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This is the arts & culture blog for Fairfax County,Virginia.

Arts Council Awards 17 Project Support Grants totaling $112,080

Arts Council Awards 17 Project Support Grants totaling $112,080

Image Caption: Shih Chieh Huang, Seductive Evolution of Animated Illumination, 2013. Collaboration with glass masters from Murano, Italy. Modification of Renaissance style glass chandelier with mixed household electronics. Image courtesy of the artist.

Seventeen Fairfax County non-profit arts organizations have been awarded Project Support Grants totaling $112,080 from the Arts Council of Fairfax County. FY16 funded projects offer a variety of arts disciplines to Fairfax County residents and visitors ranging from an interactive art installation created from a variety of materials such as LED lights and ordinary household objects; family friendly, educational ballet performances integrating audience feedback into the shows; and a Korean festival that includes traditional dance demonstrations, contemporary upbeat sounds of DJ remixes and K-POP (Korean pop) music.

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August Festivals: The Last of Summer

VFAugust is the last chance to enjoy summer before the kids go back to school. So it’s a good thing that August is full of family-friendly festivals. Pull the kids away from their iPads, computers, and phones and take them to one (or more!) of the following festivals in Fairfax County this month. Want to plan even farther in advance? Check out our Festival Directory!

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Traveling Players Ensemble Performs Three Plays of Love and Mystery

Traveling Players Performs Three Plays of Love and Mystery

Friday, August 7 at 4:30 pm
The Madeira School, McLean, VA
$10 Tickets Sold at the Door

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ArtSpace Herndon Call for Art

ArtSpace Herndon has two calls for art at the moment. So, get ready to break out the art supplies!

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ArtSpace Herndon Will Fill Your Summer Calendar!

ArtSpace Herndon is a community art gallery located at 750 Center Street, Herndon, VA. The organization supports local artists and also serves as a performance space and educational center. 

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Hairspray: City of Fairfax Theatre Company

HairsprayAlright, musical lovers! The classic Hairspray is in town! Although opening weekend already passed, there's still another chance to see the City of Fairfax Theatre Company perform Hairspray this upcoming weekend. 

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ArtSpace Herndon "The Road Less Traveled" Press Release

ArtSpace Herndon to Host "The Road Less Traveled"

ShellCastles16x20CG.naquinIn The Road Less Traveled enter the sanctuary of David Skibiak and Keith Naquin's artistic endeavors and experience the quiet place in their hearts and minds from which the art is born. By listening, by looking and by following their own perceptions, each viewer will discover something fresh and new in even the most commonplace of subject matter in this exhibit. The Road Less Traveled will be on exhibit at ArtSpace Herndon from Tuesday, July 28 through Sunday, August 23, 2015. Meet the artists during the Opening Reception on Saturday, August 1, 2015, 7 to 9 p.m.

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Spotlight by Starlight in Mason District

Spotlight by Starlight in Mason District

Mason District Park , located at 6621 Columbia Pike in Annandale, VA 22003 and Ossian Hall Park, located at 7900 Heritage Drive in Annandale, VA 22003 offer a great variety of free entertaining this summer and fall. Bring your entire family, friends, a picnic dinner, blankets, and lawn chairs to enjoy the best local and regional entertainers.

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"Imagine Your Parks" NEA Grant

ImagineYourParkGrantGrant deadline alert! Did you know that funds are available for arts projects in and about the National Park System? July 23 is the deadline for "Imagine Your Parks," a funding collaboration of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Park Service to support projects that use the arts to engage people with memorable places and landscapes of the National Park System. This NEA/NPS collaboration celebrates the NEA's 50th anniversary in 2015 and the National Park Service's centennial in 2016.

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July - October District Arts Update

tysonstiles trolley 1As the representative for artists and arts organizations within Fairfax County, we feel it is our role to serve as the connection between the arts and local government. We publish a District Arts Update every four months in an effort to share the successes and the needs of the arts community with the local government. 

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Mosaic Live THIS WEEKEND

Head out to Mosaic District on July 11 and/or 12 for a free concert weekend, presented in partnership with Jammin' Java. You can find all the details here.

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Shakespeare Comes to Lubber Run

Press release from the Traveling Players Ensemble:

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Glen Echo Park Labor Day Art Show

GlenEchoParkFor the 45th year, Glen Echo Park is accepting submissions for its Labor Day Art Show. Over 250 artists from the greater Washington, D.C. area participate in the show with a variety of media, inlcuding: sculpture, paintings, works on paper, ceramics, glass, fiber arts, jewelry, photography, and furniture. 

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Dance Through the Summer With BalletNova

BalletNovaBalletNova announced their summer dance opportunities, including camps and workshops, for July and August. You can register online at www.BalletNova.org or in the studio at 3443 Carlin Springs Rd, Falls Church, VA 22041. For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (703) 778-3008. 

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This Month's Opportunities in the Arts

This Month's Opportunities in the Arts

Below you will find information and opportunities for individual artists and arts administrators. Send your news, opportunities, and events to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will blog or retweet them. Remember to use the hashtag #artsfx.

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July Festivals

July Festivals

You can stop yearning for that beach vacation and just plan a staycation in Fairfax County! With all these festivals happening in July, why sit in traffic on 95? For complete details, visit the Fairfax Directory.

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Fourth of July Guide: Fireworks and Where to Find Them

fireworksWe all know the National Mall gets crazy on July 4th. Here are some alternatives throughout Fairfax County if you want all the fun but none of the hassle of getting into our nation's capital. 

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High Country Basketry Guild Reception

HighCountryBasketThe High Country Basketry Guild is holding a reception to kick off the July/August show of The Craft Gallery of Artisans United. As the featured artists of this show, several of the Guild members are scheduled to be on hand to discuss their craft and talk about their creations. Many of the articles on display are available for purchase.

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CAPTIVE Arts Exhibition

Epicure Café and The Bunnyman Bridge Collective Present:
CAPTIVE
June 27, 2015-August 15, 2015

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Herndon Town Calendar Photography Exhibit

ArtSpace Herndon and the Council for the Arts of Herndon present the fifth annual Herndon Town Calendar Photography Exhibit. Competition jurors Sabina Skulska and Lee Love selected the finalist photographs from entries to the Herndon Town Calendar Photography Competition. The finalist photographs will be on exhibit at ArtSpace Herndon Tuesday, June 30 through Sunday, July 26, 2015. Visitors to the gallery during the exhibit are invited to vote for their favorite photograph. Winners of the competition and the People's Choice will be announced during the reception on Saturday July 25, 2015, 7 to 9 p.m. The winning photographs and People's Choice will be published in next year's Herndon Calendar and Town Services Guide. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

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