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Artwork Sought For New Co-Working Space in Newport News

NEWPORT NEWS—The City of Newport News is looking for artists to participate in the inaugural art exhibit that will be located within the new co-working space known as The Offices @ Two Five and J. The “Uncommon Area” art display will celebrate the talent of Newport News artists and the style, flavor, and rich history of the Southeast Community. Each work should reflect the artist’s personal perspective and appreciation for the lively and bustling treasure that is Downtown Newport News.

The Offices @ Two Five J is a new business hub where small businesses and entrepreneurs will have access to a shared office facility and business assistance resources. Those who utilize the space will have access to hot desks, dedicated desks and/or private offices, along with amenities such as a meeting room, Internet access, copying, printing, and mailing addresses, and other services.

“We are in the process now of outfitting the space and wrapping up the remaining construction items,” said Derek E. Perry, AICP, Economic Development Manager for the City of Newport News. “We plan to have the facility operational and accepting clients by the end of May.”

The Offices @ Two Five J will provide support through membership opportunities to small businesses and entrepreneurs, as well as those looking to transition home-based businesses. Fifty percent of the dedicated desk and private office space will be reserved for Newport News residents that are establishing a business and living in the 23607 zip code so The Offices will be accessible to and directly support the community in which it is located.

Artwork submitted for the art display will be selected by a committee of local business professionals and residents who encourage, promote, and support entrepreneurship, arts, and culture in the city. All selected works will be on display from June 1–November 30, 2021, with an opportunity to be sold to any interested parties.

“The Newport News Economic Development Authority partnered with the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center to facilitate a call for artists for The Office @ Two Five and J,” said Perry. “We really want the art decorating the space to be reflective of the community and are looking forward to seeing the submissions.”

Artist applications must be submitted by Friday, May 14. Information and details on how to apply online can be found here, or applicants can call 757-247-8950 for questions.

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