering place for understanding, compassion, and community. It will be a flexible space, accessible for all, to come together and understand each other and our time, using the power of contemporary art—in all its timeliness, restlessness, and beauty.

Virginia MOCA will continue to elevate the city of Virginia Beach and our region. We are grateful for the ongoing support we receive from the Virginia Beach City Council and our wonderful relationship with the Virginia Beach City Manager’s office. And our economic impact is considerable: we bring visitors to our city, who then go to restaurants, hotels, and other attractions. Studies show that public money invested in Virginia MOCA yields a 300% return. We are proud that investment in Virginia MOCA pays off.

But our cultural impact is even greater than our economic impact. Our work strengthens the fabric of our community. Our work brings people together and brings beauty and joy to our community.

And we view these economic and cultural impacts as our responsibility to Virginia Beach and indeed to the entire state of Virginia. We serve the community by doing what only we can: we use contemporary art to bring people together and elevate our quality of life. This amazing new facility and our new affiliation with VWU will enable us to meet that responsibility even more fully for years to come.

We are so very excited to take this incredible leap forward for the arts and education in our region. This collaboration between Virginia MOCA and VWU will only increase the impacts we have in our community, and we invite you all to join us on this incredible journey.