Organizers: This is the ‘largest paint night’ in Virginia Beach

Southside Daily/Courtesy of The ViBe District)
Southside Daily/Courtesy of The ViBe District)

VIRGINIA BEACH — The ViBe Creative District, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art and Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs Office are planning The People’s Pour, in what organizers tag as the city’s largest paint party.

The event is on Oct. 10. Organizers said it will celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month. The community is invited to create 100 new artworks in one night at the The People’s Pour event, according to a news release from the ViBe Creative District.

Participants don’t need to worry about bringing paint supplies because all materials will be provided at the event. No experience is necessary and all ages welcome. You can take your artwork home with you, too.

The People’s Pour event is free and open to the public and will take place between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Oct. 10 at Virginia MOCA, 2200 Parks Ave. – donations are encouraged to support the ViBe Creative District nonprofit, organizers said.

Participants are encouraged to come early or stay late to enjoy, free admission to MOCA’s galleries, art activities, yard games, a cash bar and local cuisine from Prosperity Kitchen & Pantry.

The event is supported in part by the ViBe Creative District’s partners at Virginia Beach Arts, the city and Visit Virginia Beach. Paints have been donated by DecoArt.

Before you go:

  • Reservations are required to claim your canvas and spot for the artist-led acrylic pouring painting. Participants will receive a 6-inch square canvas, paints and all materials required for the activity; participants keep their canvas.

  • Register online here.

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John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.