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 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 project is named for the persimmon (Diospyros virginiana), a native fruit, which can be eaten after the first frost of the year.
We are woman-owned organization based in Fairfax, Virginia.
Full Service Mural Project
You want public art, we take care of it from relevant concept to ribbon cutting.
Sites will receive recommendations based on your space and the community you serve, budget and timeline creation, research, development and distribution of RFP for artists, curation, and project oversight.
For those ready for a mural and looking for some assistance with finding the right artists. We can provide access to artists or development of an RFP and leave the rest to you.
The artwork selection process will always be a partnership between Persimmon Project and our mural sites.
Locations of interest
Parks, schools, universities, and training centers, faith-based communities, private residences, nurseries and garden centers, eateries, real estate developments, and other public and private spaces.
We respond to RFPs and calls for murals as an artist team, tapping into our portfolio of artist clients who best fit the need described in the proposal. Invitations for submissions are welcome.
The Art Committee are a group of creatives helping guide our efforts. They may assist in the development and distribution of RFPs and serve on art selection panels. Members of the Art Committee are equipped to create murals for Persimmon Project clients.
The Science Committee guides our artists to visual resources for instruction and inspiration. The Science Committee also provides information regarding the species in each mural to each site for the benefit of the community they serve.
Sarah Berry believes public art belongs everywhere, even in the suburbs. She has 15+ years of experience producing cultural events, curating in traditional and non-traditional spaces, and building community through meaningful arts engagement.
Sarah makes photo-based and nature-inspired art and loves sauntering in the woods with her husband and their children.