With the passage of the Visual and Performing Arts Amendment to the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan in May 2010, the Arts Council began planning for the Master Arts Plan. The Board of Supervisors tasked the Arts Council of Fairfax County, as the official arts agency for the county, with the collaborative leadership of the Master Arts Plan. A preliminary Task Force of Arts Council Board members, community representatives, and government officials have begun to discuss the next steps including resources and mapping, funding strategies, formation of a countywide network of advisors, and a timeline for activity.
The Task Force has recommended a decentralized approach with input from all nine Magisterial Districts, arts disciplines, non-profit and for profit organizations, businesses, and other entities that support arts and culture in Fairfax County. We recognize the need for community engagement and will be expanding the Task Force within the next year.
It will take time to properly survey the community and develop an innovative and comprehensive approach. Given the size and exponential growth of Fairfax County, we expect that this process will extend well into the future.
In the meantime, the information provided on this page provides a glimpse into the exciting future for the arts in Fairfax County.
The Filene Center at Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
To expand community access to and engagement in arts and culture by planning cultural facilities and public art throughout Fairfax County that reflect its diversity, consider existing facilities, and respond to future growth.
The Master Arts plan promotes the intersections between community, creativity, the arts, economic vitality, and cultural diversity in Fairfax County.
- Where arts facilities reflect the distinct personalities of our diverse communities.
- Where public art enhances our special places and enriches everyday life.
- Where residents explore their creativity in environments that inspire them.
- Where artists create, perform, and live.
Assess the needs of multidisciplinary arts organizations and artists, the community, government, and businesses in all nine Magisterial Districts to develop and implement a plan for the future of the arts in Fairfax County.