Norfolk – Cultural Capital of Virginia

Norfolk, “Cultural Capital of Virginia,” Anticipates Dynamic 2015

In his 2014 State of the City address, Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim reaffirmed the City of Norfolk’s position as the “Cultural Capital of the Commonwealth,” …

In his 2014 State of the City address, Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim reaffirmed the City of Norfolk’s position as the “Cultural Capital of the Commonwealth,” acknowledging that the local cultural arts community has contributed significantly to the city’s economy. The Norfolk Commission on the Arts and Humanities reports art is a $19 million dollar industry and the City of Norfolk makes a noteworthy investment in the arts, reaping a remarkable return on its investment. For every dollar the City invests into the arts and humanities organizations, grantees raised more than $20.00, a 2,000 percent return. With the 2015 cultural arts calendar already burgeoning with activity, the Commission expects a prolific new arts year.

No other city in Virginia, and few of any cities its size, offer the breadth and level of arts programming that Norfolk enjoys. The City has garnered both national and international accolades for its support of the arts. It has earned a stellar reputation that attracts tourists worldwide, dramatically contributing to the local economy and enhancing the educational experience of both novice and seasoned artists. The city’s support of the arts and its myriad forms (e.g., public art, theatre, opera, music, visual arts, dance, etc.) is unrivaled in the region.

The Norfolk Commission on the Arts and Humanities has every expectation of a prolific, bountiful and inspired 2015.

  • Norfolk arts groups created more than 480 full and part-time jobs in 2014.
  • The city received direct revenues of nearly $693,000 in admissions taxes, facility rental and parking.
  • More than 102,500 children experienced memorable interactive performances and education programs.
  • Tidewater Arts Outreach (TAO) alone brought 48 art programs to nursing homes, hospitals, and homeless shelters.
  • The Park Place Child Life Center’s Annual Art Festival had 3,000 attendees.

As one participant in the Bay Youth Orchestra stated, “Thank you so much for supporting Bay Youth! It is my first year here, and it is very fun and a great experience! Thank you for supporting us and giving me the chance to become a better musician, a better person.”

NPD Will Evaluate Your Home’s Security–FREE!

From the Norfolk Police Crime Prevention Section

My name is Roger Whitley and I am currently assigned to the Norfolk Police Crime Prevention Section. I have been with the Norfolk Police Department for 19 years where I have served on the Marine Unit, as a Community Resource Officer, on the bicycle patrol, and as a patrol officer.

Several of my job duties include Neighborhood Watch Coordinator, Residential Security Surveys Coordinator, and NPD TRIAD representative. I believe that Nextdoor is an excellent way for the police and citizens to partner in making the neighborhoods of Norfolk safer.

One of the programs we offer for you are security surveys where I will come to your residence and inspect doors, locks, windows, and alarms to make sure everything works properly. We also want to make sure you have the best and most secure one to fit your needs. We use a checklist and go over aspects of your home both inside and out. Once the survey is completed I will provide you with a written assessment several days later detailing the survey. This is a free service so please contact me to schedule one.

Also from time to time I will be sending out crime prevention tips to include larcenies from automobiles, auto theft prevention and other related topics.

As the Neighborhood Watch Coordinator, I urge you to become active in your neighborhood watch. If you do not have one in your neighborhood or are unsure if there is one please let me know. I can give you the contact person or we can discuss forming one. It is a win-win because it is all about neighbors helping neighbors.

I look forward to working with everyone and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Officer Roger Whitley
Norfolk Police Crime Prevention Section
(757) 664-6936

Leaves, Leaves and more Leaves!

In order for ‪#‎norfolkVA’s street sweepers to do their job, residents are reminded to never intentionally rake, blow, or pile leaves into their curb line. Sweepers are not designed to pick-up these leaf mounds, and they often hide limbs, brick, rocks & other large debris that can severely damage sweepers. When sweepers encounter large piles of vegetative debris in the curb line, they will bypass them, similar to a parked vehicle.
Norfolk’s Waste Management makes it easy for you to dispose of fall leaves in 3 easy steps:
1. Rake leaves into clear plastic bags
2. Place bagged leaves out for your regular trash collection day
3. Watch Waste Management haul the leaves away
Keeping Norfolk’s roadways leaf-free takes team work! The City appreciates your efforts to keep our communities looking-good for everyone to enjoy!