FY13 Strauss Artist Grant recipient Rebecca Kamen; Fluid # 8, © 2011; Acrylic on mylar and fiberglass rods; 18” x 32” x 4.5”
On behalf of Fairfax County, the Arts Council awards over $500,000 in County funds to artists and arts organizations of all disciplines. In FY16, the Arts Council awarded $529,000 and $1,710,271 in funding was requested.
- Awarded 75 grants to 50 arts organizations and 3 individual artists;
- Funded over 9,000 performances and activities;
- Attended by over 700,000 people.
“The arts are essential to a thriving community, creating a sense of place and fueling social and economic growth.” Linda S. Sullivan, President & CEO, Arts Council of Fairfax County.
The Arts Council awards grants to Fairfax County artists and arts organizations in the following areas: Fast Track Grants, Operating Support, Project Support, and Organizational and Professional Development. The Arts Council offers one grant program, the Strauss Artist Grants, for individual artists.
"The Strauss Artist Grant enabled me to start on a new male duet I had been wanting to create, which will be previewed in our October 19 event with BalletNova as their new Resident Company. It will continue to be developed into a dance film short. The Strauss Fellowship helped me initiate these projects, which will be a part of Chamber Dance Project's season next June.”
Diane Coburn Bruning, 2013 Strauss Award Recipient and Artistic Director, Chamber Dance Project
In 2006, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors established a community funding pool for arts and cultural organizations serving citizens of Fairfax County through a grant to the Arts Council of Fairfax County. As a result, the Arts Council awards over $500,000 yearly to support Fairfax County artists and arts organizations.