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b2ap3_thumbnail_50anniversary.jpgJuly 2014 Newsletter

The Arts Council's "Opportunities in the Arts" newsletters include opportunities for individual artists, musicians, and arts administrators; jobs in the arts; and stories of the month.  This edition includes a wealth of calls for art, 4 jobs in the arts listings, and new information on grant opportunities for arts organizations. 

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The Arts Council of Fairfax County announces four new members to its Board of Directors: Richard S. Goldberg, The Honorable Katherine K. Hanley, Michael B. Majestic, and Grace Han Wolf.

“These new members bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in finance, local government, and business. They will join our existing members to support a dynamic and diverse arts community in Fairfax County,” said Linda S. Sullivan, President and CEO of the Arts Council of Fairfax County.......

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b2ap3_thumbnail_FPA-Summer-Series-banner.jpgDon't miss the great entertainment options at Fairfax County Parks this week.  Enjoy outdoor concerts, children's performances, even outdoor movies!

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b2ap3_thumbnail_wolftrap2014filene-centersmall.jpgWolf Trap Presents:
Heart, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Rodrigo y Gabriela with Special Guest Kishi Bashi, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Yo-Yo Ma, and Dark Star Orchestra

All Shows at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts,
1551 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia 22182

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 8 pm
Come over to Wolf Trap and watch Heart rock out and go "Crazy On You!" As the first women on the rock scene to write and perform their own music, sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson paved the way in the 1970s and 80s for female singer/songwriters. The two helped transform a struggling cover band into a multiplatinum international.....

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b2ap3_thumbnail_artspaceherndon-logo.jpgArtSpace Herndon and the Council for the Arts of Herndon invite the public to attend the Herndon Town Calendar Photography Exhibit Awards Reception on Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Forty-nine photographs from over 100 entries depicting everyday life in Herndon, Virginia were selected as finalists in the fourth annual Herndon Town Calendar Photography Competition. Professional photographers Peter Toth and Lee Love juried the competition. Finalists' photographs are on exhibit at ArtSpace Herndon through Sunday, July 27, 2014. Visitors to the gallery during the exhibit and reception are invited to vote for their favorite photograph for the People's Choice Award. www.artspaceherndon.org

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b2ap3_thumbnail_wolftrap2014filene-centersmall.jpg"OK Glass, Get Opera": Wolf Trap Opera to Introduce New Titling Technology for Mobile, Tablet and Google Glass™ at Carmen Performance on July 25

Technology journalist and opera aficionado David Pogue to use Google Glass to capture onstage action at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts.

The future of the arts takes center stage on July 25 at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, when Wolf Trap Opera unveil Figaro Systems' new supertitle technology that allows audiences to follow the narrative of a performance from their mobile, tablet or Google Glass™. The July 25 production, Bizet's classic opera Carmen, will also feature technology journalist and opera aficionado David Pogue as an onstage "extra" outfitted in costume and Google Glass to give the Wolf Trap audience a first-of-its-kind perspective of the Filene Center stage.

Performance and ticketing information
Georges Bizet's Carmen –New Production
Performed in French with English translations
Friday, July 25 at 8:15 pm
Wolf Trap Opera, National Symphony Orchestra and The Washington Chorus
Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA
For tickets and technical details visit, http://www.wolftrap.org/Find_Performances_and_Events/Performance/14Filene/0725show14.aspx  .......

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b2ap3_thumbnail_grace-profile-pic.jpgDIRECTOR of EDUCATION
Respond by July 25th

The Greater Reston Art Center (GRACE) seeks an experienced art education professional to lead the development and implementation of the Center's educational programming.

The Director of Education (full-time) reports to the Executive Director and provides leadership and vision for GRACE's educational programming. This position serves as a community liaison for GRACE, engaging the local and regional community in programming and educational initiatives.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_si-planetarium-show.jpg"Mind-Blowing Trip Through Space and Time—Set to Live Funky Jazz"
U.S. Navy Memorial Theater
July 25 & 26

Join David Grinspoon, an astrobiologist at the Library of Congress, and Ka Chun Yu, curator of space science at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science along with the House Band of the Universe, as they offer a mind-blowing trip through space and time—set to live funky jazz.

Definitely not an ordinary planetarium show, this is an evening that's guaranteed to be "psychoastrobiofunkiliscious."  See our home in space from a cosmic perspective and search for clues to life.
Two showings:
7:00 - 9:00 pm, July 25 & 26
US Navy Memorial Theater
701 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004
Tickets Members $30, Non-member $42:  http://tinyurl.com/kmcbghg
Special Discount Tickets:  $15
How To Redeem Discount:
Login to SmithsonianAssociates.org using the Promo Code 205928 to purchase your discounted tickets. You must login before adding tickets to your cart to view any discounted ticket prices. If you do not already have an account with SmithsonianAssociates.org, create one.

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For organizations familiar with applying for an Organizational and Professional Development grant, you will notice a significant change in the FY15 O&PD guidelines and application – No match required.  Initially the grant required a two to one match by the applicant.  This meant that the Arts Council would provide no more than one-third of the total expenses of the proposed activity, program or project.  The Arts Council has received additional funding from Fairfax County, which does not require a match.  Therefore, the Arts Council is able to pass that benefit on to arts organizations throughout the county.   

The Organizational and Professional Development Grant Program grants are non-recurring grants used to support eligible nonprofit arts organizations in Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax, and the City of Falls Church in developing the business aspect of the arts. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, staff training, strategic planning, board development, and financial management activities. These grants will not fund operating expenses. Organizational and Professional Development Grants are intended to support both established and developing arts organizations.

The application deadline for the FY15 Organizational and Professional Development grant is September 10, 2014. A grant preparation workshop will be held on August 5, 2014.  To  register, select the following link:


The guidelines and application are available online at http://artsfairfax.org/grants.

For questions, contact the grants department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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