The Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in 1964 as Fairfax County’s designated local arts agency and is funded in part by Fairfax County, corporations, foundations, individuals, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Arts Council 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.
FY14 Strauss Artist Grant recipient Yuriko Yamaguchi; detail of "End is Beginning;" 2013
The Arts Council distributes over $550,000 annually in County, public, and private funds through competitive grants and awards to arts organizations and artists of all disciplines; conducts arts and culture research and advocacy efforts on behalf of the arts; provides capacity building resources to the arts community; and offers arts information resources to the general public.
The arts fuel a thriving, creative, and economically strong community in Fairfax County.
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.
- 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 building communities, 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.