Launched in May, 2021, The Persimmon Project facilitates the creation of murals featuring native flora and fauna in both public and private spaces in Northern Virginia. The project is named for the persimmon (Diospyros virginiana), a native fruit, which can be eaten after the first frost of the year. The Persimmon Project will pair visual art and biology to engage the region in lasting aesthetic and educational experiences and an ongoing effort in meaningful place-making.
The arts committee shall develop requests for proposals to local and regional artists and serve as the selection panel, along with guest jurors. The artists will reflect the skill and diversity found in Northern Virginia and surrounding areas.
The science committee shall guide selected artists to resources for instruction and inspiration for their work, and provide information for the benefit of the constituents at each mural site regarding the species in that mural.
Locations of interest include parks, public and private schools, higher learning campuses, faith-based communities, restaurants, nurseries, training centers teaching culinary arts, landscaping, sustainability, and other relevant skills, as well as other businesses.
For anyone who believes in the power of arts, the need for the rehabilitation of and sharing knowledge about native species, and creating community.