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News from Herndon

News from Herndon

Arts Herndon is now the official arts organization of the town of Herndon.

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Arts Council Participates in National Economic Impact Arts Study AEP5

Arts Council Participates in National Economic Impact Arts Study AEP5

We are excited to announce that the Arts Council of Fairfax County has officially joined Americans for the Arts’ latest national economic impact study, Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 (AEP5).  Our participation in this important research project will allow us to quantify the economic impact of the arts and culture industry in Fairfax County and the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church. We all know that our industry supports jobs, generates government revenue, and spurs cultural tourism.  In June of 2017, we’ll receive a final report on the impact our nonprofit arts and culture industry has on our local communities.

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Workshop: Audience Engagement in Three Acts; Mar 30

Workshop: Audience Engagement in Three Acts; Mar 30

In partnership with the Americans for the Arts’ National Arts Marketing Project the Franklin Park Arts Center invites arts administrators and marketing professionals for an audience engagement workshop on March 30, 2016.

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TEDxTysons Coming June 3, 2016; Apply to Speak

TEDxTysons Coming June 3, 2016; Apply to Speak

Join TEDxTysons on June 3rd 2016 for the inaugural TEDx with the theme “Future Tense?” at the TEGNA/Gannett building. This independently organized event focuses on "ideas worth spreading" and is operated under a license from TED. TEDxTysons will feature 8-12 of the region’s leading thinkers, innovators, artists, philosophers, and entertainers.

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Proposed VCA Budget Amendments

With the money committees soon to begin discussing budget amendments to the FY2017-FY2018 budget, now is the time to start contacting legislators.

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Office closed Tuesday January, 26, 2016

The Arts Council has closed its office for Tuesday, January 26th, 2016. Please check the Fairfax County government emergency information website at https://fairfaxcountyemergency.wordpress.com for weather and traffic updates.

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Office closed Monday January, 25, 2016

Office closed Monday January, 25, 2016

The Arts Council will close its office on Monday, January 25th, 2016. Please check the Fairfax County government emergency information website at https://fairfaxcountyemergency.wordpress.com for weather and traffic updates.

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Register for Art Works for Virginia 2016

Register for Art Works for Virginia 2016
On January 27th, the Virginia Commission for the Arts will host the Art Works for Virginia 2016 conference at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Creative people from all across the state will be there! Are you registered?
You and your group can register below for a discounted fee until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 22nd.

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10th Annual MLK Tribute Concert

10th Annual MLK Tribute Concert

10th Annual MLK Tribute Concert

The Reston Community Orchestra invites you to participate in honoring the life and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Saturday, January 16 with works by African-American composers.

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Magic Puppetry Festival Coming to McLean

Magic Puppetry Festival Coming to McLean

Two Companies Bring Their Magic To McLean For 2016 Puppetry Festival

Children can enjoy two puppet shows and learn how to make their own puppets at a  Puppetry Festival sponsored by The Alden in McLean on Saturday, Feb. 20. The event will be held in the Community Hall of the McLean Community Center (MCC) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and features performances by Crabgrass Puppets of Halifax, Vt., and New York City-based Jim West Puppets. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for MCC district residents. Infants and toddlers under the age of 2 will be admitted free of charge. MCC is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

Designed for children ages four and older, the festival consists of two, 45-minute shows along with self-guided puppet-making stations, where parents can assist their children in making a variety of puppets. The stations will be open for the duration of the festival.

Jim West Puppets will perform “Aesops Fables” at 10:30 a.m. Jim West and his partners, with the help of Aesop himself (and his faithful dog, Moral), will share the author’s famous fables, including “The Lion and the Mouse,” “The Tortoise and the Hare” and “The Fox and the Grapes.” This large-scale puppet production also features the music of Scarlatti, Beethoven and Chopin.

Crabgrass Puppets will present “African Adventure Tales” at 11:30 a.m. Two funny folktales from Africa come to life with stunning puppetry, spectacular scenery and infectious music. “Anansi and the Talking Melon” features the irrepressible trickster Anansi the Spider, who eats his way into Elephant's melon and becomes too bloated to get back out. “Koi and the Kola Nuts” is a humorous tale from Liberia in which the youngest son of a chief is cheated out of his inheritance; instead of his father’s riches, he receives just one small kola nut tree.

For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit: http://ow.ly/WLmhq or call 703-790-0123, TTY: 711.

About the Alden
Built in 1975, the 383-seat Robert Ames Alden Theatre, “The Alden,” is a cultural resource for the citizens of McLean and the Washington Metropolitan area that presents a full professional season of interdisciplinary and high-quality performances, lectures and educational programs for audiences of all ages. The Alden is ADA-compliant and will make arrangements for accommodations. To request this information in an alternate format, call 703-790-0123, TTY: 711, or visit: www.aldentheatre.org.

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Arts Advocacy Kick-Off Event; Jan 21, 2016

Arts Advocacy Kick-Off Event; Jan 21, 2016

Please join the Arts Council of Fairfax County for our Arts Advocacy Kick-Off Event on Thursday, January 21, 2016, from 5:30-7:30pm — in preparation for local, state, and federal arts advocacy efforts in 2016.

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2015 ArtStars Awardees

2015 ArtStars Awardees

Virginians for the Arts announced the 2015 ArtStars honorees.  The Northern Virginia Youth Winds, the youth division of the City of Fairfax Band Association, is the winner of a Rising Star award, with a cash prize of $1,000. The band consists of two audition-based ensembles, the Symphonic Winds (grades 9-12) and Junior Winds (6-8). Participants include advanced brass, woodwind and percussion students from public, private and parochial schools as well as home school teaching environments. Two music directors lead the program supported by four additional instructors. The Youth Winds typically prepare and perform up to 20 works each season with a repertoire that provides a level of intensity and demand that exceeds the curriculum of most school bands.

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Opportunities in the Arts

Opportunities in the Arts

Once a month the Arts Council is publishing  a newsletter with  information and opportunities for individual artists and arts administrators in Fairfax County and the Washington metropolitan area.

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Can’t get enough of Nutcracker?

nutcracker 2015Can’t get enough of Nutcracker? Here is your ultimate holiday guide to performances of Tchaikovsky’s holiday masterpiece 'The Nutcracker.'

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Community Feedback Forum: Original Mount Vernon High School Oct 21

This is a great opportunity for arts organizations or artist collectives in need of space to provide feedback to a community taskforce.

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Opportunities in the Arts

Opportunities in the Arts

Every month, we are publishing an opportunities e-newsletter and blog-post for individual artists and arts administrators. You can send us your news and opportunities to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will blog or retweet them. Post to our Facebook or Twitter account and use the hashtag #artsfx.

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Experience the art of Haunted Oct 24

Experience the art of Haunted Oct 24

Epicure Café and The Bunnyman Bridge Collective present Haunted. Experience the art of Haunted and awaken to a world of dreamlore, monsters, and apparitions filled with spirited and evocative imagery. What fears plague your mind as these autumn nights grow longer? What visions reveal your most ominous desires? What beauty possesses and consumes your entire existence?

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Strauss Artist Grant workshop Nov 18

Strauss Artist Grant workshop Nov 18

The Arts Council of Fairfax County is pleased to announce the annual Strauss Artist Grant program for individual artists. Artists in all disciplines including visual arts, creative writing, theatre, dance performance, choreography, film, new media, music composition, and music performance are eligible to apply.  To see a list of past winners, visit http://artsfairfax.org/strauss-artist-grants/recipients. Each year, three artists are selected for the $5,000 awards.

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2 Dance Scholarship Winners Announced

2 Dance Scholarship Winners Announced

Two Fairfax County high school seniors won $1,000 dance scholarships at the Virginia Dance Coalition (VADC) Sixth Annual Gala, A Celebration of Dance, on Saturday, October 3, 2015. The Gala, held at the Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Campus theatre, is a Northern Virginia celebratory dance arts event.

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Wolf Trap Looks Ahead to Continued Growth

Wolf Trap Looks Ahead to Continued Growth

Here are some great news from Wolf Trap.

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