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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 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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