Since our beginning in January 1917, the Norfolk Society of Arts has supported arts and culture in the Hampton Roads community. Our primary emphasis is now placed on our world class lecture series, which is free and open to the public, and on continued financial support for the Chrysler Museum of Art.
Our Society has a rich and storied history. The committed efforts of the Norfolk Society of Arts, “NSA,” led to the 1933 opening of the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences. This became the Chrysler Museum of Art in 1971 when Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. gave his outstanding art collection to the City of Norfolk for the museum’s permanent collection.
The Norfolk Society of Arts, in its capacity as a community supporter, was also instrumental in founding the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra, the Norfolk Little Theatre and the Tidewater Artists Association.
The NSA has supported the Chrysler Museum of Art by:
gifting the museum 45 works of art to-date
donating funds for sound systems for Huber Court and the Kaufman Theater
donating funds for the renovation of the museum’s conservation library
providing funds for Norfolk public school visits
providing funds for a digital asset management system
contributing to the publication of a major glass catalog and another catalog to accompany the groundbreaking exhibit on Thomas Jefferson
in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of Walter Chrysler, Jr’s gift of his outstanding art collection to the city of Norfolk, the NSA established a conservation Endowment Fund that will go towards conservation of works donated by Mr. Chrysler.
*For more information about the fund, please click here.