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Arts Council Recognized for Innovative Public Art

Arts Council Recognized for Innovative Public Art

Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Network selected the Arts Council’s Imagine Art Here: Tysons Tiles by artist Julia Vogl for its 2015 Year in Review program.

The Arts Council was recognized by Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Network (PAN) Year in Review program for its visionary Imagine Art Here: Tysons Tiles temporary public art and engagement project with artist Julia Vogl.The Arts Council launched Imagine Art Here in 2015 with of a series of county-wide public art engagement projects to elicit a vision for the role of the arts in the community and collect resident, workforce, and visitor feedback for future facilities, public art, and related arts amenities.

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Traveling Troupe Auditions 2016

TPE summercampsIf you want more theatre in your summer, space just opened up in TPE's Traveling Troupe. Final auditions will be held on June 18-19, 2016. Scholarships are still available. Call us at 703-987-1712 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule a special audition.

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Dominion Resources Earns Prestigious Jinx Hazel Arts Award

Dominion Resources Earns Prestigious Jinx Hazel Arts Award
The Arts Council of Fairfax County will recognize Dominion Resources, Inc. (Dominion) at the fifth annual Arts Awards on October 14, 2016 with the prestigious Jinx Hazel Arts Award. Dominion will be honored for its tremendous support and long-term investment in the artistic and cultural life and vitality of rural and urban communities in Fairfax County and the Commonwealth.


"Dominion’s extraordinary support of arts and culture has helped to enrich community life throughout Fairfax and Virginia. We are excited to name Dominion as this year’s Jinx Hazel award winner. The community impact they’ve had through both their monetary and volunteer support has been far-reaching over many years," said Linda S. Sullivan, president and CEO of the Arts Council of Fairfax County.

The Dominion Foundation annually invests more than $20 million in support programs, activities, and charitable giving that help improve the quality of life for people in states served by Dominion companies. The Dominion Foundation supports nonprofit causes that meet basic human needs, protects the environment, supports education and initiatives that promote community vitality. At least 26 nonprofit arts organizations in Fairfax County and the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church have been supported by the Dominion Foundation since 2011.

"We believe that we as a company are only as strong as the communities we serve," said Deborah Tompkins Johnson, Dominion’s Northern Regional Policy Director. "Providing support in the areas of critical needs, education, the environment and community vitality represents our varied range of commitment. And of course, we value and eagerly support the arts in the greater Fairfax County community."

Dominion’s involvement and contributions in Fairfax County and the Commonwealth range from supporting both small and mid-sized arts and cultural initiatives through its state-wide Dominion ArtStars awards program, a joint partnership with Virginians for the Arts, to program support and redevelopment in large urban centers such as the 5.5 million capital project for CenterStage in Richmond.

Since 2011, the annual Dominion ArtStars program has recognized 41 nonprofit arts organizations state-wide totaling $142,000 in awards. Four Fairfax organizations have been awarded for their contributions in arts and education honoring partnerships and collaborations with the schools. Past awardees were Fairfax’s Northern Virginia Youth Winds, a youth division of the City of Fairfax Band Association (2015), Mclean Project for the Arts (2014), Creative Cauldron (2012), and Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts (2012).

"It is rewarding to have been recognized by Dominion and Virginians for the Arts for our hard work making music education and symphonic ensemble performances available to youth, families, and adults in the community we serve," said John Flahive, president & CEO of the City of Fairfax Band Association.

For many years, Dominion and its company volunteers have supported multiple festivals and community activities in Fairfax County including Celebrate Fairfax, ArtSpace Herndon’s American roots music concert series, Herndon Festival, and the International Children’s Festival. Volunteering is at the heart of Dominion’s community programs and is deeply embedded in the company’s history. Dominion and its employees annually contribute more than 100,000 volunteer hours in states served by Dominion companies. Archival documents indicate that, as far back as 1918, employees of Virginia Railway and Power Company joined forces to package boxes of food and deliver them to families in need during the holiday season. Today’s employees continue to embody that spirit – a longstanding tradition of community service that few companies can match. Dominion’s longstanding volunteer program received the 2015 Virginia Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Award for its outstanding contributions.

"Dominion has supported Celebrate Fairfax for more than 20 years through its philanthropy, leadership, support of STEAM education, and community involvement.  Their investment builds capacity for our organization, and adds to the cultural diversity and vitality of our communities, and to the educational success of our students," said Barry Feil, president and CEO of Celebrate Fairfax.

The Arts Council will present the fifth annual Arts Awards at the Fairview Park Marriott, located at 3111 Fairview Park Drive, in Falls Church, Virginia 22042 on Friday, October 14, 2016 from noon to 2:00pm. The event recognizes the extraordinary contributions of artists and arts organizations, as well as the corporations, foundations, and individuals that support the arts in Fairfax County and the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church.
 
Tables and individual tickets to the event can be purchased by visiting our website at http://artsfairfax.org/artsawards or by contacting the Arts Council of Fairfax County at artsawards@artsfairfax.org or (703) 642-0862 x2.

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The Sound of Music: Reprises & Surprises!

mcleansymphonyconcertJoin the McLean Symphony on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 7:30 pm for their concert "The Sound of Music: Reprises & Surprises" at the McLean Community Center.

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2016 NEA Awards Go to 5 Fairfax County-based Arts Organizations

Congratulations to the Fairfax County-based arts organizations receiving a 2016 Challenge America Fast-Track or Art Works award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

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Virginia Chamber Orchestra Recognizes Arts Council at 45th Anniversary Gala

vco recognition linda sullivanThe Arts Council of Fairfax County was honored at the Virginia Chamber Orchestra’s (VCO) 45th Anniversary Gala held at Congressional Country Club.  Arts Council president and CEO Linda S. Sullivan accepted the recognition plaque for the Arts Council’s long-standing support of the VCO. Other honorees included Ms. Lola Reinsch and the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation.  Also in the photo are Doug Lovejoy, President, and Betty Farrell, Immediate Past President, of the Virginia Chamber Orchestra. Photo Credit: Lou Sica
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2016 Creative Aging Festival Features Diverse Line-Up

BMD PDClassThe 2016 Festival offers diverse interactive arts experiences ranging from African drumming, hands-on pottery, improv theatre, dance and healing, to American acoustic roots blues music.

The Arts Council of Fairfax County selected seven outstanding artists, ranging from arts education, dance, music, storytelling, and theatre, who will be part of a diverse line-up at the 2016 Creative Aging Festival, during the month of May, coinciding with Older Americans Month. Fifty activities and events are planned at fourteen senior centers throughout Fairfax County.

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Advocacy News

Thank you to all the Virginia arts advocates who came to support Americans for the Arts' National Arts Advocacy Day in March. Together, with more than 500 attendees from accross the U.S. arts advocates attended meetings with their federal representatives.

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Join us for Local Arts Advocacy Day: April 7, 2016

Join us for Local Arts Advocacy Day:  April 7, 2016

Your Voice Matters: #artsfx
Support Creative Communities in Fairfax County

The Arts Council of Fairfax County invites you to join with Fairfax County arts advocates and supporters on April 7, 2016 at the FY2017 Fairfax County Board of Supervisors budget hearings and pre-hearing arts reception and networking event.

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3 Fairfax County Public School Students Honored with Uphoff Scholarships

ceremony winners uphoff 2016The Arts Council of Fairfax County recognized Sarah Boyle from Marshall High School, Razan Elbaba from Oakton High School, and Rosy Molina from Fairfax High School on February 24, 2016 at the annual Scholastic Art Awards ceremony with a 2016 Uphoff Scholarship for their outstanding achievements in mixed media, digital, and collage art. Each student received a $1,000 prize and their work is on public display at the Ernst Community Cultural Center, NOVA, Annandale Campus, from February 21 through March 3, 2016.

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NextStop Theatre Company’s announces fourth professional season

NextStop Theatre Company’s announces fourth professional season

Watch how Producing Artistic Director Evan Hoffmann announces NextStop Theatre Company’s fourth professional season of theatre in the Dulles Corridor.

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Douglas Sanderson to be honored at Fairfax County Federation of Citizens' annual awards banquet

dougsandersonMr. Douglas Sanderson will be honored on April 3, 2016  by the Fairfax County Federation of Citizens' Associations at their sixty-sixth annual awards banquet. He will receive a Citation of Merit recognition for his 25 years of pro-bono legal service to the citizens of Fairfax County as legal counsel for the Arts Council of Fairfax County. Sanderson's professional expertise has had and continues to have a direct and positive impact on the quality of life in Fairfax County.

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Convergence 2016: 30th Annual Jazz & Tap Dance Festival

Convergence 2016: 30th Annual Jazz & Tap Dance Festival

The Dancin’ Unlimited Jazz Dance Company presents Convergence 2016 as its 30th Annual Jazz & Tap Dance Festival.  Choreographers are now mixing and merging the classic entertainment dance styles – jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary, and Broadway.  As a new artistic revue, Convergence 2016 will be performed on Saturday, March 12, 2016, 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, March 13, 2016, 4:00 p.m.; at the Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Campus Theater.   For information and tickets, visit http://www.jazz-dance.org.

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Symposium: Addressing Funding Inequities for Arts Organizations of Color

On Friday, February 26, 3PM, arts management professors, artists and cultural managers will gather to discuss challenges to improving inequities in arts funding. Audience Q-and-A to follow. The symposium is held at the Katzen Arts Center at American University.

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Key research findings early childhood STEM learning through the arts

Key research findings early childhood STEM learning through the arts

Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts published a press release this month on their latest research findings how arts-integrated teaching translates to additional month of math learning. Key research findings demonstrate that Wolf Trap’s Early STEM/Arts program:

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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 to Tysons on June 3

TEDxTysons Coming to Tysons on June 3

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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