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Image Credit: Group shot of Gallery goers from BITE: identity and humor, juried by Jefferson Pinder in 2011; Photo Credit: Greater Reston Arts Center

Founded in 1964, the Arts Council of Fairfax County, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization designated as Fairfax County's local arts agency. It is the only umbrella organization serving and representing all forms of art in Fairfax County.

Programs and initiatives that support our mission include our grant programs, arts advocacy, our arts education services, and professional development opportunities for artists and arts organizations. On behalf of Fairfax County, the Arts Council awards $490,981 in grants to arts organizations and individual artists in the County each year.  In FY13 the Arts Council awarded 62 organizations and 3 artists, funded over 2600 performances and activities, which were attended by over 1.2 million people. The Arts Council also serves as an advocate for our community's artists, arts organizations, and cultural facilities. Since 2010 the Arts Council has been leading an innovative and comprehensive Master Arts Plan to improve arts access for residents and visitors to the County. The Arts Council is funded in part by Fairfax County, corporations, foundations, individuals, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

According to the most recent Americans for the Arts study "Arts & Economic Prosperity IV," the nonprofit arts and culture are a $79.3 million industry in Fairfax County—one that generates $2.4 million in local taxes and $4.9 million in combined local and state government revenue. The arts are essential to a thriving community, creating a sense of place and fueling social and economic growth.

Vision Statement

The arts fuel a thriving, creative, and economically strong community in Fairfax County.

Mission Statement

The Arts Council of Fairfax County is the voice of the arts, dedicated to fostering dynamic and diverse local arts, ensuring that arts thrive by providing vision, leadership, capacity building services, advocacy, funding, education, and information.

Our Values

  • The arts are transformative and fundamental to our lives, developing expression and analytic skills in people of all ages.
  • The arts promote social engagement and understanding that connect people of different backgrounds, ethnicities and experiences.
  • The arts are essential to a thriving community, creating a sense of place and fueling social and economic growth.
  • In order to thrive, the arts need an investment mix of public, private and consumer resources.

You can download our board approved strategic plan here (2009).

You can download our FY13 audit and 990 here.

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