Virginia Arts Festival
Mayor McKinley Price and City Manager Jim Bourey, in partnership with the Authority, continued its tradition of hosting a fundraising luncheon in support of the Virginia Arts Festival’s annual Memorial Day concert at City Center, and the World Arts Celebration. During the luncheon, Festival leadership briefed an audience of corporate executives on the Festival’s mission, activities and educational pursuits benefiting the Hampton Roads community.
The 2016 Memorial Day concert featured the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band, along with the Arsenal Brass Band. In its second year, the World Arts Celebration (a production of the Virginia Arts Festival in collaboration with the City and Sister Cities of Newport News) was held in July and highlighted music, food and culture from around the globe. The Celebration recognized the various cultures of Newport News citizens and served as a reminder of how those cultures have positively impacted the community. Both events were widely attended and enjoyed.