Since 1984, Hope House Foundation has been the vision behind the Stockley Gardens Arts Festival. And now, the free event is a community tradition proudly presented by Towne Bank, and drawing more than 50,000 visitors annually.
Twice a year, on the third full weekend in May and October, people flock to Stockley Gardens in Norfolk’s historic Ghent neighborhood to browse through jewelry, pottery, paintings, and other works of art by over 130 artists. The park is full of strollers and dogs and tantalizing smells. Music drifts from the stage. Friends stop to chat. And throughout the weekend, there is a feeling of hope.
Stockley Gardens Arts Festivals are events that are put on by Hope House Foundation and also benefit the organization. The proceeds from these events helps pay for housing, transportation, medical care, and more for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. But of course, the events themselves benefit the entire community.