Isn’t Norfolk lucky to have one of the most vibrant and dynamic arts communities in the world?

Well . . . luck actually doesn’t have much to do with it. Our city’s arts center was built brick by brick and star by star thanks to the talent, hard work and generosity of the community — including so many of our wonderful Harbor’s Edge residents.

Hundreds of our residents have been loyal supporters, participants, patrons and volunteers in the arts community. The gleaming Chrysler Hall, owned and operated by the City of Norfolk, is the crown jewel. The hall, located downtown right next to the Norfolk Scope Arena, serves as a cultural focal point for the city. Chrysler Hall has been Norfolk’s premier performing arts center since its grand opening in 1972, hosting more than 140 events annually for more than 150,000 patrons a year.

Groups calling Chrysler Hall home include the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Norfolk Forum, Virginia Arts Festival, Broadway in Norfolk, Generic Theater (Norfolk’s “off-Broadway” playhouse) and Stage Left Lounge (an upgrade on select performances).

How many of your most treasured memories include enjoying concerts, ballets, operas, plays and so much more in this beautiful, one-of-a-kind facility? We’d love to hear your reminiscences. Have you performed in the theater? Have you watched your children’s talents blossom there? Is it the site of some of your most treasured holiday memories? Please share!

And please consider supporting Chrysler Hall now in whatever capacity you can — as a participant, volunteer, donor and/or patron for one or more of the organizations it showcases. These stellar, world-class arts organizations provide so much joy for those on stage, behind the scenes and in the audience. They enrich our community in ways that are simply incalculable. What would life be without art? Let’s keep it going strong for future generations, shall we? There are so many more memories to be made!

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Author, Julie Deriso

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