RVA Street Art Festival to reopen at Cary Street bus depot

Posted at 10:25 AM, Mar 10, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-10 10:25:07-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – The 2013 RVA Street Art Festival site will reopen to the public, GRTC Transit System confirmed Monday.

“GRTC is finalizing plans with RVA Street Art Festival LLC and will announce a grand re-opening event where the public will once again be able to tour the grounds and view the many exhibits,” GRTC Public Relations Manager Joan Straszewski wrote in an email.

The site closed after a security guard was beaten and robbed as he walked outside the art site.

In an effort to obtain new clues and develop new leads, Richmond Police released new video of the November 2013 beating of RVA Street Art security guard Jack Newsom.

Newsom, 68, has recovered from being black and blue in a late night beating and robbery last year, but the attack has taken a psychological toll that he says will scar him for the rest of his life.

Organizers of the RVA Street Art Festival presented Newsom an $8,000 check. The money was crowd sourced to help the 66-year-old security guard recover from the attack.