About Us

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.

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FY14 Strauss Artist Grant recipient Yuriko Yamaguchi; detail of "End is Beginning;" 2013

The Arts Council distributes over $500,000 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.

We believe that the arts fuel a thriving, creative and economically strong community in Fairfax County. To accomplish this vision, the Arts Council fosters the creative community by:

Building the Capacity of the Arts

The Arts Council of Fairfax County offers professional development workshops to build the capacity of individual artists and to help arts administrators maintain and grow sustainable organizations, nourish existing and new programming, and develop new leaders with strong management skills.  Topics include arts education, financial management, fundraising, legal issues, grants, and marketing.

Celebrating Visionary Contributions in Fairfax County

Every fall over 350 business and arts leaders and elected officials come together at the Arts Council’s Arts Awards event to recognize the extraordinary contributions of artists and arts organizations, along with the individuals and businesses in Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, and the City of Falls Church that support them.

Connecting People of Diverse Backgrounds

Grants recipients offered over 2,600 arts programs in all disciplines that served more than 1.2 million people in FY2013. In FY15 the Arts Council will provide over $65,000 in grants through a Global Arts Initiative to support diverse cultural arts programs by Fairfax County’s ethnic and immigrant communities. This new initiative has been made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Investing in the Arts

Thanks to the Government of Fairfax County, the Arts Council awards over $500,000 annually in County funds to artists and arts organizations of all disciplines.

Nurturing Artists

The Arts Council provides artists of all ages with awards, capacity building workshops, grants, and temporary public art opportunities.

Promoting the Arts

The Arts Council spends more than $100,000 annually to promote and advocate for the arts in Fairfax County.

 

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.
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